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1987 - Piestany, Czechoslovakia

Depending on your point of view, the 1987 tournament in Piestany, Czechoslovakia, was either Canada's best or worst moment in the history of the World Junior Championship.

With Canada in contention for gold and leading Russia 4-2 in their final game, the lights went out - literally. A bench-clearing brawl erupted and officials, struggling to restore order, had the lights in the arena shut off. The players continued to fight in the dark, and organizers were forced to cancel the game. Both teams were eventually disqualified from the competition.

Many Canadian fans complained that the Russians, out of medal contention at 2-3-1, started the fight to ensure that their Canadian rivals would not get a medal either. Some were proud of the Canadians for standing up for each other on the ice, others were ashamed of the melee.

In the end, it was academic.

Finland beat the Czechs 5-3 on the final day to take the gold medal and the Canadians went home with nothing but an asterisk.

Though the gold medal may have been somewhat tainted, Finland did have a talented club. Teppo Kivela, Jukka Seppo and Janne Ojanen each recorded a dozen points to lead the Finns in scoring, while Markus Ketterer was named the tournament's top goaltender.

The Czechs had a solid offence, led by top forward Robert Kron and all-stars Jiri Latal and Juraj Jurik. A win over Finland on the final day would have been golden for Czechoslovakia.

With Ulf Dahlen winning the scoring title with 15 points, and top defenceman Calle Johansson patrolling the blueline, Sweden was good enough for the bronze. All four of Sweden's wins came via shutout, with Sam Lindstahl and Johan Borg setting a record with two apiece.

Team Canada Scoring

Player GP G A Pts
Pat Elynuik 6 6 5 11
David Latta 6 4 6 10
Steve Nemeth 6 4 4 8
Dave McIlwain 6 4 4 8
Scott Metcalfe 6 2 5 7
Brendan Shanahan 6 4 3 7
Everett Sanipass 6 3 2 5
Theoren Fleury 6 2 3 5
Steve Chiasson 6 2 1 3
Greg Hawgood 6 2 2 4
Pierre Turgeon 6 3 0 3
Yvon Corriveau 6 2 1 3
Glen Wesley 6 2 1 3
Chris Joseph 6 1 1 3
Stephane Roy 6 0 1 1
Kerry Huffman 6 0 1 1
Mike Keane 6 0 1 1
Luke Richardson 6 0 0 0

Team Canada Goaltending

Player W-L-T GAA SO
Shawn Simpson 2-1-1 3.90 0
Jimmy Waite 2-0-0 3.75 0

Final Standings

Country GP W L T GF GA Pts
Finland 7 5 1 1 45 23 11
Czechoslovakia 7 5 2 0 36 23 10
Sweden 7 4 2 1 45 11 9
USA 7 4 3 0 42 30 8
Poland 7 1 6 0 21 80 2
Switzerland 7 0 7 0 15 62 0
Canada and USSR were disqualified from the final standings

Top Scorers

Player G A Pts.
Edlund, Par (Sweden) 5 6 11
Dahlen, Ulf (Sweden) 4 7 11
Seppo, Jukka (Finland) 3 6 9
Young, Scott (USA) 3 6 9
Canada and USSR were disqualified from the final scoring standings

Tournament All-Star Team

Jiri Latal (Cze) Ulf Dahlen (Swe)
Juraj Jurik (Cze) Brian Leetch (USA)
Sam Lind Stahl (Swe) Scott Young (USA)


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Gold Medal Game

Finland 3, Sweden 2 (OT)

Bronze Medal Game

Russia 2, Canada 1


Tournament Recap | Group Standings

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