Dobson plays key role
Summerside native earns two assists in helping Canada win 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup
Defenceman Noah Dobson is returning home with a gold medal.
The 17-year-old son of Andrew and Jenny Dobson of Summerside earned two assists in Canada’s 4-1 victory over the Czech Republic in the goldmedal game of the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup under-18 hockey tournament on Saturday.
Dobson and Jack McBain set up Joe Veleno’s goal at 2:19 of the second period, which gave Canada a 2-0 advantage.
Then, with just 31 seconds remaining in the second period, Dobson and Akil Thomas drew assists on an important goal by Kevin Bahl.
That tally sent the Canadians into the second intermission ahead 3-1, and McBain added an insurance marker at 7:53 of the third period.
Team Canada goaltender Olivier Rodrigue turned aside 18 of 19 shots.
Overall, Canada completed play at 4-1, with their lone setback a shootout decision to Russia in the tournament opener.
Dobson, who played in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge for Canada Red last season, registered three assists in the five games.
Dobson was selected for Team Canada’s under-18 team at a selection camp in Calgary in July.
Next up for Dobson, a product of the Summerside Area Minor Hockey Association, is training camp for his sophomore season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the AcadieBathurst Titan.
Dobson is eligible for the 2018 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
Noah Dobson in action with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan during the 2016-17 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season.