Tyler Steenbergen was Canada’s 13th forward for most of the world junior hockey championship, consistently getting the fewest minutes on the team. It was fitting then that on a Canadian squad head coach Dominique Ducharme built around depth that Steenbergen was the one to score the winner in the gold-medal game.
Steenbergen deflected a long pass from defenceman Connor Timmins into the net with 1:40 left to play to lead Canada to a 3-1 victory over Sweden on Friday. Steenbergen had played only 32 seconds in the first period, then 2:45 in the second and 3:59 in the third.
“It goes to show that Dom can put anyone on the ice at any time and he believes in them,” said Steenbergen. “It’s pretty special to be able to know that I’d be out there in those final two minutes and I can put it in the net.”
Rarely used in the tournament except on the power play, Steenbergen dropped to one knee and pumped his fist after putting away the winner, pounding on the glass before being mobbed by teammates.
“I think that explains everything,” said captain Dillon Dube of Steenbergen scoring when he had so little ice time. “It’s a cliche but four lines deep really means something. I couldn’t be happier for any other guy to get it. And now he’s a champion forever.”
Dube also scored for Canada, while Alex Formenton added an empty-net goal 26 seconds after Steenbergen struck. Carter Hart made 35 saves, tying Jimmy Waite and Stephane Fiset for most career wins by a Canadian goalie at the world juniors.
Hart was a fan favourite thanks to his many idiosyncrasies. In particular, his insistence on being the last player to leave the ice after a period and the lengths he would go to insure that he was last off made him an Internet darling.
“To be honest, I don’t really care about how I did as an individual,” said Hart. “It’s definitely one of the best games to be a part of in my life. It’s one of the best days of my life.”
Loud “Let’s go Canada!” chants began within the first minute of the game. It was the largest indoor crowd of the tournament by a wide margin, with 17,544 fans at KeyBank Center. Poor attendance throughout the event, aside from the record-setting 44,592 fans at the first-ever outdoor game, was an ongoing issue.
International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel admitted on Thursday that the Toronto-Buffalo corridor has been oversaturated with three world junior championships in the region over the past four years, on top of the NHL’s World Cup of Hockey in Toronto in the fall of 2016. He said that the IIHF would try to spread events around North America more to avoid burning out fans.
Sweden outshot Canada 16-9 in a scoreless first period, but both teams’ speed was on full display with several end-to-end rushes and quick passing plays. This is the sort of team Ducharme and the executives at Hockey Canada envisioned when they began assembling their roster in St. Catharines, Ont., in mid-December: fast, applying constant pressure to their opponents and creating breakaways from turnovers.
That speed was noticeable on Canada’s opening goal of the night. Jordan Kyrou carried the puck down the centre of the ice, passing to Dube on his left wing and he snapped the puck past Swedish goalie Filip Gustavsson at the 1:49 mark of the second.
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“The Swedes are good skaters, good skills, it’s harder to be putting that pressure on them,” said Ducharme. “But I thought that the more the game went, the more zone time we had, our speed got a little bit better and we could play our game better.”
The crowd erupted with cheers after Dube’s goal, singing along to “Hey Baby!” by DJ Otzi, putting extra emphasis on the “ooo, ahhhh” of the chorus.
“Hey Baby!” had been a controversial choice for Canada’s goal-scoring celebration song. The majority of Canada’s players voted for a different song but two players went rogue and submitted the ear-worm on their own. Eventually, it became a favourite of all the players and especially Canadian fans who enjoyed serenading their team after wins.
“It was huge for all of us to have all the Canadians fans down here and supporting us,” said Hart. “I know they really took a liking to our goal song. When we scored our goal at the end there everyone was screaming, belting out the lyrics to that song at the top of their lungs.”
Sweden’s Tim Soderlund responded with about seven minutes left in the second, breaking down the right wing while Sweden was down a player. He ripped a wrist shot over Hart’s glove hand to tie it 1-1.
The Swedes dominated play in the second, with Canada struggling to get shots on net and forcing too many passes. By the end of the period Sweden had outshot Canada 25-18 even though the Canadians had two power plays in the second.
But Canada began to find its stride again in the third period, picking up speed and putting the pressure back on to Sweden. That faster pace played to Steenbergen’s strengths and his game-winning goal.
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“He had some jump in his skating tonight, so I used him a little bit more,” said Ducharme. “We all know what kind of goal scorer he is so he only needed one chance. He had it and didn’t miss it.”
Trent Frederic scored four times to lead the United States past the Czech Republic 9-3 earlier Friday in the bronze-medal game.
Seven of Canada’s players returned from last year’s team that lost to the U.S. in the shootout of that tournament’s gold-medal game. Throughout selection camp and into the tournament Hart, Dube and other veterans were asked about redeeming themselves after that heart-breaking loss.
“It’s probably the best feeling I’ve ever had,” said Dube. “It’s a relief. Going into that third period all I could think about was getting that gold medal.”
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Edmonton /ˈɛdməntən/ (About this sound listen) is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta. Edmonton is on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, which is surrounded by Alberta’s central region. The city anchors the north end of what Statistics Canada defines as the “Calgary–Edmonton Corridor”.
The city had a population of 932,546 in 2016, making it Alberta’s second-largest city and Canada’s fifth-largest municipality. Also in 2016, Edmonton had a metropolitan population of 1,321,426, making it the sixth-largest census metropolitan area (CMA) in Canada. Edmonton is North America’s northernmost city that has a metropolitan population over one million. A resident of Edmonton is known as an Edmontonian.
Edmonton’s historic growth has been facilitated through the absorption of five adjacent urban municipalities (Strathcona, North Edmonton, West Edmonton, Beverly and Jasper Place) and a series of annexations ending in 1982.[ Known as the “Gateway to the North”, the city is a staging point for large-scale oil sands projects occurring in northern Alberta and large-scale diamond mining operations in the Northwest Territories.
Edmonton is a cultural, governmental and educational centre. It hosts a year-round slate of festivals, reflected in the nickname “Canada’s Festival City”. It is home to North America’s largest mall, West Edmonton Mall (the world’s largest mall from 1981 until 2004), and Fort Edmonton Park, Canada’s largest living history museum.
Further information: History of Edmonton and Timeline of Edmonton history
The earliest known inhabitants settled in the area that is now Edmonton around 3,000 BC and perhaps as early as 12,000 BC, when an ice-free corridor opened as the last glacial period ended and timber, water, and wildlife became available in the region.
In 1754, Anthony Henday, an explorer for the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), may have been the first European to enter the Edmonton area. His expeditions across the Canadian Prairies were mainly to seek contact with the aboriginal population for establishing the fur trade, as competition was fierce between the Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company. By 1795, Fort Edmonton was established on the river’s north bank as a major trading post for the Hudson’s Bay Company. The new fort’s name was suggested by John Peter Pruden after Edmonton, London, the home town of both the HBC deputy governor Sir James Winter Lake, and Pruden.
In 1876, Treaty 6, which includes what is now Edmonton, was signed between the Aboriginal peoples in Canada (or First Nations) and Queen Victoria as Queen of Canada, as part of the Numbered Treaties of Canada. The agreement includes the Plains and Woods Cree, Assiniboine, and other band governments of First Nations at Fort Carlton, Fort Pitt and Battle River. The area covered by the treaty represents most of the central area of the current provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta.
The coming of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) to southern Alberta in 1885 helped the Edmonton economy, and the 1891 building of the Calgary and Edmonton (C&E) Railway resulted in the emergence of a railway townsite (South Edmonton/Strathcona) on the river’s south side, across from Edmonton. The arrival of the CPR and the C&E Railway helped bring settlers and entrepreneurs from eastern Canada, Europe, U.S. and other parts of the world. The Edmonton area’s fertile soil and cheap land attracted settlers, further establishing Edmonton as a major regional commercial and agricultural centre. Some people participating in the Klondike Gold Rush passed through South Edmonton/Strathcona in 1897. Strathcona was North America’s northernmost railway point, but travel to the Klondike was still very difficult for the “Klondikers”, and a majority of them took a steamship north to the Yukon from Vancouver, British Columbia.
Jasper Avenue, ca. 1907
Incorporated as a town in 1892 with a population of 700 and then as a city in 1904 with a population of 8,350, Edmonton became the capital of Alberta when the province was formed a year later, on September 1, 1905. In November 1905, the Canadian Northern Railway (CNR) arrived in Edmonton, accelerating growth.
During the early 1900s, Edmonton’s rapid growth led to speculation in real estate. In 1912, Edmonton amalgamated with the City of Strathcona, south of the North Saskatchewan River; as a result, the city extended south of the North Saskatchewan River for the first time.
Just prior to World War I, the boom ended, and the city’s population declined from more than 72,000 in 1914 to less than 54,000 only two years later. Many impoverished families moved to subsistence farms outside the city, while others fled to greener pastures in other provinces. Recruitment to the Canadian army during the war also contributed to the drop in population. Afterwards, the city slowly recovered in population and economy during the 1920s and 1930s and took off again during and after World War II.
The Edmonton City Centre Airport opened in 1929, becoming Canada’s first licensed airfield.Originally named Blatchford Field in honour of former mayor Kenny Blatchford, pioneering aviators such as Wilfrid R. “Wop” May and Max Ward used Blatchford Field as a major base for distributing mail, food, and medicine to Northern Canada; hence Edmonton’s emergence as the “Gateway to the North”. World War II saw Edmonton become a major base for the construction of the Alaska Highway and the Northwest Staging Route.
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