Penguins prospect Calen Addison recorded three third-period assists in the championship game, as Team Canada rallied from a 3-1 deficit to take down Team Russia 4-3 at the IIHF World Junior Championship on Sunday night in Ostrava, Czech Republic. As a result, Addison will take home a gold medal in his first-ever appearance at the World Junior Championship.
In addition to his team-high three points in the gold medal game, the 19-year old defenseman was excellent all tournament long, helping Team Canada to a 3-1-0 record in the preliminary round, which Canada followed up by going a perfect 3-0 in the playoffs to capture their second World Junior Championship gold in the last three tournaments (also 2018).
The Brandon, Manitoba native finished the tournament with nine points (1G-8A) and a plus-4 in seven games. His nine points ranked second in the entire tournament among defensemen, and was tied for sixth-most overall. Among Canadian skaters, only Team Canada captain Barrett Hayton (7GP, 6G-6A-12PTS) and top 2020 NHL Draft prospect Alexis Lafreniere (5GP, 4G-6A-10PTS) had more points than Addison's nine.
Addison was drafted by the Penguins in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft. He has spent this season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League, where he's recorded 29 points (7G-22A) in 31 games.