Canada: 5 W - 2 T - 0 L, Gold Medal
Canada seemed to struggle at the 1997 World Junior Championships in Geneva, Switzerland, but somehow went undefeated and came home with its fifth straight gold medal.
Canada was 2-0-2 in the round-robin portion of the tournament and had trouble finding any offensive spark. That changed in the playoff portion, as 17-year-old Boyd Devereaux scored a clutch marker late in the semi-final to beat Russia 3-2 and then opened the scoring in the final as Canada beat the United States 2-0 to claim gold.
There were other offensive stars for Canada during the tournament, as Brad Isbister, Christian Dube and Cameron Mann tied for the team lead with seven points.
In the end, Canada was the highest scoring team in Geneva with 27 goals, although Russia scored 26 times in only six games while claiming the bronze.
Canada won on the strength of its defence, led by veterans Chris Phillips and Brad Larsen, while new-comers Jesse Wallin, Jason Doig and Richard Jackman provided size, speed and mobility. It was a multi-faceted group full of future pros.
Canada was also set in goal, where Marc Denis played all but one minute and was never less than sensational. He was particularly brilliant in the final game, stopping 35 American shots to get the shutout, the win, and the gold medal. He was a no-brainer pick for top goalie and ended his WJHC career with a 7-0-2 record and a sparking 1.67 goals against average.
Somehow, Denis was left off the all-star team, but Phillips and Dube were there to represent Canada.
In stretching its gold medal run to five straight tournaments, Canada also extended its incredible record to an unthinkable 24-0-3 in its last 27 world junior championship games.
The streak had put the team under intense pressure over the week, but they came through with flying colours to claim Canada's tenth gold medal.
|Gold - Canada 2, United States 0|
|Bronze - Russia 4, Czech Republic 1|
Team Canada Roster (GP - G - A - Pts)
Brad Isbister (7 - 4 - 3 - 7)
Christian Dube (7 - 4 - 3 - 7)
Cameron Mann (7 - 3 - 4 - 7)
Daniel Briere (7 - 2 - 4 - 6)
Alyn McCauley (7 - 0 - 5 - 5)
Boyd Devereaux (7 - 4 - 0 - 4)
Peter Schaefer (7 - 3 - 1 - 4)
Joe Thornton (7 - 2 - 2 - 4)
Trevor Letowski (7 - 1 - 2 - 3)
Richard Jackman (7 - 2 - 0 - 2)
Jason Doig (7 - 0 - 2 - 2)
Trent Whitfield (7 - 1 - 0 - 1)
Brad Larsen (7 - 0 - 1 - 1)
Chris Phillips (7 - 0 - 1 - 1)
Jesse Wallin (7 - 0 - 0 - 0)
Hugh Hamilton (7 - 0 - 0 - 0)
Jeff Ware (7 - 0 - 0 - 0)
Dwayne Hay (7 - 0 - 0 - 0)
Shane Willis (7 - 0 - 0 - 0)
Corey Sarich (7 - 0 - 0 - 0)
Team Canada Goaltending (W-L-T - GAA - SO)
Marc Denis (5-0-2 - 1.86 - 1)
Martin Biron (0-0-0 - 0.00 - 0)
|G - Brian Boucher (USA)||F - Sergei Samsonov (RUS)|
|D - Mark Streit (SUI)||F - Michael York (USA)|
|D - Chris Phillips (CAN)||F - Christian Dube (CAN)|
|Michael York (USA)||6||5||5||10|
|Tomi Kallio (FIN)||6||5||4||9|
|Erik Rasmussen (USA)||6||4||5||9|
|Rastislav Pavlikovsky (SVK)||6||2||7||9|
|Alexei Morozov (RUS)||6||5||3||8|