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|