1.04.2017

1994-95 SP Team Canada World Junior Championship

The 2017 World Junior Championships are well underway; Canada has been looking pretty good, a couple of shaky games throughout the tournament and a loss to the USA but they've been able to keep it together and have ultimately found themselves in a semis matchup against the Swedes.

Sweden has been a favorite to win the tournament so this will pose as a tough test for the Canadians, I believe they have the talent to pull off the win. They certainly aren't lacking in the talent pool, with a roster of NHL 1st Round Draft prospects such as Dylan Strome, Mathew Barzal, Thomas Chabot and Tyson Jost to name a few. Fingers crossed for another Canada versus USA matchup for a chance at redemption.

Speaking of talent pool rich Canadian World Junior teams, how abut the group of boys from '95 who lead Canada to it's third straight WJC gold. There were 13 first round NHL picks on the 1995 Canadian squad, including eight from the class of 1994.

Team Canada benefited from the NHL lockout of 1994-95, as many players who would normally not be made available to the national junior team suited up to represent the red-and-white in Red Deer.

They would cruise through the tournament going 7-0-0, outscoring their opponents 49-22. In terms of offensive prowess, the competition was fairly weak. The best non-Canadian in the tournament in terms of future success was Adam Deadmarsh, who tallied 10 points for the fifth place Americans.

Upper Deck released a sub-set in their 1994-95 SP product that focused on the '95 World Juniors featuring 18 of the 22 members on Canada.

#136 Alexandre Daigle, Canada
Alexandre Daigle returned to represent Canada at the World Juniors after a one year hiatus thanks to the NHL lockout. He would be one of five members on Team Canada to reach double-digits, samassing 10 points in 7 games.

#137 Jamie Storr, Canada
Jamie Storr won all 4 of his games spent between the pipes during the tournament, recording a 3.50 GAA.

#138 Todd Harvey, Canada
Todd Harvey wore the 'C' as Team Canada's captain during the tournament, scoring 6 goals in 7 games.

#139 Wade Redden RC, Canada
Wade Redden would be drafted 2nd overall by the New York Islanders in the '95 NHL Entry Draft; one of 13 first round NHL picks that made up Team Canada at the 1995 World Junior Hockey Championships.

#140 Ed Jovanovski RC, Canada
Ed Jovanovki was one of two 1st overall Draft picks (along with Daigle) to suit up for Canada at the '95 WJC.

#141 Jamie Rivers RC, Canada
Over the 7 game tourney, Jamie Rivers lit the lamp on 3 occasions while assisting on 3 goals.

#142 Ryan Smyth RC, Canada
The man who would later in his career earn the nickname "Captain Canada", Ryan Smyth, would make his Team Canada debut at the '95 World Juniors; scoring 2 goals and 7 points over 7 games.

#143 Jason Botterill, Canada
Jason Botterill is the only Canadian to ever win a Gold medal in three straight World Junior Championships.

#144 Denis Pederson RC, Canada
Denis Pederson had 4 points in 7 games during his only appearance wearing the red and white maple leaf.

#145 Jeff Friesen, Canada
Jeff Friesen would win his second World Junior Gold medal in '95, kicking off what would be a solid career in the National Hockey League, most memorable as a member of the San Jose Sharks.

#146 Dan Cloutier RC, Canada
Dan Cloutier would appear in 3 games recording a 2.67 GAA. Cloutier and Storr, both first round NHL picks, would allow a total of 22 goals over 7 games.

#147 Lee Sorochan RC, Canada
Lee Sorochan recorded an assist over the 7 game competition. Sorochan would appear in just 3 NHL games over his hockey career, getting a short cup of coffee with the Calgary Flames.

#148 Marty Murray, Canada
Marty Murray would be named the tournament's top forward at the '95 WJC, recording 6 goals and 15 points in 7 games. Murray's WJC total of 19 points (in 14 games played over two tournaments) places him on the all-time points leaders list at #71.

#149 Shean Donovan RC, Canada
Shean Donovan was just one of two players on the Canada squad to drop a goose egg in the points bracket (Chad Allen would be the other player to go pointless). He would represent Canada again at the 1997 World Championships, recording an assist over 10 games and taking home another Gold medal.

#150 Larry Courville RC, Canada
Larry Courville, a 3rd round Draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks, put up 5 points over the 7 games including 2 goals.

#151 Jason Allison, Canada
Jason Allison, along with Marty Murray, led the way with 15 points during the Championships, earning himself a spot on the Tournament All-Star Team.

#152 Jeff O'Neill RC, Canada
Jeff O'Neill, the 5th pick overall at the '94 NHL Entry Draft, would score twice and add four assists.

#153 Bryan McCabe
Bryan McCabe's appearance at the '95 World Juniors would be his second. McCabe, who went pointless over 7 games in the previous tournament, caught fire in '95 - collecting 12 points and a selection to the Tournament All-Star Team as the competitions top defencemen. McCabe hit the ice for Team Canada on 4 occasions over his hockey career, winning Gold on an equal amount.

Eric Daze, the tournaments leading goal scorer with 8 markers, did not receive a card in this particular sub-set. Although Daze does have 'World Junior' cards from that tournament in sets such as 94-95 Upper Deck, Finest, Leaf Limited and Pinnacle.

What a crop of future NHL stars, arguably one of the best goup of players to represent Canada at the WJC in history.

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