Eberle Has Strong First Game At World Championships

It didn’t take long for rookie Jordan Eberle to make an impact for Team Canada at this years World Championships. Eberle continued his strong international play by scoring Canada’s first goal less than two minutes into the first period against Belarus. He scored again midway through the third period on the power-play to pace Canada to the 4-1 win. Eberle finished the game with two points, a +1 +/-, and four shots on goal.

Eberle’s international hockey history goes back to his strong play with the Canadian World Juniors team, which he played on twice. He won a gold medal on his first year with the team in 2009, and then won the Most Valuable Player and Top Forward awards in last years tournament. Later that season, Eberle was named as an alternate to Team Canada’s World Championship team, where he scored a goal and three assists in his debut against Norway, which was good enough to be named Player of the Game. He looks to lead Canada to a medal this year after a disappointing seventh place finish last year.

Goalie, Devan Dubnyk, didn’t play, with Toronto’s James Reimer getting the start. Reimer’s set to start in Canada’s next game on Sunday against France, and it appears that the number one spot could be his to lose after his strong performance.

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  • Curtis Magrath

    Overall it was impressive showing by young players of Canada. Eberle, Reimer, Tavares and Skinner all played well, but keep in mind it against a Belarussian team where Grabovski looked like the best player on the ice (for both teams). Excited to seeing what the Kane-Spezza-Eberle can accomplish together and to hopefully Dubnyk getting a start soon.