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What’s Happening: The United States defeated Canada 2-0 Tuesday night, taking home gold at the World Junior Championships, which took place in Edmonton. U.S. netminder Spencer Knight, a first round draft pick who currently plays for Boston College, turned aside all 34 Canadian shots, recording his 3rd shutout of the tournament — a WJC record.

Tell Me More: The United States’ second goal was scored by Trevor Zegras, who was the team’s top performer throughout the tournament. ESPN’s Chris Peters writes, Forward and Anaheim Ducks draft pick Trevor Zegras led the tournament in scoring with 18 points and was named most valuable player of the tournament. The 18 points were the second most by an American player in tournament history.” He also had the “most points by an American in his world junior career with 27 over the past two tournaments.”

And There’s This: “In addition to records set by U.S. players, Team USA video coach Theresa Feaster became the first woman to serve as an assistant coach for a gold medal-winning team at the tournament,” Peters wrote. Team USA’s head coach, Nate Leamon, hired Feaster seven years ago. During the past four years, she’s served “as coordinator of men's hockey operations, breaking down video and statistics for the coaching staff.”

The Bigger Picture: “The win gave USA Hockey its fourth consecutive victory over Canada in a World Junior Championship final, having earned wins in 2004, 2010, 2017 and 2021. USA is 4-1 in gold-medal games against Canada, which owns 18 golds in the tournament's history.” Several players from both teams will now head directly to NHL camps from Edmonton.

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Insider Updates & Analysis

  • Update: Former Boston University standout Colin Wilson retires after 11 NHL seasons.

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A Question for the Peanut Gallery

What did you think of the quality of play at the World Junior Championship?

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