The World Junior A Challenge 2006 was an international Junior "A" ice hockey tournament hosted by Hockey Canada. The 2006 World Junior A Challenge was hosted by the Canadian City of Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

Summary[edit | edit source]

The final was between Canada East and Canada West. The West came out on fire early with two quick goals from Jordie Johnston of the La Ronge Ice Wolves, and took a 4-0 lead before the halfway point of the game. The East came back, led by two third period goals by David Kostuch of the Markham Waxers, but in the end they came up short. The West won the first ever WJAC with a 4-3 victory. The Gold Medal game was the only game of the tournament to be nationally televised. It was pre-taped and played on November 18, 2006 by TSN, a week after the game was actually played. All games, except the final, were webcasted by Hockey Canada. The Final, due to a contractual agreement with TSN, was not allowed to be webcasted.

The Bronze Medal Game was played between Slovakia and Russia. After 3 periods, the game was tied 1-1. After an Overtime and Shootout, the Russians came out on top 2-1. They outshot the Slovaks 49-16.

Canadian Controversy[edit | edit source]

Following the Championship game, Hockey Canada officials told members of their own two national teams that if they wanted to keep their game-worn jerseys, they would have to flip their own bill. For a price of $225, players were allowed to take home their own "Home" jersey. For an additional $40 they could even keep their shin socks. Another interesting aspect of this situation was that players were told by Hockey Canada officials that the entire team either had to buy their jerseys or no one on the team could. In contrast, at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships last year players were allowed to keep their white home jerseys for free, but their red away jerseys were kept by Hockey Canada to auction off at a fundraiser.

2006 Exhibition Play[edit | edit source]

November 1, 2006

Canada East defeated Nipawin Hawks/Melfort Mustangs Combines (SJHL) 4-3 at Nipawin, Saskatchewan
Canada West defeated Weyburn Red Wings (SJHL) 12-0 at Weyburn, Saskatchewan
Russia defeated Dauphin Kings (MJHL) 4-2 at Dauphin, Manitoba

November 2, 2006

Canada East defeated Russia 4-2 at Melfort, Saskatchewan

November 3, 2006

Winkler Flyers (MJHL) defeated Germany 4-2 at Winkler, Manitoba
Canada West defeated Slovakia 4-0 at Weyburn, Saskatchewan

November 4, 2006

Canada West defeated Germany 11-2 at Estevan, Saskatchewan
Neepawa Natives (MJHL) defeated Belarus 8-4 at Brandon, Manitoba
Russia defeated Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL) 8-2 at Esterhazy, Saskatchewan

November 5, 2006

Canada East defeated Belarus 3-2 at Yorkton, Saskatchewan

2006 Tournament[edit | edit source]

Group A[edit | edit source]

  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Canada West 2 2 0 0 16 4 4
Russia 2 1 1 0 9 7 2
Belarus 2 0 2 0 3 17 0

Results[edit | edit source]

November 6, 2006

Canada West defeated Russia 6-2

November 7, 2006

Russia defeated Belarus 7-1

November 8, 2006

Canada West defeated Belarus 10-2

Group B[edit | edit source]

  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Canada East 2 2 0 0 8 2 4
Slovakia 2 1 1 0 4 5 2
Germany 2 0 2 0 2 7 0

Results[edit | edit source]

November 6, 2006

Slovakia defeated Germany 3-1

November 7, 2006

Canada East defeated Slovakia 4-1

November 8, 2006

Canada East defeated Germany 4-1

Championship Round[edit | edit source]

  Qualifier Semi-finals Championship
                           
   
  A1  Canada West 7  
    B2  Slovakia 1  
B2  Slovakia 8
  A3  Belarus 2  
    A1  Canada West 4
  B1  Canada East 3
     
   
B1  Canada East 5
    A2  Russia 1  
A2  Russia 7
  B3  Germany 1  

Note: Qualifier games on November 9, Semi-final games on November 11, Final game on November 12, 2006.

Bronze Medal Game on November 12, 2006

Russia defeated Slovakia 2-1 in Overtime Shootout

5th Place Game on November 11, 2006

Germany defeated Belarus 8-3

Final standings[edit | edit source]

Team
Gold medal icon.svg Flag of Canada.png Canada West
Silver medal icon.svg Flag of Canada.png Canada East
Bronze medal icon.svg Flag of Russia.png Russia
4th Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia
5th Flag of Germany.png Germany
6th Flag of Belarus.png Belarus

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Scoring Leaders[edit | edit source]

Name Team GP G A P PIM
Kyle Turris Canada West 4 5 6 11 4
Casey Pierro-Zabotel Canada West 4 3 6 9 4
Tyler McNeely Canada West 4 4 4 8 4
Deron Cousens Canada West 4 2 5 7 4
Maxim Isaev Russia 5 1 6 7 2

Goaltending Leaders[edit | edit source]

Name Team GP Mins Shots GA SO GAA Sv% Record
Dmitri Voloshin Russia 4 205 63 4 0 1.17 0.937 3-0-0-0
Jaroslav Janus Slovakia 4 210 125 9 0 2.57 0.928 1-0-0-1
Cameron Talbot Canada East 4 240 83 7 0 1.75 0.916 3-1-0-0
Matus Andreanin Slovakia 2 100 59 6 0 3.60 0.898 1-1-0-0
Keanan Boomer Canada West 4 213 67 7 0 1.98 0.896 4-0-0-0

Rosters[edit | edit source]

Belarus[edit | edit source]

Players: Vitali Bialinski, Anton Mitskevich, Mikhail Karpeichyk, Vitali Marchanka, Ivan Nachaunoi, Siarhei Sheleh, Aliaksandr Yeronau, Nikolai Goncharov, Viachaslau Raitsou, Aleh Haroshka, Philip Maistrenka, Aliaksandr Famin, Pavel Razvadouski, Igor Revenko, Kiryl Brykun, Andrei Kolasau, Dzmitry Verameichyk, Valeri Bojarskih, Artsiom Dziamkou, Yauheni Salamonau, Andrei Zaleuski, Ihar Varashylau, Uladzimir Mikhailau

Staff: Sergei Opimakh, Pavel Perapekhin, Aliksandr Haurylionak, Valery Ivanis, Andrei Kanstantsinovich

Canada East[edit | edit source]

Players: Scott Greenham, Cameron Talbot, Ryan Burkholder, Alain Goulet, Scott Levigne, Brock Matheson, Brendan Smith, Jeff Terminesi, Mike Ward, Will Acton, Spencer Anderson, Jean-Phillipe Beaulieu, Glenn Belmore, Louie Caporusso, Scott Freeman, Mike Gailbraith, Kyle Goodchild, Jordan Knox, David Kostuch, Michael Lecomte, Keif Orsini, Paul Zanette

Staff: Brent Ladds, Paul Currie, Jerome Dupont, Marty Abrams, Troy Ryan, Dave Campbell, Bill O'Connor

Canada West[edit | edit source]

Players: Keanan Boomer, Guillaume Perusse, Deron Cousens, Ryan de Vries, Maury Edwards, Jason Gray, Kyle Haines, Damon Kipp, Evan Oberg, Cody Danberg, Justin Fontaine, Justin Gvora, Tyson Hobbins, Jordie Johnston, Joel Malchuk, Tyler McNeely, Chad Nehring, Kyle Ostrow, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Kyle Reed, Kyle Turris, Ben Winnett

Staff: Kim Davis, Darcy Rota, Boris Rybalka, Bruno Campese, Ken Pearson, Dwight McMillan, Ron Holloway, Don Pindus

Germany[edit | edit source]

Players: Markus Keller, Bjorn Linda, Andreas Tanzer, Nikolaus Senger, Andre Mangold, Sinan Akdag, Sebastian Eickmann, Florian Muller, Andreas Gawlik, Gregor Stein, Denis Reul, Jens Heyer, Nicolas Ackermann, Robin Thomson, Markus Ruderer, Michael Rimbeck, Martin Buchwieser, Michael Christ, Martin Leismuller, Patrick Geiger, Dennis Fischbuch, Andre Huebscher, Alexander Oblinger, Daniel Möhle, Daniel Oppolzer, Thomas Dreischer, Steven Rupprich, Gerit Fauser, Marc Wittforth, David Wolf, Martin Hinterstocker, Phillip Michl

Staff: Michael Pfuhl, James Andrew Setters, Thomas Schadler, Alfred Stockbauer, Yasser El-Laymony, Dennis Sattler

Russia[edit | edit source]

Players: Dmitri Voloshin, Sergey Gayduchenko, Yakov Seleznev, Maxim Isaev, Andrey Kolesnikov, Maksim Goncharov, Vladimir Repin, Nikolay Lukyanchikov, Andrey Konev, Albert Polinin, Mikhail Churlyaev, Denis Trakhanov, Alexander Vasiliev, Vladimir Bakika, Vitaly Karamnov, Dmitry Tsyganov, Kim Dovlatyan, Denis Fakhrutdinov, Egor Averin, Sergey Korostin, Maksim Mayorov, Nikita Klyukin, Egor Dubrovskiy, Ilya Fedin, Evgeny Dadonov, Ruben Begunts

Staff: Andrey Fedorov, Radj Dovlatyan, Miskhat Fakhrutdinov, Vladimir Koluzganov, Igor Semenov, Yuri Leonov, Nikolay Kulikov, Viktor Tsyplakov, Sergey Vinnikov

Slovakia[edit | edit source]

Players: Jaroslav Janus, Matus Andreanin, Marek Daloga, Branislav Horvath, Jan Brejcak, Martin Baca, Marek Pekar, Matus Vizvary, Antonin Hruska, Michal Kozak, Dalimir Jancovic, Marek Mertel, Tomas Vyletelka, Martin Stepan, Milan Kytnar, Matej Misura, Adam Bezak, Ondrej Rusnak, Juraj Paulen, Martin Filo, Lubos Dobry, Vladimir Mikula,

Staff: Jan Filic, Tibor Danis, Dusan Halahija, Josef Hrtus, Juraj Nemcek, Pavol Klobusicky

Awards[edit | edit source]

Most Valuable Player

Kyle Turris (Canada West)

All-Star Team

Goaltender - Jaroslav Janus (Slovakia)
Defenseman – Deron Cousens (Canada West)
Defenseman – Maxim Isaev (Russia)
Forward – Louie Caporusso (Canada East)
Forward – Sergey Korostin (Russia)
Forward – Kyle Turris (Canada West)
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