CANADA CAPTURES GOLD AT WORLD JUNIORS
For the second straight tournament Canada captured gold at the IIHF World Junior Championship thanks to an overtime winner by a Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) alumni.
Former Northern Alberta Xtreme (NAX) forward Dylan Guenther scored the ‘Golden Goal’ 3:38 into overtime as Canada defeated Czechia 3-2. At the 2022 event in Edmonton, AB this summer, former BWC Academy forward Kent Johnson was the hero for Canada with an overtime goal of his own against Finland.
The 2023 World Juniors, which took place in Halifax and New Brunswick from December 26, 2022-January 5, 2023, saw nine CSSHL alumni play for Canada.
Among the 22 players on Team Canada included 2 NAX alumni:
- Dylan Guenther – Arizona Coyotes/NHL (Northern Alberta Xtreme)
- Zack Ostapchuk – Winnipeg Ice/WHL (Northern Alberta Xtreme)
Guenther finished the tournament with seven goals and three assists, including two goals in the gold medal game.
Ostapchuk, a forward from St. Albert, AB, scored two goals and one assist while playing key role on the penalty kill.