Ryan Suzuki and Canada came up golden at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
The Barrie Colts forward recorded an assist to help guide Canada to a 6-2 win over Sweden in the gold-medal final of the world under-18 championship tournament, Aug. 12th, at Edmonton, Alta. Sasha Mutala and Alexis Lafreniere each scored twice, while Kirby Dach and Josh Williams added singles for Canada, which has now won the tournament 10 of the last 11 years. Canada finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record and outscored their opponents 30-12.
Suzuki helped put Canada up 5-2 five minutes into the third period when he set up a give-and-go with Williams. The six-foot, 171-pound forward, the first overall selection by the Colts in the 2017 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection draft, was a force in the tournament. The playmaker finished the Hlinka Gretzky Cup third in scoring overall, with a goal and seven assists in five games.
The tournament marks the second international series where Suzuki has represented his country. He helped lead Canada to a silver-medal finish at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge last year at Dawson Creek, B.C. There, Suzuki finished tied for fifth overall in scoring after recording three goals and four assists for seven points in six games.
Suzuki will be a key part of Barrie’s attack this upcoming OHL season and is coming off an impressive 2017-18 campaign where he recorded 14 goals and 30 assists in 64 games to finish tied for fifth among rookie scorers.
Photo: Barrie Colts forward Ryan Suzuki helped lead Canada to a gold-medal finish at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup on Aug. 12. Terry Wilson/OHL Images photo