On Saturday afternoon, Travis Konecny’s Canadian squad faced off against teammate Stepan Falkovsky and Team Belarus. Konecny scored a beauty wrap-round goal, one of seven Canada tallied against the Belarusians. Check out highlights from that game here.
After an outstanding performance against Belarus, Konecny was vaulted into Canada’s top six against the Czech Republic on Sunday morning.
He was positioned on the right side of Saginaw Spirit centre Mitchell Stephens and Kingston Frontenacs winger Lawson Crouse. Konecny and Crouse have played on the same line previously in international competition and duo have been close friends for over a decade.
Though he was held of the scoresheet in a 1-0 Team Canada win, Konecny’s tenacity, creativity, and all-around play made him a standout in the contest. Travis even showed off his rarely-seen checking ability, with a big hit on Boston Bruins prospect Jakub Zboril.
After Sunday’s win over the Czechs, Team Canada boarded a bus headed for Helsinki. The three hour trip allowed Canada’s coaching staff time to make the final four cuts beforing announcing their 23-man roster for the holiday tourney.
Travis Konecny becomes first Ottawa 67 to make Canada’s world Jr. Team in 13 years. Survives final cuts @ctvottawa@Ottawa67sHockey
Travis became the first Ottawa 67’s player to be part of Team Canada’s World Juniors team since defenceman Brendan Bell was named to their final roster in 2003.
The Canadians have one more exhibition tune-up before the preliminary round, as they take on Team Sweden on Wednesday, December 23 at noon EST.
Their first true tournament competition begins on Boxing Day (Saturday, December 26) at 12:30 p.m. EST as they re-ignite an always heated battle with their bitter rivals, Team USA.
Team Canada then faces three foes in four days, with games against Denmark on Monday, December 28 at 12:30 p.m. EST, Switzerland on Tuesday, December 29 at 12:30 p.m. EST, and Sweden on Thursday, December 31 at 12:30 p.m. EST.