One of the most unforgettable international tournaments for Canada forward Brayden Schenn is about to end on Wednesday when his team battles Russia for the gold medal (7:30 p.m. ET, NHLN-US) at HSBC Arena.
His first objective, of course, is to help his team win gold. But Schenn is also 2 points shy of equaling a 33-year-old Canadian record for most points in one World Junior Championship. Through six games, the highly touted Los Angeles Kings prospect has produced a tournament-high 7 goals, 9 assists, 16 points and plus-11 rating.
Dale McCourt had 18 points in 1977 when, ironically, the Soviet Union defeated Canada for the gold medal.
"The thing I'm going to remember most about this tournament is how close the team has come together since our first exhibition game," Schenn said. "I think Russia is a different team from when we played them on Boxing Day (Dec. 26). I'm sure the systems are better, they're quicker, faster, and they've build a lot more chemistry. But so have we."