Canada wins 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship: Reactions



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Canada wins 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship: Reactions

Canada showed its qualities and deservedly celebrated against the Czech Republic in the final of the IIHF World Junior Championship with a score of 3:2. Dylan Guenther scored in overtime. He could not hide his emotions after such an important goal.

"It means everything," said Guenther, as quoted by nhl.com. "To win, you never know when you're going to get the opportunity to win again, and to be here with this team and play in front of these fans and just the whole situation that was around it, it couldn't have ended better.

It was unbelievable." Guenther described how everything looked on the spot. "I remember I didn't throw my gloves off right away and almost forgot it was overtime, do or die," Guenther said. "And then I see Roy threw his stuff off.

It was a nice play by [Brandt Clarke] to Roy for the 2-on-1. I got a nice pass and just had to get it over the pad. It's incredible ... I haven't stopped smiling for the past hour now," Milic said. "I'm just so happy for myself and everyone else here."


Thomas Milic on his team

Thomas Milic is happy with his performance, and especially because of the entire team, which showed quality when it was most needed.

"I'm going to remember every moment together," Milic said. "I think right from Day One, we really jelled as a group. I think a lot of us played together at the World Under-18 Championship, as well. I think just the chemistry and how great everyone got along.

We never gave up in our journey in this tournament, so we knew we could come back," Kos said. "I'm so proud of this whole team. The players are on the ice, but people don't see the people who care about the team. ... The coaches helped us. So, I would like to thank everybody."