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Thomas, Canada teammates drop puck before Jets-Maple Leafs game

World Junior Championship winners wore gold medals for pregame ceremony

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / NHL.com Staff Writer

World Junior Champs drop the puck

WPG@TOR: Canada's gold-medal winning juniors honored

The Maple Leafs honor the Canadien Junior team, who took home the gold in the World Junior Championship, prior to their match against the Jets

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Canada's Akil Thomas and his fellow World Junior Championship winners were the guests of honor at Scotiabank Arena when the Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday.

Fresh off a gold medal-winning performance, which the Los Angeles Kings prospect sealed with a goal with 3:58 remaining in the third period of the championship game against Russia on Sunday, the team was met with rousing applause from the crowd in Toronto.  

Maple Leafs forward John Tavares and Jets forward Mark Scheifele, both with impressive achievements of their own in previous World Junior Championships, took the ceremonial faceoff.

Tweet from @HockeyCanada: That's a lot of #WorldJuniors legends for one ceremonial puck drop! 🏆🇨🇦@markscheifele55 ��������� '12 🥉 & '13@91Tavares ��������� '08 🥇 & '09 🥇 Thanks for having us, @MapleLeafs������ pic.twitter.com/ykyHd8Kt1P

"I remember watching Tavares when he played for Team Canada," Thomas told Sportsnet during the game. "So I think it's pretty special wearing a Team Canada jersey and dropping the puck for his game now. It's a special feeling to be a part of Team Canada."

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