World Junior was 'a coming out party' for Eberle

Team Canada's Jordan Eberle holds up the trophy after his team defeated Sweden to win the gold...

Team Canada's Jordan Eberle holds up the trophy after his team defeated Sweden to win the gold medal game at the 2009 IIHF U20 World Junior Hockey Championships in Ottawa Jan. 5, 2009. Shaun Best/Reuters

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:59 PM ET

EDMONTON - Jordan Eberle scored one of the most memorable goals in Canadian World Junior Championship history.

And of all the goals the Edmonton Oilers winger has scored to date in his young career, it ranks with the biggest, setting the stage for Canada to win its fifth consecutive championship in 2009.

“Ottawa was a great tournament. We got to play in front of 20,000 people, which you’re not used to doing as a kid,” Eberle said. “I remember that semifinal game, it was such a back-and-fourth game, it seemed like every time we scored, the Russians would come back and get one.

“Before we knew it, we were tied and then they scored late and we were down with three minutes left to go.”

Playing in his first of two tournaments, Eberle was on the ice in the final seconds of Canada’s semifinal encounter against Russia.

 


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