Thursday, January 6, 2011
Canada's worst loss at the World Junior Chamionships
Allowing 5 unanswered goals to blow a 3-0 third period lead to lose the gold medal certainly ranks as one of Canada's worst losses in World Junior Championship history.
But it was not Canada's worst loss ever.
In 1976 the World Junior Hockey Championships, held in Finland, was still an unofficial tournament. Sweden pummeled Team Canada 17-1 which marks Canada's worst loss at the U20 World Juniors.
Canada was represented by the defending QMJHL champions Sherbrooke Castors (also known as the Beavers). Coached by Ghislain Delage, the Beavers' roster included future NHLers Jere Gillis, Daniel Chicoine, Peter Marsh and goalie Richard Sevigny.
I pretty sure that following the tournament it was determined that Canada would be represented by a National Junior team rather than a club team. The rest was history.