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The WJC has IceDogs’ Paw Prints All Over It

From Akil Thomas’ iconic golden goal that rose a nation to its feet, Dougie and Freddie Hamilton becoming Canada’s first World Juniors siblings in 30 years (2012), to Alex Pietrangelo’s best defenceman award (2010), the Niagara IceDogs and IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (WJC) have become synonymous since the franchise relocated to the region in 2007.

The 2012 WJC tournament, saw four IceDogs join the action with Team Canada, with a fifth added following its completion. This tied a record for the most players from a CHL organization on a Canadian World Junior roster with the Windsor Spitfires (2010), Kamloops Blazers (1996), and Medicine Hat Tigers (1988).

This year, Giancarlo Chanton was the lone Niagara skater on a World Junior roster.

Represented in ten tournaments over 13 years; 19 IceDogs have suited up for eight nations, winning 12 medals (three gold, four silver, and five bronze). For a more in-depth look at the list of Niagara IceDogs to compete at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships see below:

Skater Tournament Team GP G A PTS Placement
Giancarlo Chanton 2021 Switzerland  4 0 0 0 9th
Akil Thomas 2020 Canada  7  1  1  2  Gold
Kyen Sopa 2020 Switzerland 5 0 1 1  5th
Jason Robertson 2019 USA 7 1 6 7  Silver
Daniel Bukac 2019 Czech Republic 5 0 1 1  7th
Alexander Mikulovich 2016 Russia 7 0 1 1  Silver
Brendan Perlini 2016 Canada 5 0 0 0  6th
Mikkel Aagaard 2015 Denmark 5 1 1 2  8th
Brett Ritchie 2013 Canada 6 1 3 4 4th
Ryan Strome 2013 Canada 6 4 2 6 4th
Dougie Hamilton 2013 Canada 6 1 1 2 4th
Dougie Hamilton 2012 Canada 6 2 4 6 Bronze
Freddie Hamilton 2012 Canada 6 1 6 7 Bronze
Ryan Strome 2012 Canada 6 3 6 9 Bronze
Simon Grønvaldt 2011 Denmark 5 0 2 2 10th
Alex Pietrangelo 2010 Canada 6 3 9 12 Silver
Alex Pietrangelo 2009 Canada 6 1 2 3 Gold
Marco Insam 2009- WJC-20 D1 Italy 5 3 1 4 4th
Stefan Legein 2008 Canada 7 1 1 2 Gold
Goaltender Tournament Team GP GAA SV% Placement
Alex Nedeljkovic 2016 USA 6 1.66 0.943 Bronze
Mark Visentin 2012 Canada 4 1.43 0.944 Bronze
Mark Visentin 2011 Canada 4 2.01 0.923 Silver
Petteri Similä 2010 Finland 2 7.50 0.736 5th
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