Stankoven wins gold with Canada at 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship

WHL Network

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League is proud to congratulate the nine WHL players representing Canada who earned gold medals at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship in Frisco and Plano, Texas.

Canada defeated Russia by a final score of 5-3 on Thursday night in Frisco, Texas.

WHL players returning home with gold include goaltenders Thomas Milic (Coquitlam, B.C. / Seattle Thunderbirds), and Tyler Brennan (Winnipeg, Man. / Prince George Cougars), defencemen Nolan Allan (Davidson, Sask. / Prince Albert Raiders), Denton Mateychuk (Dominion City, Man. / Moose Jaw Warriors), Olen Zellweger (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. / Everett Silvertips), and forwards Logan Stankoven (Kamloops, B.C. / Kamloops Blazers), Conner Roulette (Winnipeg, Man. / Seattle Thunderbirds), Connor Bedard (North Vancouver, B.C. / Regina Pats), and Dylan Guenther (Edmonton, Alta. / Edmonton Oil Kings).

Joining the nine WHL players with Canada are Matt Weninger (Goaltending Consultant / Moose Jaw Warriors) and Dr. Ben Cameron (Team Physician / Lethbridge Hurricanes).

As he did so often throughout the tournament, Bedard sparked Canada on Thursday night. After Russia opened the scoring 5:13 into regulation, the product of North Vancouver responded for Canada with an electrifying, highlight-reel goal 15:59 into the first period. The two teams exchanged goals once again and sat tied 2-2 after 20 minutes of play.

Thanks to a second period goal from Stankoven, Canada established a two-goal advantage after 40 minutes of play.

Russia made things close midway through the third period, making it a 4-3 game. Captain Shane Wright iced the affair, taking a record-setting pass from Bedard and depositing it into an empty net with 40 seconds to go.

With 14 points (7G-7A), the 15-year-old Bedard finished tied with Wright for the Canadian tournament scoring lead. Bedard was named to the Media All-Star Team for the tournament, recognition for a performance that included matching a record for points by a 15-year-old at the IIHF U18 World Championship, which was previously set by Canada’s Connor McDavid in 2013.

Including Thursday’s gold medal victory, Canada went on an undefeated run at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship, knocking off Sweden, Latvia, Switzerland, and Belarus in preliminary play before then beating the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals and Sweden once again in the semifinals.

Prior to Thursday’s gold-medal contest, Sweden claimed bronze, topping Finland by a final score of 8-0.

This represents Canada’s first gold medal at the IIHF U18 World Championship since 2013. Since 2002, Canada has won four gold medals at the event (2003, 2008, 2013, 2021), in addition to one silver (2005) and three bronze (2012, 2014, 2015).

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team, please visit

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Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 375 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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