Sports Inside the McTavish family tree: Mason McTavish, son of former player and coach Dale, set to captain Team Canada at 2022 World Juniors
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World Juniors schedule 2022: Full dates, times, TV channels, live streams to watch every hockey gameThe 10-team tournament will start fresh, with some new rosters, new teams and a completely new schedule. Results from the winter will not carry over into summer, so you can flush everything from December away.
Whether it's been as a player, a coach or an owner, the McTavish name is well-known among the Canadian hockey community.
Dale McTavish is a former player and coach and his son, Mason, is one of the top NHL prospects. Fans of hockey in Ontario are particularly familiar with the two.
Both Mason and Dale dressed for the Pembroke Lumber Kings, as well as the Peterborough Petes. When Mason was playing with the Lumber Kings, his dad was at the helm of the bench, coaching Mason when he was 16 years old.
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Now, Mason will be headlining Team Canada the next week and a half as their captain, with the goal of winning a gold medal in his sights at the 2022 World Juniors.
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Canada vs. Latvia: Live score, highlights, updates from 2022 World Juniors hockey tournamentCanada, who enters the tournament as the favorite to win gold, is without the likes of Shane Wright, Owen Power, Jake Neighbours and others, who either elected not to play or are dealing with injuries. However, there is still plenty of star power on the Canada club.
Here is a look at the McTavish family tree.
The Ducks have a number of bright young stars in their organization with Troy Terry, Trevor Zegras and Jamie Drysdale. Add Mason McTavish to that list.
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The No. 3 pick from the 2021 draft is a strong, brutish center who has a high motor and knack for finding loose pucks. He also has an excellent shot in his arsenal, making him a weapon with the puck on his stick.
Mason was originally born in Switzerland where Dale was playing hockey at the time, but grew up in Ontario. He played for the Pembroke Lumber Kings, a junior "A" level hockey team playing in the Central Canada Hockey League, where his dad coached him. He was selected fifth overall by the Peterborough Peters in the 2019 OHL Draft.
McTavish puts up six points, Canada crushes Slovakia 11-1 at world juniors
EDMONTON — Mason McTavish didn't have to pull on the Maple Leaf and play in an unusual summer world junior hockey championship. The 19-year-old forward will head back to the Anaheim Ducks next month, the NHL team where he put up a goal and two assists in nine appearances last season. Skipping an August tournament to focus on preparing for training camp likely wouldn't raise eyebrows. But McTavish has been clear — he loves playing hockey and he loves representing Canada The dedication paid off Thursday as the captain put up four goals and two assists, powering his team to an 11-1 victory over Slovakia.
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He played the 2020-21 season over in Switzerland, as the OHL did not have a season due to COVID-19 and then bounced around this past season. He started in the AHL, was called up to Anaheim after three games, then sent back to the OHL. After just five games with Peterborough, he was traded to the Hamilton Bulldogs, where he helped the team win the OHL championship and make a run at the Memorial Cup.
Mason also dressed for Team Canada at the 2022 Winter Olympics, recording an assist for the country. Now, he is captain for his country in Edmonton as he and his fellow Canadian teammates aim for a gold medal at the World Juniors.
Mason's father, Dale, was a longtime hockey player himself.
Born in Eganville, Ont., McTavish played for four seasons with the Peterborough Petes, helping lead the team to an OHL championship in 1993 and a berth at the Memorial Cup.
After he was not drafted to the NHL, he spent two years playing Canadian college hockey with St. Francis Xavier where he began to get attention from NHL clubs. He signed a deal with the Flames in 1996, but subsequently spent the majority of the next seasons with their AHL affiliate, the Saint John Flames.
He skated in nine NHL games, recording a goal and two assists. After the 1996-97 season, McTavish went over to Europe where he played the next 15 seasons bouncing from Finland to Switzerland and then back to Finland. He retired from hockey in 2011.
McTavish bought the Pembroke Lumber Kings in 2013 from now-Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe. he eventually sold the team in 2019 to Alex Armstrong.
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There is nothing like the drama of an international tournament, and during the World Juniors gold medal game on Saturday, there was no shortage of entertainment. In the final between hockey powerhouses Canada and Finland, the former and favourites came out strong to a 2-0 lead after two periods, courtesy of Joshua Roy and Kent Johnson. Finland then came storming back to even the score with two goals of their own and forced the best spectacle in the sport: overtime hockey.It was immediately chaotic. Both teams going for the other’s throat off the drop of the puck.