Not only did Canada take home gold at the World Championship, they also hit the $1 million jackpot. A tournament sponsor put up prize money for any team that could make it through the entire tournament winning every game in regulation and the Canadians did just that, going 10-0-0-0.
There aren’t many players on Canada World Championship roster that went overseas with hopes of taking home a million-dollar jackpot for Hockey Canada, but thanks to the team’s incredible play over the past two weeks, they’ve done exactly that.
For the first time in World Championship history, the tournament’s media and marketing sponsor, Infront Sports & Media, offered up a $1 million jackpot to any club that could make it through the entire tournament winning every single game they played in regulation. Infront likely weren’t planning on the Canadian roster being one of the most talented World Championship rosters ever assembled, but that’s exactly how things shook out, and now Hockey Canada is $1 million richer.
Though the Canadian team boasted players such as Sidney Crosby, Claude Giroux, Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza, it’s still impressive that they were able to nab the jackpot in a tournament that has been notoriously tough for Canada to win over the past 20 events. Sunday’s win, a 6-1 defeat of Russia in the gold medal game, was only the fifth time in the past 20 years that Canada has won the World Championship.
For Infront, making the jackpot available also probably seemed like a safe bet. In the past 25 years, only three teams — the 1994 Canadian team and 2012 and 2014 Russian teams — were able to make it through the tournament winning each game in regulation. Of those three clubs, only Russia’s entries in the 2012 and 2014 tournaments posted a record of 10-0-0-0, the record which was necessary to take home the prize this year.
Because the check was awarded in Swiss francs, the actual Canadian dollar sum Hockey Canada scored from the national team’s play is closer to $1.3 million. Instead of being used as prize money for the players or put into purchasing the players any commemorative memorabilia, the funds will go to supporting grassroots hockey in Canada.