OSTRAVA, Czech Republic -- Like many Canadian kids, Ty Dellandrea had a hockey rink in his backyard. Also, like many Canadian kids, he watched the World Junior Championship with his family on TV every year and dreamed of representing Team Canada at the annual tournament for the world's best junior players.
"During intermissions, they'd show a drill on TV and I'd go out there and practice it on the backyard rink. I won a whole bunch of gold medals out there," the 19-year-old said with a laugh. "Pretty sure there was at least one OT game-winner in there, too."
But unlike most Canadian kids, Dellandrea actually got to live out his dream when he wore the red and white maple leaf at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic and took home the gold medal on Sunday when his team came from behind in the third period to defeat Russia, 4-3.