Golden boy returns home

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:38 AM ET

Maybe Justin Pogge just wanted to make sure his mom would get to see all of his games.

The Calgary Hitmen netminder and Team Canada standout in the gold medal win at last week's World Junior Hockey Championship flew back to Calgary for the first time yesterday.

And as he waded through the throngs of media awaiting his return, Pogge said he had some unfinished business after the tournament.

He purchased a car for his mom Monday.

"I have to take care of my mom and then take care of me later," said Pogge, who signed a three-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs prior to the start of the championship.

Pogge, a surprise addition to Team Canada, played every game, notching a record three shutouts in helping the pre-tournament underdogs win gold in Vancouver.

He touched down around 1 p.m., answered questions, signed a few autographs and then hit the ice with his WHL Calgary Hitmen teammates, who he hasn't seen in weeks.


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