Wednesday, January 30, 2019
British Columbia played host to the 2006 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship (WJC), with games split between Vancouver, Kamloops and Kelowna.
That year set the WJC record for highest attendance, averaging 10,488 fans per game, over the course of 31 games.
Canada won gold on home soil, with the help of goaltender Justin Pogge (Fort McMurray, AB), who posted a tournament high 1.00 goals against average and a 0.952 save percentage. Pogge, who was raised in Penticton, backstopped Canada with three (3) shutouts, one (1) of which came in the semi-final, in a 4-0 win over Finland. Another came in the final, with a 5-0 Canada win over Russia, to claim the gold medal in front of capacity crowd at General Motors Place.
The second gold in a row for Canada at the WJC, in a streak of what eventually ended at five (5) in 2010.