WJC Golden Memories | Jimmy Beats World


When he wasn’t steering aside pucks for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens from 1986-88, Jimmy Waite was standing on his head for Team Canada at a pair of World Juniors.

The first one didn’t quite go as planned, however. With his club on the path to a gold medal, Canada and the Soviets would engage in the now infamous “Punch-Up in Piestany”, a bench clearing brawl that would leave both squads disqualified from the 1987 event in Czechoslovakia.

With redemption on everyone’s mind, Waite and the Canadians would stroll into Moscow and claim gold the following season. The eventual veteran of 106 NHL games – and the current Goaltending Coach of the Chicago Blackhawks – Waite completed his world junior career with a perfect 8-0-0 record as well as Top Goaltender honors at the 1988 tournament.

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