World Jrs

The Best of the Best

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the World Junior Championship, TSN polled 25 hockey experts to rank the Top 40 Canadian players in World Junior history. The panel of experts polled for TSN's Top 40 list include hockey broadcasters, writers, scouts, and executives that cover or are involved with the IIHF World Junior Championship (see below for complete list).


The Top 40


1. Jordan Eberle

Year GP G A PTS
2009 6 6 7 13
2010 6 8 5 13
TOTAL 12 14 12 26
Honours: MVP, Best Forward, All-Star (2010)
Finish: Gold (2009), Silver (2010)

Notes of Distinction: One of six Canadians to be named tournament MVP since honour introduced in 2005 … Led team in goals, points (2010) … Averaged 2.2 points per game, highest such mark for players with more than 10 games … Holds Canadian record for most career goals … Tied for second in career points behind Lindros … Earned points in all 12 career games – the longest career scoring streak in team history by five games … Scored 10 goals (including two shootout) in five games over two years vs. USA, Russia, Sweden … One of two Canadians with double-digit career games to average a goal per game (Carter).


2. Eric Lindros

Year GP G A PTS
1990 7 4 0 4
1991 7 6 11 17
1992 7 2 8 10
TOTAL 21 12 19 31
Honours: Best Forward, All-Star (1991)
Finish: Gold (1990, 1991), Sixth (1992)

Notes of Distinction: Led team in goals, assists, points (1991) … Led in assists, points (1992) … Only player to lead Canada in points in two tournaments … Holds Canada records for career points … 5th all-time in WJC assists … 10th all-time in WJC points … second in Canada career assists … Shares Canada record for most career games … Earned points in 11 of 14 games in 1991 & 1992 … 17 points in seven games in 1991 represents 2.4 PPG … Captain 1992.


3. Wayne Gretzky

Year GP G A PTS
1978 6 8 9 17
TOTAL 6 8 9 17
Honours: Best Forward, All-Star (1978)
Finish: Bronze (1978)


Notes of Distinction: Led team in goals, assists, points (1978) … Led tournament in points as 16-year-old, averaging all-time single tournament Canada high 2.8 points per game … Tied for second-most points in single tournament for Canada.


4. Jason Allison

Year GP G A PTS
1994 7 3 6 9
1995 7 3 12 15
TOTAL 14 6 18 24
Honours: All-Star (1995)
Finish: Gold (1994, 1995)

Notes of Distinction: Led team in assists, tied for lead in points (1995) … Averaged 1.7 PPG in 14 career games … Holds Canada record most assists in one WJC (12), which ranks 5th all-time … 7th all-time in WJC career assists … Earned points in 11 of 14 career games … Finished WJC career with 11 points in final four games.


5. Manny Legace

Year W L T SO GAA
1993 6 0 0 1 1.67
TOTAL 6 0 0 1 1.67
Honours: Best Goalkeeper, All-Star (1993)
Finish: Gold (1993)

Notes of Distinction: Tied for most wins at one WJC for Canada … Stopped 58 of 60 shots against Finland in 3-2 Canada win … Tournament SP: .953 --- Game by game: USA 31/31 1.000; Sweden 29/33 .879; Russia 43/44 .977; Finland 58/60 .967; German 23/25 .920; Japan 19/20 .900 … Tied most wins one WJC for Canada


6. John Tavares

Year GP G A PTS
2008 7 4 1 5
2009 6 8 7 15
TOTAL 13 12 8 20
Honours: MVP, Best Forward, All-Star (2009)
Finish: Gold (2008, 2009)

Notes of Distinction: One of six Canadians to be named tournament MVP since honour introduced in 2005 … Earned points in all six games in 2009 … Engineered 2009 New Year's Eve comeback vs. USA with three goals, including two in first period with team trailing 3-0.


7. Ryan Ellis

Year GP G A PTS
2009 6 1 6 7
2010 6 1 7 8
2011 7 3 7 10
TOTAL 19 5 20 25
Honours: Best Defenceman, All-Star (2011)
Finish: Gold (2009), Silver (2010, 2011)

Notes of Distinction: All-time WJC career defencemen assist leader … third all-time in WJC career assists … Tied with Colaiacovo for fourth-most points by WJC defenceman in single tournament … One of four Canadians with three WJC medals … Captain 2011.


8. Jonathan Toews

Year GP G A PTS
2006 6 0 2 2
2007 6 4 3 7
TOTAL 12 4 5 9
Honours: All-Star (2007)
Finish: Gold (2006, 2007)

Notes of Distinction: Led team in goals, points in 2007 … U.S.-killer in 2007, scoring two goals in round robin win & then assisting on only regulation goal before scoring three shootout goals; he added goal and assist in gold medal game vs. Russia.


9. Patrice Bergeron

Year GP G A PTS
2005 6 5 8 13
TOTAL 6 5 8 13
Honours: MVP, All-Star (2005)
Finish: Gold (2005)


Notes of Distinction: Led Dream Team II in points (2005) … One of six Canadians to be named tournament MVP since honour introduced in 2005 … Earned points in all six games.


10. Jimmy Waite

Year W L T SO GAA
1987 3 0 0 0 3.75
1988 6 0 1 0 2.29
TOTAL 8 0 1 0 2.63
Honours: Best Goalkeeper, All-Star (1988)
Finish: Disqualified (1987), Gold (1988)

Notes of Distinction: Tied with Stephane Fiset for most career wins at WJC for Canadian goalie … Tied for most wins at one WJC for Canada (1988) … Tied with Marc Denis for longest unbeaten streak by a Canadian goalie (seven) … Stopped 38 of 40 shots by USSR in 3-2 gold medal-clinching win; Canada was outshot 40-16 overall and 17-4 in third period (when Waite didn't allow a goal) … Tournament SP: .914 --- Game-by-Game: Sweden 18/20, .900; Czechoslovakia 24/26, .923; Finland 31/35, .886; USA 21/25, .840; USSR 38/40, .950; West Germany 22/23, .956; Poland 17/18, .944.


11. Dion Phaneuf

Year GP G A PTS
2004 6 2 2 4
2005 6 1 5 6
TOTAL 12 3 7 10
Honours: All-Star (2004), Best Defenceman, All-Star (2005)
Finish: Silver (2004), Gold (2005)

Notes of Distinction: Only two-time all-star defencemen for Canada and one of only four in history of tournament.


12. Brayden Schenn

Year GP G A PTS
2010 6 2 6 8
2011 7 8 10 18
TOTAL 13 10 16 26
Honours: MVP, Best Forward, All-Star (2011)
Finish: Silver (2010, 2011)

Notes of Distinction: One of 6 Canadians to be named tournament MVP since honour introduced in 2005 … Averaged 2.6 points per game in 2011, third highest single-tournament Canadian total … Averaged 2.0 PPG, second-highest among players with more than 10 games (behind Eberle, 2.2) … Earned points in 11 of 13 career games … Shares Canada record (Dale McCourt, 1977) for most points in single tournament … Tied for second (with Eberle) all-time in career WJC points for Canada.


13. Carey Price

Year W L T SO GAA
2007 6 0 0 2 1.14
TOTAL 6 0 0 2 1.14
Honours: MVP, Best Goalkeeper, All-Star (2007)
Finish: Gold (2007)


Notes of Distinction: One of six Canadians to be named tournament MVP since honour introduced in 2005 … Tied most wins one WJC for Canada … Tournament SP: .961 – Game by Game: Sweden 31/31, 1.000; USA 32/35, .914; Germany 18/19, .947; Slovakia 32/32, 1.000; USA 34/35, .971; Russia 25/27, .926.


14. Jeff Carter

Year GP G A PTS
2004 6 5 2 7
2005 6 7 3 10
TOTAL 12 12 5 17
Honours: All-Star (2004, 2005)
Finish: Silver (2004), Gold (2005)

Notes of Distinction: Led team in goals (2005) … Tied for third-most career goals by Canadian (12) … Scored goals in five of six games in 2005 … One of four forwards in tournament history to make back-to-back all-star teams (Krutov, Ruzicka, Pivonka, Carter) and only forward since 1985-86 … One of only two Canadians with double-digit career games to average a goal per game (Eberle).


15. Bryan McCabe

Year GP G A PTS
1994 7 0 0 0
1995 7 3 9 12
TOTAL 14 3 9 12
Honours: Best Defenceman, All-Star (1995)
Finish: Gold (1994, 1995)

Notes of Distinction: Tied with Pietrangelo for second-most points by WJC defenceman in single tournament … Earned points in all seven games.


16. Marc Denis

Year W L T SO GAA
1996 2 0 0 0 1.00
1997 5 0 2 1 1.86
TOTAL 7 0 2 1 1.67
Honours: Best Goalkeeper (1997)
Finish: Gold (1996, 1997)

Notes of Distinction: Shut out the United States in a 2-0 gold medal win in 1997.


17. Marty Murray

Year GP G A PTS
1994 7 1 3 4
1995 7 6 9 15
TOTAL 14 7 12 19
Honours: Best Forward, All-Star (1995)
Finish: Gold (1994, 1995)

Notes of Distinction: Tied for the team lead in points (1995) … Averaged 2.1 points per game in 1995 … earned points in all 7 games (1995), including eight points in final three games vs. Finland, Russia and Sweden.


18. Jarome Iginla

Year GP G A PTS
1996 6 5 7 12
TOTAL 6 5 7 12
Honours: Best Forward, All-Star (1996)
Finish: Gold (1996)


Notes of Distinction: Led team in goals, assists, points … Earned twice as many points (12) as team runner-up … Tied for tournament lead in goals & points.


19. Martin Lapointe

Year GP G A PTS
1991 7 0 3 3
1992 7 4 1 5
1993 7 5 4 9
TOTAL 21 9 8 17
Finish: Gold (1991, 1993), Sixth (1992)

Notes of Distinction: Led team in points, tied for lead in goals (1993) … Shares Canada record for most career games (21) & most tournaments (3) … Captain 1993


20. Todd Harvey

Year GP G A PTS
1994 7 4 3 7
1995 7 6 0 6
TOTAL 14 10 3 13
Finish: Gold (1994, 1995)

Notes of Distinction: Tied for longest goal scoring streak by Canadian (six games) … Scored goals in 10 of 13 career games … Captain 1995.


21. Marc Staal

Year GP G A PTS
2006 6 0 1 1
2007 6 0 0 0
TOTAL 12 0 1 1
Honours: Best Defenceman (2006)
Finish: Gold (2006, 2007)

22. Shayne Corson

Year GP G A PTS
1985 7 3 3 6
1986 7 7 7 14
TOTAL 14 10 10 20
Honours: All-Star (1986)
Finish: Gold (1985), Silver (1986)

Notes of Distinction: Led team in goals, tied for lead in points (1986) … Earned points in all seven games & scored goals in last five games (1986).


23. Sidney Crosby

Year GP G A PTS
2004 6 2 3 5
2005 6 6 3 9
TOTAL 12 8 6 14
Finish: Silver (2004), Gold (2005)

Notes of Distinction: Youngest Canadian to score at WJC.


24. Steve Mason

Year W L T SO GAA
2008 5 0 0 1 1.19
TOTAL 5 0 0 1 1.19
Honours: MVP, Best Goalkeeper, All-Star (2008)
Finish: Gold (2008)

Notes of Distinction: One of six Canadians to be named tournament MVP since honour introduced in 2005 … Tournament SP: .964 -- Game by Game: Czech 44/44, 1.000; Slovakia 22/22, 1.000; Denmark 15/16, .938; Finland 21/23, .913; USA 33/34, .971; Sweden 26/28, .929.


25. Dale McCourt

Year GP G A PTS
1977 7 10 8 18
TOTAL 7 10 8 18
Honours: Best Forward, All-Star (1977)
Finish: Silver (1977)


Notes of Distinction: Led team in points, tied for lead in goals (1977) … Shares Canada record for most goals in one WJC (10) … Shares Canada record (Brayden Schenn, 2011) for most points in single tournament … Shares Canada record (Harvey) for longest goal scoring streak (6) … Averaged 2.6 points per game in 2009, third highest single-tournament Canadian total … Captain 1977.


26. Martin Gendron

Year GP G A PTS
1993 7 5 2 7
1994 7 6 4 10
TOTAL 14 11 6 17
Finish: Gold (1993, 1994)


Notes of Distinction: Tied for team lead in goals (1993) … Tied for team lead in goals, points (1994) … Tied for fourth in career goals by Canadian … Scored goals in last three games of 1994 tournament, including two (and an assist) in 6-4 win over Sweden that gave Canada gold.


27. Cody Hodgson

Year GP G A PTS
2009 6 5 11 16
TOTAL 6 5 11 16
Honours: All-Star (2009)
Finish: Gold (2009)


Notes of Distinction: Led team & tournament in assists & points … Averaged 2.7 points per game, second highest Canadian total (behind Gretzky) … Earned second-most assists at one WJC for Canada (behind Allison's 12) … Earned points in all six games.


28. Alex Pietrangelo

Year GP G A PTS
2009 6 1 2 3
2010 6 3 9 12
TOTAL 12 4 11 15
Honours: Best Defenceman, All-Star (2010)
Finish: Gold (2009), Silver (2010)

Notes of Distinction: Led team in assists (2010) … Earned points in all six games (2010) … Tied with Bryan McCabe for second-most points by WJC defenceman in single tournament


29. Ryan Getzlaf

Year GP G A PTS
2004 6 3 3 6
2005 6 3 9 12
TOTAL 12 6 12 18
Finish: Silver (2004), Gold (2005)

Notes of Distinction: Led team in assists (2005) … Earned points on five of Canada's final nine goals in 2005: 0-2-2 in 3-1 semi-final win vs. Czech & 1-2-3 in 6-1 gold win vs. Russia


30. Jamie Storr

Year W L T SO GAA
1994 3 0 1 0 2.50
1995 4 0 0 0 3.50
TOTAL 7 0 1 0 3.00
Honours: Best Goalkeeper (1994)
Finish: Gold (1994, 1995)

Notes of Distinction: Tied for second-most career wins for Canada at WJC.


31. Kris Letang

Year GP G A PTS
2006 6 1 2 3
2007 6 0 6 6
TOTAL 12 1 8 9
Honours: All-Star (2007)
Finish: Gold (2006, 2007)

Notes of Distinction: Led team in assists (2007) … Earned points in five of six games … Captain 2007.


32. Jason Botterill

Year GP G A PTS
1994 6 1 0 1
1995 7 0 4 4
1996 6 1 3 4
TOTAL 19 2 7 9
Finish: Gold (1994, 1995, 1996)

Notes of Distinction: Only player in WJC history with three gold medals … Career win-loss-tie: 19-0-1.


33. Theo Fleury

Year GP G A PTS
1987 6 2 3 5
1988 7 6 2 8
TOTAL 13 8 5 13
Honours: All-Star (1988)
Finish: Disqualified (1987), Gold (1988)

Notes of Distinction: Tied for team lead in goals (1988) … Earned points in all seven games in 1988 & scored goals in five of seven games … Captain 1988.


34. Justin Pogge

Year W L T SO GAA
2006 6 0 0 3 1.00
TOTAL 6 0 0 3 1.00
Finish: Gold (2006)



Notes of Distinction: Holds WJC record for most shutouts (three) in single tournament – including 35-save shutout vs. Russia in gold medal game … second longest shutout streak in WJC history: 151:50 … Tournament SP: .952 – Finland 16/17, .941; Switzerland 14/17, .823; Norway 13/13; USA 22/24 .917; Finland 19/19, 1.000; Russia 35/35, 1.000 … Tied most wins one WJC for Canada.


35. Patrice Brisebois

Year GP G A PTS
1990 7 2 2 4
1991 7 1 6 7
TOTAL 14 3 8 11
Finish: Gold (1990, 1991)

Notes of Distinction: Led team in defencemen points in 1991 and tied for team lead in 1990.


36. Eric Daze

Year GP G A PTS
1995 7 8 2 10
TOTAL 7 8 2 10
Honours: All-Star (1995)
Finish: Gold (1995)


Notes of Distinction: Scored third-most goals by Canadian in one tournament (8) … Scored goals in six of seven games, including three vs. Russia.


37. Dave Chyzowski

Year GP G A PTS
1990 7 9 4 13
TOTAL 7 9 4 13
Honours: All-Star (1990)
Finish: Gold (1990)


Notes of Distinction: Led team in goals, points (1990) … Scored second-most goals by Canadian in one tournament (nine) … six-game goal-scoring streak tied (Dale McCourt, 1977) for longest in Canada history … Captain 1990.


38. Stephane Fiset

Year W L T SO GAA
1989 3 2 1 0 3.27
1990 5 1 1 1 2.57
TOTAL 8 3 2 1 2.88
Honours: Best Goalkeeper, All-Star (1990)
Finish: Fourth (1989), Gold (1990)

Notes of Distinction: Tied for most games (13) by Canadian goalie at WJC … Tied with Waite for most career wins at WJC for Canadian goalie.


39. Drew Doughty

Year GP G A PTS
2008 7 0 4 4
TOTAL 7 0 4 4
Honours: Best Defenceman, All-Star (2008)
Finish: Gold (2008)



40. PK Subban

Year GP G A PTS
2008 7 0 0 0
2009 6 3 6 9
TOTAL 13 3 6 9
Honours: All-Star (2009)
Finish: Gold (2008, 2009)



Team Canada's 40 Greatest Juniors panel: Sherry Bassin, Erie Otters general manager; Craig Button, TSN scout; Tim Bernhardt, Phoenix Coyotes scout; Ken Campbell, The Hockey News; David Conte, New Jersey Devils scout; Gregg Drinnan, Kamloops Daily News; James Duthie, TSN host; Sheldon Ferguson, Carolina Hurricanes scout; Ray Ferraro, TSN analyst; Paul Graham, TSN vice-president; Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun; Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun; Marc Lachapelle, Journal de Montreal (retired); Gary Lawless, Winnipeg Free Press; Stephane Leroux, RDS host; Peter Loubardias, Shaw WHL play-by-play commentator; Blair Mackasey, Minnesota Wild scout; Pierre McGuire, NBC analyst; Bob McKenzie, TSN Insider; Gord Miller, TSN play-by-play commentator; Willy Palov, Halifax Chronicle-Herald; Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada vice-president; Andrew Podnieks, IIHF writer; Donna Spencer, Canadian Press Ed Willes, Vancouver Province


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