Island residents witness Team Canada’s gold medal hockey game

Members of the MacLeod family, left, Stan MacLeod, Ian MacLeod, Mandy MacLeod and Myles MacLeod attended the World Junior Hockey Championships as Team Canada won the gold medal.

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC – There was indeed a Manitoulin Island connection to the historic Team Canada junior hockey team that won the gold medal this past Sunday, in a fierce 4-3 battle over the long-time bitter rival Russia team. 

The Myles MacLeod family (of Sudbury), formerly of Gore Bay, attended the tournament including the gold medal championship game. The family has made it a tradition to attend the World Junior Hockey Championships for many years now.

“The first time we went was in 2007 in Leksand (Northern Sweden),” Mr. MacLeod told the Recorder. “We have been to nine of these tournaments in total, five in Europe and four in North America.”

“We were all quite down about the round-robin loss to the Russians, but the gold medal game more than made up for it,” stated Mr. MacLeod. 

He explained, “we stayed in a historic Czech city called Olomouc which was a one-hour bus ride to the games. The Czech people treated the Canadian fans very well. We travelled with a tour company called Destiny Tours from Guelph and they had 750 fans at this tournament. They do a very good job including a New Year’s Eve party.”

Mr. MacLeod added, “the Canada team was on our flight to Canada from Vienna and Mandy (his daughter) got a picture with two of the players on the team, Byram and Dellandrea (and the championship trophy).”