February 23 to March 10, 2021 ribbon Canada Winter Games 2007
Ontario takes home gold in men’s hockey
2007, March 4th:
In the end, the pundits had it right: the top seed in the men’s hockey tournament, Ontario, wore the gold.

But to earn it they had to withstand the hard-charging Manitobans who, to get to the finals, had vanquished the two other top seeds, Quebec and Alberta, and they were in the final to the end.

But in the end, led by a goal and two assists from top prospect Steve Stamkos, Ontario’s game was too complete for Manitobans who were forced to play catch-up from the game’s 18-second mark, when Cody Hodgson opened the scoring that ended in the 6 - 4 victory.

But, perhaps the greatest winner of the evening was the state of Canadian Midget hockey. The tournament was characterized by crisp passing, hard shooting and fast skating — and sportsmanship. The games must have been as fun to play as they were to watch.

In the bronze medal game, two goals by Jordan Eberle led Alberta to a 4-3 victory over British Columbia, who made the contest unnecessarily difficult by taking 12 penalties to Alberta’s 6.

In a statistical anomaly, the top three scorers of the tournament, led by Kelsey Tessier’s 12 goals and 15 assists, played for New Brunswick, who placed 7th.

Final standing: Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland-Labrador, Prince Edward Island, the Yukon, NWT