Thanks to a brilliant passing play, Team Sweden goaltender Filip Gustavsson had no chance of stopping Team Canada forward Sam Steel.
If you’ve ever thought the backhand- or no-look pass does more harm than good, you definitely need to watch the below video. Started by Canadians Jordan Kyrou and Mason Shaw, the goal scored during the World Junior Summer Showcase is turning some heads … especially from those who coach the game.
As you were likely told when a young skater yourself, the behind-the-back pass is a difficult one to master, so don’t try it unless you’re completely comfortable and you know your teammate is ready for it. Obviously, Kyrou and Shaw knew their teammates could handle the slickness.
The Summer Showcase is meant for plays such as this, though. These players took advantage of a slow hockey news month and displayed their extreme talent on the only stage hockey truly offers in August.
The goals kept coming in the Canada-Sweden contest, as the final saw Canada win the game, 7-4. Steel ended the game with a goal and an assist, while Kyrou and Shaw combined for two goals and two assists.
The Summer Showcase ended on August 5, with Team USA defeating Canada, 7-5.
Steel was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in 2016 with the 30th overall selection. Shaw was the Minnesota Wild’s fourth round selection, 97th overall, in this summer’s draft, while Kyrou was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in 2016 with their second round selection, 35th overall.
Only time will tell if this trio makes the jump to the NHL and we see more plays like this one. Their NHL teams will expect to see some of this magic when camps open in mid September.
Video courtesy Hockey Vines on Facebook
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