Canada: 6 W - 0 T - 0 L, Gold Medal
Canada was a perfect 6-0-0 in the 1996 World Junior Championship in Boston, but unlike the previous year, this gold medal was earned with elbow grease and tough defence.
A huge and mobile defence corps simply did not allow many shots at the Canadian net. Defensive specialists like Rhett Warrener, Curtis Brown, Chad Allen and Nolan Baumgartner anchored in the Canadian zone, while more gifted skaters like Wade Redden and Chris Phillips were encouraged to stick to defence.
The results were staggering.
With Jose Theodore and Marc Denis sharing the net, Canada set a tournament record by allowing just eight goals in six games. Theodore, winning all four of his starts and posting a 1.50 goals against average, was named the tournament's top goaltender.
On offence, Canada relied on the passion and power of Jarome Iginla, who was named the tournament's top forward after scoring 12 points. Christian Dube was another sniper for Canada, counting four big goals.
As usual, Canada had a bunch of tough checkers to go with the glamour boys. Alyn McCauley was a quiet leader, while the likes of Hnat Domenichelli and Tyler Wright aggressively banged the boards. Whatever star power this team lacked up front, it more than made up for in effort.
Surprisingly, Canada still had the tournament's second-best offence, scoring a total of 27 goals.
There were three Canadians on the all-star team; Iginla, Baumgartner and Theodore. One goalie, one defenceman and one forward. It was a fitting representation of Canada's balanced line-up.
All that being said, the competition wasn't exactly stiff in 1996. In fact, the top two scorers after Iginla were Florian Keller and Marco Sturm of the eighth-place German squad. Still, it was Canada's fourth gold medal in a row.
|Gold - Canada 4, Sweden 1|
|Bronze - Russia 4, Czech Republic 1|
Team Canada Roster (GP - G - A - Pts)
Jarome Iginla (6 - 5 - 7 - 12)
Christian Dube (6 - 4 - 2 - 6)
Daymond Langkow (5 - 3 - 3 - 6)
Alyn McCauley (6 - 2 - 3 - 5)
Jason Podollan (6 - 2 - 3 - 5)
Hnat Domenichelli (6 - 2 - 3 - 5)
Jason Botterill (6 - 1 - 3 - 4)
Robb Gordon (6 - 0 - 4 - 4)
Jason Holland (6 - 2 - 1 - 3)
Jamie Wright (6 - 1 - 2 - 3)
Mike Watt (6 - 1 - 2 - 3)
Brad Larsen (6 - 1 - 1 - 2)
Denis Gauthier (6 - 1 - 1 - 2)
Nolan Baumgartner (6 - 1 - 1 - 2)
Wade Redden (6 - 0 - 2 - 2)
Chad Allan (6 - 1 - 0 - 1)
Curtis Brown (5 - 0 - 1 - 1)
Chris Phillips (6 - 0 - 0 - 0)
Rhett Warrener (6 - 0 - 0 - 0)
Craig Mills (6 - 0 - 0 - 0)
Team Canada Goaltending (W-L-T - GAA - SO)
Marc Denis (2-0-0 - 1.00 - 0)
Jose Theodore (4-0-0 - 1.50 - 0)
|G - Jose Theodore (CAN)||F - Jarome Iginla (CAN)|
|D - Mattias Ohlund (SWE)||F - Johan Davidsson (SWE)|
|D - Nolan Baumgartner (CAN)||F - Alexei Morozov (RUS)|
|Jarome Iginla (CAN)||6||5||7||12|
|Florian Keler (GER)||6||4||8||12|
|Marco Sturm (GER)||6||4||6||10|
|Miika Elomo (FIN)||6||4||5||9|
|Johan Davidsson (SWE)||7||3||6||9|