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Rychel and Canada finish fourth at WJHC

Guelph Storm winger Kerby Rychel and Team Canada dropped a tight 2-1 decision versus Russia on Sunday to finish fourth in the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championship.

After finishing first in Group A in the preliminary round, Rychel and Canada defeated his Storm teammate Phil Baltisberger and Switzerland 4-1 in the quarterfinals. 

Two days later, Canada suffered a 5-1 defeat against Finland eliminating them from Gold Medal contention. 

For Rychel, a 19 year old from Tecumseh, Ontario, 2014 will be his final chance to represent Canada at the World Juniors.  Baltisberger will likely return in 2015 when the event shifts to Montreal and Toronto to play in his fourth tournament for his native Switzerland.

The Storm will honour Rychel and Baltisberger along with Garrett McFadden, who finished fifth at the 2014 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge as a member of Team Ontario prior to their home game on Sunday, January 12th versus the Kitchener Rangers.

Now in our 23rd season in Guelph, Storm personnel have represented their country on 35 occasions at the World Junior Hockey Championhships.

Team Canada International Teams
2014 – Kerby Rychel 2014 – Phil Baltisberger (SUI)
2012 – Scott Walker 2013 – Garret Sparks (USA)
2009 – Drew Doughty 2013 – Tanner Richard (SUI)
2008 – Drew Doughty 2012 – Tanner Richard (SUI)
2007 – Ryan Parent 2011 – Richard Panik (SLO)
2006 – Ryan Parent 2009 – Tom McCollum (USA)
2004 – Kevin Klein 2008 – Denis Hollenstein (SUI)
2004 – Daniel Paille 2007 – Rafael Rotter (AUS)
2004 – Russ Hammond 2005 – Ryan Callahan (USA)
2003 – Daniel Paille 2004 – Jakub Koreis (CZE)
2000 – Manny Malhotra 2003 – Fedor Tyutin (RUS)
1999 – Kent McDonell 2002 – Fedor Tyutin (RUS)
1998 – Manny Malhotra 2002 – Dwight LaBrosse (USA)
1998 – Brian Willsie 2002 – Dustin Brown (USA)
1997 – Dwayne Hay 1999 – Chris Madden (USA)
1996 – Jamie Wright 1998 – Chris Hajt (USA)
1995 – Jeff O’Neill 1997 – Chris Hajt (USA)
1993 – Jeff Bes  
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