Canada’s National Men’s Team defeated Finland to win gold medal at 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. (Photo Credit – Hockey Canada)
Nick Paul and Connor Brown helped Canada secure its 27th World title with Nick scoring in overtime on an assist from Connor. Maxime Comtois and Adam Henrique also scored for Canada.
Paul said “We started off 0-3, not the start we wanted, but we came together as a group. People counted us out, [but] we knew we were going to come together, work hard and take it in the end and we did. We made it closer than we wanted, but it was an unbelievable, hard-fought game and I’m super proud right now.”
Meanwhile, Henrique said “You get familiar with how Finland plays; they play such a structured and tight defensive game. We knew it was going to be a battle. We knew we were going to have to find a way to score a few goals to win because once they get a lead they are tough to come back on and they’ve proven that year after year.”
The Canadians are the first team to ever win gold at the tournament after dropping its first three games, according to Hockey Canada.
Andrew Mangiapane (Bolton, Ont./Calgary, NHL) was named tournament Most Valuable Player for for finishing with seven goals with four of them game-winners – and four assists in seven games.