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McKenna leads Canada to gold with hat-trick
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McKenna's Hat-trick Lifts Canada to Gold

Published May 5, 2024 at 8:46 PM
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In a thrilling showdown that will be etched in hockey history, Team Canada orchestrated a remarkable comeback to snatch gold from the U.S. in the 2024 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. The 16-year-old sensation Gavin McKenna emerged as the hero, delivering a performance for the ages with three goals and an assist.

Under Coach Gardiner MacDougall's guidance, the Canadians seized a pivotal opportunity, capitalizing on a crucial five-minute power play following U.S. forward Trevor Connelly's ejection for a dangerous hit on Ryder Ritchie.

"It's hard to put into words what this victory means," said Canadian captain Porter Martone. "We fought with everything we had in that third period, digging deep to secure the gold medal. That's what truly counts."

With the arena pulsating with energy, shots favored the U.S. 35-25, but Canadian goalie Carter George stood tall against the relentless American onslaught. The loss was a bitter disappointment for the U.S., who, like Canada, had entered the final unbeaten and aimed to defend its 2023 title.


Reflecting on the triumph, McKenna expressed his overwhelming emotions, saying, "This is a dream come true. The camaraderie we share in that locker room is something truly special. George's heroic saves kept us in the game when it mattered most. From our steadfast defense to our potent offense, every player contributed, and it's an indescribable feeling. This moment will be etched in my memory forever."

The victory marked Canada's fifth U18 Worlds gold medal, surpassing host Finland's tally. Despite the setback, the U.S. has secured an impressive 20 U18 Worlds medals in total.


As anticipation builds for the 2025 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in the United States, fans, media, and scouts eagerly await the next chapter in this captivating international rivalry.

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