The 2017 World Junior Hockey Championships are underway in Toronto and Montreal. In the first game of the tournament, Sweden demolished Denmark 6-1 at the Bell Centre. Meanwhile, at the Air Canada Centre, the United States made easy work of Latvia in a 6-1 victory.
In the latter part of the day, the Czech Republic took on Finland with the Czechs winning a 2-1 nail biter. The came the marquee matchup of the night with Canada and Russia going head to head, which saw Canada pull out a 5-3 win.
After day one of the World Junior Hockey Championships, here are the standouts from each game:
Sweden-Denmark: Rasmus Dahlin
Nothing like a 16-year-old born in the year 2000 to make you feel old. Dahlin will not be draft eligible until 2018, but he had himself a coming out party in his first World Juniors game. The youngest defenseman to ever suit up for Sweden had two points, both in flashy fashion.
For his first point, he faked the defender then generated a rebound for Joel Eriksson Ek to put the puck past the Danish goaltender. Then his goal came straight out of the Erik Karlsson school of defenseman. Dahlin pulled a curl and drag, then fired it from the blue line to get his first goal of the tournament.
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USA-Latvia: Clayton Keller
The Arizona Coyotes prospect scored two goals versus Latvia, the first coming in grit grinding fashion. Keller went to the net and put the loose puck past the Latvian goaltender. Then in a much skillful manner, he stole the puck and sniped it for his second goal of the game.
Czech Republic-Finland: Michael Spacek
In a low-scoring game, highlighted be goaltending. The offense came scarcely for both sides. However, Spacek finally broke through scored the game-winning goal in the dying seconds of the third period.
Canada-Russia: Dylan Strome
After being sent back to Erie by Arizona, Strome quickly turned his attention to the unfinished business he had in junior hockey. At last year’s World Juniors, he took part in the 6th place finish by Team Canada. However, with the tournament on home soil and captain of the team, Strome upped his game by scoring two goals to help Canada get off on the right foot.