Former UND defensemen Troy Stecher and Jacob Bernard-Docker gained gold medals with Canada on the Males’s World Championship on Sunday afternoon because the Canadians defeated Finland 3-2 in time beyond regulation in Riga, Latvia.
Stecher and Bernard-Docker joined Toews and Commodore as UND’s solely gold medalists within the occasion. Toews and Commodore have been teammates on the 2007 Canadian crew.
Bernard-Docker additionally joined Toews as the one UND gamers to win golds in each the World Junior Championship and the Males’s World Championship. Bernard-Docker was on Canada’s under-20 crew final season.
Former UND defenseman Christian Wolanin joined Stecher and Bernard-Docker on the medal stand, too. Wolanin gained a bronze medal with Staff USA on Sunday morning, defeating Germany 6-1.
It marks the primary time that three UND gamers have gained a medal in the identical yr.
Stecher performed a key function for Canada.
The Detroit Crimson Wings defenseman from Richmond, B.C., performed 221 minutes, 37 seconds through the World Championship, greater than some other participant within the event. He registered one objective, two factors and a plus-5 ranking, which topped all Canadian defensemen.
Bernard-Docker, who performed this season for UND earlier than becoming a member of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators, was a late addition for Staff Canada. He performed 85:57 within the event for the Canadians, who misplaced their first three video games earlier than making a run.
Canada beat Russia 2-1 in time beyond regulation within the quarterfinals, topped the USA 4-2 within the semifinals and beat Finland on a Nick Paul time beyond regulation objective.
Wolanin additionally had a superb event, changing into the seventh UND participant to win a medal for USA on the Males’s World Championship.
The earlier American medalists have been Brock Nelson (2015), T.J. Oshie (2013), Danny Kristo (2013), Ken Johansson (1962), Milton Johnson (1949, 1950) and Russell Johnson (1949, 1950).
Wolanin, who was traded from the Ottawa Senators to the Los Angeles Kings this season, had a objective, 5 factors and a plus-6 ranking within the final three video games alone. He scored on a breakaway within the bronze-medal recreation towards Germany.
Wolanin completed the event with a plus-8 ranking, which was third amongst all gamers.
UND’s Males’s World Championship medalists
2021 — Troy Stecher, Jacob Bernard-Docker (Canada)
2007 — Jonathan Toews, Mike Commodore (Canada)
2017 — Dave Hakstol (coach, Canada)
2008 — Jonathan Toews (Canada)
1989 — James Patrick (Canada)
1950 — Milton Johnson, Russell Johnson (USA)
2021 — Christian Wolanin (USA)
2015 — Brock Nelson (USA)
2013 — T.J. Oshie, Danny Kristo (USA)
2009 — Travis Zajac, Dave Tippett (coach, Canada)
1986 — Phil Sykes (Canada)
1967 — Artwork Miller (Canada)
1962 — Ken Johannson (USA)
1949 — Milton Johnson, Russell Johnson (USA)