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Troy Stecher, Jacob Bernard-Docker win gold at Men's World Championship; Christian Wolanin grabs bronze

Former UND defenseman Jacob Bernard-Docker joins Jonathan Toews as the only two UND players to have gold medals in both the World Junior Championship and the Men's World Championship

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Team Canada players, including former UND standouts Troy Stetcher and Jacob Bernard-Docker celebrate their IIHF World Championship win Sunday in Latvia. Photo/Reuters
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Jonathan Toews and Mike Commodore now have company.

Former UND defensemen Troy Stecher and Jacob Bernard-Docker won gold medals with Canada at the Men's World Championship on Sunday afternoon as the Canadians defeated Finland 3-2 in overtime in Riga, Latvia.

Stecher and Bernard-Docker joined Toews and Commodore as UND's only gold medalists in the event. Toews and Commodore were teammates on the 2007 Canadian team.

Bernard-Docker also joined Toews as the only UND players to win golds in both the World Junior Championship and the Men's World Championship. Bernard-Docker was on Canada's under-20 team last season.

Former UND defenseman Christian Wolanin joined Stecher and Bernard-Docker on the medal stand, too. Wolanin won a bronze medal with Team USA on Sunday morning, defeating Germany 6-1.

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Stecher played a key role for Canada.

The Detroit Red Wings defenseman from Richmond, B.C., played 221 minutes, 37 seconds during the World Championship, more than any other player in the tournament. He registered one goal, two points and a plus-5 rating, which topped all Canadian defensemen.

This was Stecher's second World Championship medal. He won silver with Canada in 2019, too.

Bernard-Docker, who played this season for UND before joining the NHL's Ottawa Senators, was a late addition for Team Canada. He played 85:57 in the tournament for the Canadians, who lost their first three games before making a run.

Canada beat Russia 2-1 in overtime in the quarterfinals, topped the United States 4-2 in the semifinals and beat Finland on a Nick Paul overtime goal.

Wolanin also had an excellent tournament, becoming the seventh UND player to win a medal for USA at the Men's World Championship.

The previous American medalists were Brock Nelson (2015), T.J. Oshie (2013), Danny Kristo (2013), Ken Johansson (1962), Milton Johnson (1949, 1950) and Russell Johnson (1949, 1950).

Wolanin, who was traded from the Ottawa Senators to the Los Angeles Kings this season, had a goal, five points and a plus-6 rating in the last three games alone. He scored on a breakaway in the bronze-medal game against Germany.

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Wolanin finished the tournament with a plus-8 rating, which was third among all players.

UND's Men's World Championship medalists

Gold

2021 -- Troy Stecher, Jacob Bernard-Docker (Canada)

2007 -- Jonathan Toews, Mike Commodore (Canada)

Silver

2019 -- Troy Stecher, Tyson Jost, coach Dave Hakstol (Canada)

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2017 -- coach Dave Hakstol (Canada)

2008 -- Jonathan Toews (Canada)

1989 -- James Patrick (Canada)

1950 -- Milton Johnson, Russell Johnson (USA)

Bronze

2021 -- Christian Wolanin (USA)

2015 -- Brock Nelson (USA)

2013 -- T.J. Oshie, Danny Kristo (USA)

2009 -- Travis Zajac, coach Dave Tippett (Canada)

1986 -- Phil Sykes (Canada)

1967 -- Art Miller (Canada)

1962 -- Ken Johannson (USA)

1949 -- Milton Johnson, Russell Johnson (USA)

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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