Normally we’d be in the closing in on the mid-way point of the regular season, however, we’re in a different world. Last Word on Hockey is still going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for January 5th, featuring John Carlson.
Today in Hockey History
John Carlson Gets OT Winner at 2010 World Juniors
2010: The American defenceman scores an overtime goal to help the United States stun the favoured Canadians, 6-5. It was the second goal of the game for the future Washington Capitals standout. Tournament MVP Jordan Eberle scored twice in the third period to help send the game to overtime for Canada.
The gold medal was the second for the United States and first since 2004. America’s win prevented Canada from winning its sixth straight gold medal.
Other Notable Events
1982: St. Louis Blues rookie Joe Mullen scores two goals in eight seconds in a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota North Stars. Mullen gets four goals and two assists for the Calgary Flames in an 8-6 win over the Los Angeles Kings seven years later.
2004: Patrick O’Sullivan scores late in the third period to give the United States its first World Junior title. The U.S. beats Canada, 4-3, in the final in Helsinki. O’Sullivan scores twice for the Americans while Nigel Dawes gets two for Canada.
2006: Canada gets its 12th gold at the World Juniors with a 5-0 shutout of Russia in Vancouver. Michael Blunden registered two goals while Justin Pogge made 35 saves.
2011: Artemi Panarin scores twice as Russia gets gold at the World Juniors with a 5-3 win over Canada in Buffalo.
2020: Akil Thomas scored with under four minutes left to give Canada the gold with a 4-3 win over Russia in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Happy Birthday to You
1958: Jiri Hrdina
1960: Tim Kerr
1961: Basil McRae
1968: Joe Juneau
1975: Mike Grier
1979: Kyle Calder
1988: Eddie Lack