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WHL well represented as Canada wins gold at 2021 IIHF World Championship

Vancouver Giants head coach Michael Dyck and Brandon Wheat Kings captain Braden Schneider both added to their respective trophy cabinets Sunday, as Canada won the gold medal at the 2021 IIHF World Championship in Riga, Latvia.

Ottawa Senators forward Nick Paul scored 6:26 into overtime to help Canada defeat Finland 3-2 in the gold medal game. The Canadians claimed their first gold medal in five years, and 27th overall.

Dyck recently completed his third season as head coach of the Vancouver Giants, leading the club to a 12-10-0-0 record during the 2020-21 WHL season. He was named an assistant coach with Team Canada in May.

Schneider, a prospect of the New York Rangers, finished with one assist in nine games played at the 2021 IIHF World Championship. He recorded 27 points (5G-22A) for the Wheat Kings during the 2020-21 WHL season and was named the 2020-21 East Division Defenceman of the Year.

Joining Dyck and Schneider on Canada’s gold medal-winning squad were four WHL alumni.

Former Red Deer Rebels goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 29 saves in the gold medal game, finishing the tournament with five wins, a 2.17 goals-against average and 0.916 save percentage.

He was joined in the Canadian crease by his Arizona Coyotes teammate and former Portland Winterhawks netminder Adin Hill, who stopped 40 of 44 shots in his three appearances in the tournament.

Former Spokane Chiefs captain Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Los Angeles Kings) and ex-Red Deer Rebels forward Brandon Hagel (Chicago Blackhawks) appeared in all 10 games for Canada. Anderson-Dolan registered two assists.

Canadian forward Andrew Mangiapane, an alumnus of the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League and presently a member of the Calgary Flames, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

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