Canadian U19 Boys win IHF Trophy in Chicago. U21 Boys finish 3rd
May 16, 2018
The Canadian Jr National Team made history this weekend as they won the IHF Trophy competition in Chicago this past Sunday with an emphatic 42-22 victory over the United States at the Lifezone360 Centre. The team finished with a perfect record of 4-0 scoring an impressive 144 goals while conceding 91.
It is the first time Canada has ever won the competition and bodes very well for the future of the national team. Quebec natives Head Coach Ludovic Roucelet and Assistant Sylvain Gaudet selected a familiar cast of young guns from la belle province including seven from Celtique Handball Club of Montreal with other key players coming from CHAC, Levis, and Drummondville handball clubs.
The team will now advance to the next stage of the competition along with runners-up Martinique to IHF Trophy Continental Phase, to be held later this year with the winners of the eventual IHF Trophy Intercontinental Junior Championships earning an automatic spot at the 2019 IHF Men’s Junior World Championships in Spain.
After two wins over Haiti and Dominca the U21 National Men finished 3rd in their competition after a heart breaking loss to eventual tournament winners the United Sates by a 24-26 score that saw them just barely miss out on qualifying for the next stage of the IHF Trophy Jr division with a 2-2 record. The team still put up a great showing with the second-best goal difference in the competition with 82 (159 goal for and 77 goals against), something coaches Patrick Stanley and Matthew Hyman could be proud.