Although the tournament didn’t go as hoped, Airdrie hockey product Josh Davies had the experience of a lifetime last week, dressing up for Team Canada at the 2022 World Championships. International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in Landshut and Kaufbeuren, Germany.
The 18-year-old Swift Current Broncos forward, who previously played for the Airdrie Xtreme AAA U15 team and the Springbank-based Edge School for Student-Athletes, played in three of Canada’s four games at the tournament in Germany, recording a pass.
In the round robin, Canada – reigning IIHF U18 world champions – lost to the United States 8-3 on April 23, but continued their loss by beating Germany by the same score two days later. The Canadians then lost 6-5 in overtime to the Czech Republic in their final round robin match on April 26, putting the team into the quarterfinals against Finland.
In what was perhaps a sense of deja vu, Canada fell to the Finns 6-5 in overtime on April 28, knocking the team out of medal contention. Canada led 5-3, but conceded twice in the third period as the Finns forced overtime. Encouraged by their impressive comeback, Finland scored just 30 seconds into the extra period to stun the Canadians and secure a spot in the semi-finals.
Davies laced up his skates for Canada’s games against the United States, Czech Republic and Finland, playing mostly on the fourth line.
Shortly before his trip to Germany, Davies wrapped up his second season in the Western Hockey League (WHL). He played 64 games for the Broncos in the 2021-22 WHL campaign, recording 16 goals and 20 assists in his second junior season.