By Perry Lefko
A year after they were members of Team Canada that suffered a heartbreaking loss in the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship final, Mississauga’s Michael McLeod and Caledon’s Taylor Raddysh celebrated a golden moment in the 2018 tournament.
McLeod and Raddysh were among the seven returning members from last year’s squad who celebrated a gold-medal win on Jan. 4 at Buffalo in Team Canada’s 3-1 win over Sweden. Last year, the two players were on the losing end of a 5-4 shootout loss to the United States.
Raddysh, a second-round Tampa Bay Lightning draft pick in 2016, finished with two goals and three assists through seven games in the tournament.
McLeod, a New Jersey Devils first-round draft pick in 2016, had a goal and three assists in seven games.
Both McLeod and Raddysh are forwards who play in the Ontario Hockey League. McLeod is with the Mississauga Steelheads and faced one of his teammates, Jacob Moverare, in the final. The Swedish defenceman is in his second season with the Steelheads.
Raddysh began the tournament with the Erie Otters, but was traded a day after it ended in a blockbuster deal with the Sault St. Marie Greyhounds, who were atop the OHL standings at the time of the trade, 15 points ahead of the second-place Hamilton Bulldogs. The Otters were third-last in the league.