The IIHF World Juniors is by far the most anticipated non-NHL hockey event in the world. Some of the best young prospects from around the world fight for their country for a chance at winning. This year we have seen some of the most exciting moments in recent memory in the tournament.
Some of the prospects we have seen in the tournament are suspected future superstars in the NHL. The standout stars Connor Berdard and my personal favorite Logan Cooley. Logan Cooley was drafted by the Arizona Coyotes, and they are seeing lots of promise. The Pittsburgh native already has 11 points and with his exciting style of play, it’s hard not to cheer for him.
Logan Cooley currently plays for the University of Minnesota
The real showstopper is forward Connor Berdard. With 21 points in 5 games, Berdard has already broken the record for the most points in 1 game by any Canadian ever in the history of the tournament. Throughout the years in the tourney, Berdard also broke the Canadian record for the most points and goals ever.
Connor Berdard played in the world juniors at 16, which requires him to wear a full cage because he is under 18
The excitement for this World Juniors was shown through Canada vs Slovakia game. Regulation ended 3-3, a surprising occurrence with Slovakia being a big underdog going into this game. Sadly for the Slovaks, Connor Berdard danced through the defense and was able to ice the game at 4-3 in overtime.
Connor’s overtime winner against Slovakia was his 8th goal this year in the tourney
With the exciting tourney almost coming to an end. Canada and Czechia will go head-to-head in the finals. Canada will likely take the win, but we could see the strong Czech team upset the Canadians with their creative play style.