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Severson gets bronze with Team Canada

Kelowna Rockets defenceman Damon Severson (right) helped Canada to a bronze medal at the World Under-18 Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.  - Jana Chytilova/HHOF
Kelowna Rockets defenceman Damon Severson (right) helped Canada to a bronze medal at the World Under-18 Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.
— image credit: Jana Chytilova/HHOF

It wasn't the preferred colour, but winning his first ever international hockey medal was still an unprecedented thrill was for Damon Severson.

The Kelowna Rockets defenceman helped Team Canada to a bronze medal at the World Under-18 Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.

The Canadians needed overtime on Sunday to edge past Finland 5-4 in overtime in the third-place game.

It was a positive bounce-back result for the Canadian team which suffered disheartening 2-1 loss to the United States 48 hours earlier in the semifinal.

Severson, who had two assists in seven games at the world tournament, was grateful for the opportunity to play for his country on the international stage.

"Coming home with a bronze medal," Severson said on his Twitter account. "Unreal experience here in Europe with all the guys. Extremely honoured to represent my country."

It was the 6-foot-2, 198-pound Melville, Sask. native's second tour of duty with Hockey Canada.

Severson played for Team West at the 2011 World Under-17 Challenge in Portage la Prairie, Man.

In two seasons with the Rockets, Severson, 17, has 11 goals and 43 assists in 125 regular season games, and four goals in 14 playoff contests.

Severson is now looking forward to this summer's NHL entry draft in Pittsburgh. He is ranked 48th among North American skaters by Central Scouting.

 

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