Baptiste takes gold with Team Canada
Sudbury Wolves forward Nick Baptiste has another medal to add to his collection. On April 28, the 17-year-old captured his second world championship in less than a year, winning gold with Team Canada at the IIHF World U-18 Championship in Sochi, Russia.
Canada finished first in Group B in the preliminary round with a perfect 4-0 record, recording victories over Slovakia (4-1), Germany (3-1), Switzerland (10-1) and Sweden (6-0). The gold medal is Canada’s third at the world championship. Overall, Canada has won five medals since first taking part in 2002: three gold (2003, 2008, 2013), one silver (2005) and one bronze (2012).
Baptiste was a key contributor to the team’s success, recording two assists in a Canada’s 3-2 victory over the United States in the final game. Baptiste finished the tournament with three goals and eight points, finishing in second place in scoring on Team Canada and sixth place overall in the tournament scoring.
The Ottawa native also won gold with the Wolves at the World Junior Club Championship in Omsk, Russia back in August. He also won a bronze medal as part of Team Ontario at the 2021 World U-17 Hockey Challenge.