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North Van's Carson Wetsch helps Canada earn gold at U18 world championships

The North Vancouver forward from the Calgary Hitmen wore an “A” for Canada as they topped the United States in a thrilling tournament final
North Vancouver’s Carson Wetsch, a member of the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen, helped Team Canada win gold at the 2024 IIHF U18 World Championship tournament. | Candice Ward / Calgary Hitmen

North Vancouver’s Carson Wetsch can call himself a world champion after helping Team Canada claim gold at the 2024 IIHF U18 World Championship earlier this month in Finland.

Wetsch was an assistant captain on the team that capped off their tournament run with a thrilling 6-4 comeback win over the United States in the championship final played May 5 in Espoo, Finland. The Canadians went down 3-1 in the final but stormed back to score four straight goals to take the lead. Gavin McKenna sealed the win with an empty net goal, completing a hat trick on the day.

Wetsch, a 6-2 forward, ended the tournament with two goals, one assist, 25 penalty minutes and a +5 rating in six games. The 18-year-old is a member of the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL, scoring 25 goals and 25 assists in 67 games with the team in the 2023-24 season.

His youth hockey career included stints with the North Shore Winter Club, the West Van Academy and Burnaby Winter Club.