Kelowna Rockets’ forward Nolan Foote was a member of Canada’s gold medal-winning team in the Czech Republic. -Image: Hockey Canada/Twitter

Foote celebrates gold with Team Canada

Rockets’ forward Nolan Foote part of Canadians’ win at Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup

Nolan Foote helped Canada uphold its reputation as the powerhouse in world U18 men’s hockey.

The Kelowna Rockets’ forward and his Canadian teammates defeated the host country 4-1 on Saturday in Brecalv, Czech republic to win the gold medal at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial.

It was the ninth time in 10 years and 21st time in the 27-year history of the summer under-18 competition that Canada has captured the championship.

“It’s exciting,” said Canadian head coach Brent Kisio of the WHL’s Lethbridge HurricanesThere are a lot of great teams and a lot of great countries (competing in the tournament), and to come out on top is pretty special.”

“It’s a pretty special experience playing over here, with these fans (who were) awesome.”

Foote, 16, the Rockets’ top rookie in 2016-17, had a goal and an assist in five games for Team Canada.

The 6-foot-3, 187-pound Foote is the son of former NHLer Adam Foote and the brother of Kelowna defenceman, and has dual Canadian/American citizenship.

Just as Cal was this summer, Nolan is projected as a potential first round pick in the 2019 NHL entry draft.

The full game story and stats can be found at HockeyCanada.ca/Hlinka.

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