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Former Blades Captain captures bronze with Team Canada at FISU Winter Universiade

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Blades’ alumnus Nick Zajac and Team Canada came away with a third-place finish at the 29th FISU Winter Universiade, defeating Kazakhstan by a 3-0 score in the final round to mark its 16th time medaling in 17 tournaments.

The Canadian squad played for bronze after falling 5-1 to Russia in the semi-final. In the third-place game, goaltender Sebastien Auger (Saint John Sea Dogs) led Canada to victory after stopping 39 shots, including 13 in the opening frame, en route to a shutout.

Following a scoreless first period, Canada got on the board after Aidan Wallace (Oshawa Generals) went top shelf at the 6:50 mark of the middle frame. Canada then added another tally less than a minute later on a goal by former Gatineau Olympiques forward Daniel Del Paggio, who fired it home from the slot.

An empty netter by Stephen Harper (Niagara IceDogs) with 34 seconds remaining in the third period then sealed the victory for Canada.

“I’m just so proud,” Canada head coach and former Windsor Spitfires netminder Kevin Hamlin said in a statement following the victory. “Everybody said that we couldn’t play the ‘Canadian way’ here, didn’t see this hockey game. Because there were moments in this bronze medal game where our guys could have folded – they blocked shots, put bodies in the way – doing it the Canadian way.”

 

CHL GRADUATES EARNING BRONZE WITH CANADA:

Goaltenders

Player University   Last CHL Team   Final Season
Sebastien Auger UQTR Saint John 2014-15
Dawson MacAuley Regina Regina 2013-14

Defence

Player University   Last CHL Team   Final Season  
Adam Henry Manitoba Portland 2014-15
Tyler King Regina Kootenay 2014-15
Loik Leveille UQTR Cape Breton 2015-16
Liam Maaskant Acadia Kitchener 2014-15
Garrett McFadden Acadia Guelph 2017-18
Carl Neill Concordia Charlottetown 2016-17
Alexander Yuill UOIT Belleville 2014-15

Forwards

Player    University   Last CHL Team  Final Season 
Christophe Boivin UQTR Acadie-Bathurst 2016-17
Jacob Cascagnette Waterloo Ottawa 2017-18
Nicolas Chyzowski Waterloo Kamloops 2017-18
Daniel Del Paggio Lakehead Gatineau 2016-17
Stephen Harper Acadia Niagara 2015-16
Mathieu Lemay UQTR Rouyn-Noranda 2014-15
Aidan Wallace Toronto Oshawa 2014-15
Nicolas Zajac Manitoba Saskatoon 2015-16
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