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North Van's Chloe Primerano scores historic hat trick at U18 world championships

The 17-year-old North Vancouver hockey star is leading the tournament with 12 points through four games
North Vancouver hockey phenom Chloe Primerano celebrates her record-setting hat trick at the IIHF U18 World Women’s Championship in Switzerland on Tuesday. | Hockey Canada / X

Hats off to defender Chloe Primerano, who just made hockey history by scoring three goals in a game at the IIHF U18 World Women’s Championship.

In Switzerland on Tuesday, Team Canada finished the preliminary round with a perfect record, shutting out Finland 10-0 to earn the top spot in Group A of the tournament.

In the first period, North Vancouver’s Primerano and teammate Caitlin Kraemer scored goals seven seconds apart, tying the tournament record for fastest back-to-back goals. Primerano put another puck behind the Finnish goalie in the second, followed by another in the third period, setting the record for being the first defender to score a hat trick at the event.

That win sent them to the quarterfinal matchup against Switzerland on Thursday, where Canada dominated again with a 6-0 victory. Against the Swiss team, Primerano racked up three assists for a total of seven in the tournament. With five goals to go along with those seven assists, she now leads the championship in points, with 12 to her name through four games.

Team Canada will now advance to the semifinals on Saturday. The gold and bronze medal games will be played on Sunday.

Primerano is no stranger to setting records. In 2022, she was taken by the Vancouver Giants in the WHL Prospects draft, becoming the first female skater to get drafted by a CHL team.

After the recent launch of the Professional Women’s Hockey League, Primerano told Hockey Canada she’d love to play in that association.

“It’s great to have something where you can play all year round and play against high-level competition,” she said.