You have to love Boxing Day! It's usually the start of the World Junior Championships and this year is no different. In Pardubice, Czech Republic, the tournament got underway for Pool A. Canada took on the host country on Wednesday and the Canadians came out ready to go.
2008 Draft prospect Steve Stamkos was one of the stars for Canada in their 3-0 win. Stamkos was a big part of the offense for Canada with 3 assists, while 2009 Draft prospect John Tavares managed to tally twice in his first WJC game. New Jersey draft pick Matt Halischuk scored the second goal for Canada in the third period, which began to seal the coffin for the Czechs.
Earning the shutout for the Canadians was Kings 1st rounder, Jonathan Bernier (Box 12). Bernier made 44 saves for the Canadians and looked exceptionally sharp, which was important when the Czechs unleashed their home-ice fury against him in the first 10 minutes of the game.
Tomorrow, the Canadians will take on Slovakia (8am MT on TSN), where they'll look to continue their 19-game winning streak in WJC tournaments.
World Junior Championships, Hockey, Team Canada