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Canada vs. Russia final: GOLDEN! Canada comes back, wins gold at 2020 World Juniors – Sporting News




In a display of grit, determination and unwavering confidence in their squad, the Canadians did not fold, they did not give up — they battled. Trailing 3-1 in the third period, they stormed back by tallying three unanswered goals — including a breathtaking backhander by Akil Thomas as he was falling down with 3:58 remaining in the game — to seal the 4-3 win. 

A long-storied rivalry, this one was a no-holds-barred battle from the drop of the puck. Canada had to grind it out as they faced penalty after penalty in the opening frame with its penalty killers blocking shots and clearing the zone. Russia, who back on Dec. 28 handed the Canadians their worst-ever loss in world juniors history with a crushing 6-0 defeat, broke the scoreless affair off a sweet deflection from St. Louis Blues prospect Nikita Alexandrov. Canada’s Dylan Cozens tied the game up less than two minutes later, but Russia would go back ahead by two after Grigori Denisenko and Maxim Sorkin scored past Joel Hofer.

Then came the comeback.

CANADA’S GOALS: Cozens’ opener | McMichael scores with foot | Hayton’s equalizer | Thomas’ game-winner

First, Calen Addison took a shot and the Canadians got the lucky break as it deflected off the Russian defender and Connor McMichael’s leg to beat Amir Miftakhov. Like Hofer, who stopped 35 of 38 shots, Miftkakhov was stellar in net — stopping 26 of 30 shots — but the bounce that went their way was just what the Canadians needed. Just over two minutes later, captain Barrett Hayton — who many did not expect to play after he left Saturday’s game with an arm injury after crashing into the boards and was a game-time decision — put his team on his back and with one rifled shot from the right circle tied the game

Thomas, who had not tallied a goal entering Sunday’s game, saved his best for last as he took advantage of a misplay by New Jersey Devils defenseman Danil Misyul in his own end. His goal sent the crowd and the Canadian bench into a tizzy as the comeback was complete. Russia did not muster many chances afterward and the Canadians were IIHF World Junior champions for the 18th time in the nation’s history.

The Canadians do have an impressive record when the Czech Republic hosts the tournament. They’ve medaled every year it has been played there, winning silver in 2002 and now three golds — in 1994 when the tournament was also in Ostrava, 2008 and 2020. With the win over Russia, it marked the fifth time Canada beat the rival in nine games since 1996.

Sporting News had all the action as Canada won gold at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Canada vs. Russia scores, highlights from 2020 World Juniors gold medal game

(All times Eastern.)

Final score: Canada 4, Russia 3

4:05 p.m. — Scenes from the celebration.

3:46 p.m. — Nikita Alexandrov named the player of the game for Russia and Barrett Hayton gets the award for Canada.

Third period: Canada 4, Russia 3

3:42 p.m. — GOLD FOR CANADA!

3:40 p.m. — Grigori Denisenko takes a shot and his stick breaks. He holds onto the broken shaft and tried to play against Foudy. Denisenko called for the penalty and Russia down two men.

3:40 p.m. — Empty net for the Russians.

3:39 p.m. — Will skate 4-on-4 for 44 seconds and then Canada will have an extra man for about 35.

3:38 p.m. — Then with 44 seconds left on the power play, Pavel Dorofeyev knocks the stick out of Liam Foudy’s hands and is given an interference penalty (like what Veleno got earlier in the game).

3:37 p.m. — Aidan Dudas’ clearing shot goes off the camera and it’s not called a delay of game penalty. Russia is obviously irate as the (TSN) camera is behind the glass and there was no call.

3:36 p.m. — Russia not getting much set-up time in the first minute of the power play.

3:35 p.m. — Hofer with the save on Alexander Romanov.

3:33 p.m. — Now, with 2:41 left on the clock, Kevin Bahl gets called for hooking. Russia, after a timeout, will go 6-on-4.

3:30 p.m. — GOAL! Russia’s Danil Misyul misplays the puck in his own end above the circles. Akil Thomas gets the loose puck and skates in and while falling roofs the puck on the backhand. An unreal goal for his first goal of the tournament. Canada leads 4-3.

3:28 p.m. — Hayton gets hit along the boards by the penalty box and is in pain on the bench.

3:26 p.m. — Buckle up! Tie game with 5:44 left on the clock.

3:19 p.m. — PP GOAL! Wow! Barrett Hayton! Sitting on the off-wing, he gets the pass in the right circle and rifles the wrister top shelf. Game tied 3-3.

3:18 p.m. — Canada will head to the power play. The Canadians are 1-for-5 in the game with the man advantage.

3:17 p.m. — Hofer stops a point shot through traffic. Under nine minutes remaining.

3:13 p.m. — The goal is reviewed to see if he purposely directed it — but, nope, it’s a goal! Back to being a one-goal game.

3:11 p.m. — GOAL! Just 34 seconds after Russia takes a two-goal lead, Connor McMichael has a shot by Calen Addison deflect off his legs and in. Canada trails 3-2.

3:09 p.m. — GOAL. Ilya Kruglov feeds Maxim Sorkin out in front and he buries the shot. His first point of the game. Canada trails 3-1.

3:03 p.m. — Ty Dellandrea cuts to the middle but his shot sails high and wide.

3:02 p.m. — Connor McMichael on a breakaway down the left wing but Amir Miftakhov makes the blocker save.

3:00 p.m. — After a slight delay to fix a net, Canada starts the third period on the power play.

3:00 p.m. —  Second-period shots on goal: Canada 16, Russia 14

Second period: Russia 2, Canada 1

2:40 p.m. — Right at the buzzer, Yegor Zamula cross-checks Barrett Hayton to the face and Canada will start the period on the power play, down by one.

2:38 p.m. — Dylan Cozens had blocked a shot and was in some discomfort on the bench but motions that he’s ok. Around the same time, Jacob Bernard-Docker laid down the boom.

2:33 p.m. — Just prior to that goal Liam Foudy had a great chance on a one-timer as he was crashing the net but Amir Miftakhov read the play perfectly.

2:30 p.m. — GOAL. Russia retakes the lead as Joel Hofer takes a shot that sounded like it went off the mask and cannot control the rebound. Grigori Denisenko shoves the puck into the net. Canada trails 2-1.

2:25 p.m. — Canada now on a 5-on-4 but do not score.

2:24 p.m. — Amir Miftakhov thinks he was interfered with but no call.

2:23 p.m. — PP GOAL! Joe Veleno distracts the Russian defenseman in front and Dylan Cozens is left all alone to bury the loose puck. Game tied 1-1.

2:21 p.m. — Within seconds of taking a penalty, Russia takes another one when they touch up and Canada will go on a full two-minute 5-on-3 power play.

2:19 p.m. — The top line of Lafreniere, Hayton and Cozens comes out and gets a number of chances — Cozens shoots wide, then Cozens in front on the backhand can’t tuck it in and Lafreniere can’t score on the rebound.

2:17 p.m. — Goal is being reviewed, probably to see if it was hit with a high-stick — and it’s not close. Good goal.

2:16 p.m. — PP GOAL. Yegor Zemula’s point shot is deflected down by Nikita Alexandrov and beats Hofer between the legs. Canada trails 1-0.

2:14 p.m. — Hofer another big-time save — this one off of the paddle.

2:12 p.m. — Hayton called for holding the stick but it is a questionable call. Regardless Canada is shorthanded again.

2:09 p.m. — Joel Hofer with a big save on Alexander Khovanov as he streaks in.

2:07 p.m. — Lots of scramble in front of the Russian net but the Canadians — including Alexis Lafreniere and Bowen Byram — can’t bury the loose puck.

2:05 p.m. — Some first-period stats

  • Canada seven shots on goal, Russia 10
  • Canada eight penalty minutes, Russia two

Key: + is for shots saved by goalkeeper; < is for blocked shots; – is missed shot

2:04 p.m. — Canada cannot convert and it’s back to 5-on-5.

2:00 p.m. — Canada breaks out 3-on-2, Dylan Cozens with a good high shot that Miftakhov sends it to the middle. Lots of scrambling in the slot but in the end, Canada gets a power play as the puck was covered by the closed hand of a Russian player.

1:59 p.m. — Second period underway. Hayton not penalized for the high-stick.

1:59 p.m. — Going to go out on a limb and say that was the Canadian contingent . . . 

First period: Canada 0, Russia 0

1:42 p.m. — Barrett Hayton’s stick comes up and smacks Yegor Sokolov in the face as the first period ends. Canada may start the second down a man again.

1:41 p.m. — Russia held to two shots on net. It is now 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

1:38 p.m. — Jamie Drysdale with a block and it stung him. He is limping around.

1:36 p.m. — After the penalty expires, the Russians go right back on the power play as Kevin Bahl is called for slashing. Canada doing well on the penalty kill but can’t keep giving the Russians the opportunity.

1:34 p.m. — Hofer makes a good save on a point shot that may have handcuffed him slightly and then follows it up seconds later with another key stop as the puck goes off the skate of McIsaac

1:32 p.m. — As we’ve seen all tournament long, the referees are going to call it tight. Ty Smith now gets called for holding and Canada will be shorthanded for the third time in the game.

1:30 p.m. — Akil Thomas with a big block on the penalty kill right after Jacob McIsaac does the same.

1:27 p.m. — Joe Veleno gets called for interference as he goes to lift a stick and it goes flying. They’ll skate 4-on-4 for 27 seconds and then Russia gets power-play time.

1:27 p.m. — Alexander Romanov block a Hayton shot and it appears to sting the Russian defender.

1:25 p.m. — Joe Veleno gets slashed in the neutral zone and is seen flexing his hand but stays on the ice. Canada will head to its first power play.

1:21 p.m. — By the way, for the superstitious readers: Canada’s wearing the black (a.k.a. the best) jersey again today. The Canadians wore them against the Czech Republic in the preliminary round, Slovakia in the quarterfinals and Finland in the semifinal.

1:18 p.m. — Lots of centering passes by both teams but none are connecting.

1:15 p.m. — Joel Hofer has looked stellar thus far and makes a big save on the penalty kill.

1:13 p.m. — Jared McIaasc takes a penalty and Russia will get the first power play of the game. Russia has scored seven power-play goals in the last three games.

1:09 p.m. — Bowen Byram and Barrett Hayton have taken their first shifts of the game.

1:09 p.m. — Liam Foudy with a chance early on and right off the post.

1:08 p.m. — Game on!


1:03 p.m. — It is loud at Ostravar Arena.

12:49 p.m. — Canada’s lineup.

12:44 p.m. — History in the making.

12:42 p.m. — Hayton is on the ice.

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Coronavirus victims: Remembering the Canadians who have died – CTV News



The first person in Canada contracted COVID-19 in January, but it wasn’t until March that the first Canadian died from the disease.

The numbers have grown in Canada and around the world since then, each death an anonymous statistic announced in a growing daily tally.

While the loss is real for those who have lost loved ones to the disease, it is harder to fathom for Canadians not directly touched by the tragedy.

However, each statistic represents a Canadian with their own story.

These are some of the victims’ stories, as told to CTV News by family members and loved ones.

Did one of your loved ones die of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus? Help us share your memories of them, along with a favourite photo of them, to paint a fuller picture of some of the Canadian lives lost as a result of the pandemic.

Please email us the name, age, hometown, and date of death of your loved one at, along with your name, location and contact information.

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Why getting COVID-19 vaccines approved in Canada won't be 'overnight solution' to pandemic –



For months, more than 150 teams around the world have been working at an unprecedented pace to develop a vaccine against the new coronavirus. 

Ten of those vaccine candidates are now in Phase 3 clinical trials, in which each is given to thousands of people to ensure it’s both safe and effective — the final leg of the process before their potential approval.

In the fight against COVID-19, that feels like a light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.

But once at least one vaccine is approved, what comes next? 

“Approval itself is not going to be an overnight solution,” said Matthew Miller, an associate professor at the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster University in Hamilton.

“There’s going to be a significant amount of time required to distribute the vaccine and then have enough doses prepared to administer to the population.”

Public health and vaccination experts also say the months after Canada starts acquiring a vaccine will be rife with challenges, both logistically and ethically, as public health officials will need to determine which groups should get priority access — be it health-care workers or other vulnerable demographics — as production scales up to meet demand.

“There will inevitably be supply chain issues,” Miller warned. “It’s going to take time for the vaccine manufacturers to produce enough doses, and there’s going to need to be prioritization over who will get those first doses when they become available.”

WATCH | Dr. Theresa Tam on the flu and COVID-19 vaccines:

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says preparations for administering this year’s flu vaccine is a “good rehearsal” for any COVID-19 vaccine. 1:01

Canada preordering 6 candidates

Earlier this year, the federal government said it put $1 billion into preorders of six foreign vaccine candidates

It’s a move that hedges our bets, with Canada set to receive 20 million to 76 million doses of each vaccine — if any successfully make it through clinical trials and gain approval from Health Canada.

Should at least one of the preorders prove safe and effective, federal and provincial officials need a strategy in place to roll it out among different groups, ensuring there are no “inequities” between regions, noted Alison Thompson, an associate professor in the Leslie Dan faculty of pharmacy and Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

“This is something that we can get out in front of,” she said. “We know a vaccine could become available in the next few months.”

In September, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said preparations for administering this year’s flu vaccine offered a “good rehearsal” for mass immunization programs for a coronavirus vaccine.

But some Ontario physicians recently warned those efforts fell short, with initial rounds of supplies drying up quickly amid early and higher-than-usual demand.

The province, however, has said more shipments are coming — and stressed the program was meant to take a staggered approach to rolling out the vaccine, first targeting vulnerable populations like long-term care residents before the general public. 

Protecting ‘vulnerable’ first

That “prioritization” approach could also prove crucial while rolling out a vaccine for the coronavirus, both to conserve supplies while production scales up and protect those most at risk.

“We may be looking at protection for really important health-care workers, first responders, people who keep the economy running,” Thompson said. “We might want to be protecting vulnerable populations first before anybody else.”

But who should be deemed most vulnerable, and first in line?

There’s no “one size fits all” approach behind that decision, Miller said, and in Canada a lot of factors are at play, from residents’ ages to their socioeconomic status to their pre-existing health conditions.

Health-care workers have proved at risk across the country, with a dozen dying and more than 21,000 falling ill — representing roughly 20 per cent of cases — in the pandemic’s first wave, according to a September report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

The largest death toll, however, was more than 5,300 elderly residents in long-term care, with those facilities accounting for more than 80 per cent of all Canadian COVID-19 deaths in the first wave, CIHI findings show.

Racialized and marginalized communities have also been hard hit in areas like Toronto, where multiple diverse, lower-income neighbourhoods have experienced high case counts and test positivity rates for the virus have been more than triple the city’s average, Toronto Public Health data shows.

A resident of Toronto’s Fairview Nursing Home leaves with paramedics on Sept. 29, 2020 — the same day Premier Doug Ford announced a plan to scale back visitations to care homes as a means to curb a spike in cases. Fairview is in the midst of an outbreak of COVID-19. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Alongside health-care workers on the front lines, it’s remote Indigenous communities which “need to be first priority,” based on the severe comorbidities, residential overcrowding and lack of access to health-care facilities found in many areas, according to Dr. Anna Banerji, an associate professor at the University of Toronto and faculty lead for Indigenous and refugee health. 

“All Indigenous communities are at highest risk compared to non-Indigenous communities — by far,” she said.

Scaling up could take ‘many months’

Miller said the process of scaling up vaccinations from priority groups to the broader public could take “many months,” if not a year or more.

That time frame could also involve a less-discussed stage of vaccine research: Phase 4 clinical trials, after candidates are already on the market.

It’s a time to evaluate vaccines’ effectiveness and safety in a “real world” setting, Miller said, and could offer clues for future generations of COVID-19 vaccines.

“The first vaccines approved may not necessarily be the most effective vaccines,” he said. 

The vaccine for human papillomavirus, or HPV, was later expanded to protect people against more strains of the virus, for instance, while an early version of the shot for shingles was far less effective than a later form which has an efficacy of more than 90 per cent.

In those instances, people wound up getting additional rounds of newer vaccines to ensure the highest level of protection, Miller explained, adding it’s still not clear if people will need revaccination to protect against this coronavirus. 

The more pressing concern now is getting at least one first option out to the public in hopes of winding down this months-long pandemic.

While the threshold for achieving herd immunity — which occurs when a large portion of a community becomes immune to a disease, making its continued spread less likely — isn’t clear yet for COVID-19, it could be as high as 70 per cent of people, said epidemiologist Raywat Deonandan, an associate professor at the University of Ottawa.

That’s a level of protection Canada won’t hit for quite some time after a vaccine becomes available, assuming enough residents get the shot.

“If we don’t get there, then we have a functioning society, with some restrictions still in place, like distancing and mask wearing and maybe limits on gatherings, but no more lockdowns and things like that,” he said. 

“So either way, the vaccine is going to help us.”

Front Burner28:37Inside Canada’s race for a COVID-19 vaccine

A global race for a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is underway. More than 160 of them are in different stages of testing around the world. Canada is in this race too. A group of scientists at the University of Saskatchewan’s VIDO-InterVac – the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization in Saskatoon – are trying to get through a decade’s worth of testing and approvals as early as next year. Today on Front Burner, CBC Saskatoon reporter Alicia Bridges takes us inside a lab working on a Canadian COVID vaccine, and inside the lives of the scientists trying to find it. 28:37

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EU removes Canadians from list of approved travellers because of COVID-19 –



European Union officials are moving to halt Canadians from travelling to the bloc of European countries amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In July, the EU set up a so-called white list of countries whose citizens would be allowed access for non-essential travel.

Canada had been on the approved list from Day 1, along with 14 other countries.

The United States has been on the list of banned countries from the start.

In August, the EU removed Algeria, Montenegro, Morocco and Serbia from the white list because of rising COVID-19 case numbers in those countries.

Officials meet every two weeks to decide if any changes should be made to the white list, and no changes had been recommended since then.

Rising case numbers

On Wednesday, officials met for their regularly scheduled meeting. According to Reuters, Bloomberg and other reports, they decided to remove three countries — Canada, Tunisia and Georgia — while adding Singapore to the approved travel list.

An EU official speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed to CBC News that the bloc has decided to change the makeup of the white list, the finalized version of which is expected to be made public within days.

According to CBC’s coronavirus tracker, there are more than 203,000 confirmed cases of the disease across Canada, with 2,251 new cases on Tuesday.

After the changes, the white list consists of nine countries: Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Uruguay. 

The decision doesn’t ban travel immediately, nor is it necessarily strictly enforced in every EU country.

Some countries, such as France, have not placed any restrictions on visitors from countries on the white list. Germany has pared the list down while Italy requires a period of self-isolation and demands travellers take a private vehicle to their destinations even if they are on the white list.

The Canada Border Services Agency doesn’t provide a detailed breakdown of how many Canadians have been travelling to various EU countries, but Statistics Canada does note that in July, the month with the most up to date data, 57,000 people came to Canada from France, 11,000 came from the Netherlands and 42,000 from Germany.

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