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Video: Richmond's Troy Stecher wins gold at World Championships

Stecher was one of Team Canada's most productive players in the 3-2 overtime win over Finland
Troy Stecher (left) celebrates winning the World Hockey Championship on Sunday

Richmond’s own Troy Stecher was one of the Canadian heroes Sunday when the country bagged the World Championship title over Finland.

Despite having a terrible start to the 2021 IIHF Men’s World Championships in Latvia, Team Canada won the gold medal game with a 3-2 overtime victory.

It followed on from their win over the U.S. on Saturday, who went on to win bronze, with a 6-1 crushing of Germany.

Former Vancouver Canuck Stecher, 27, led all skaters in the final, 27:46 time on the ice and tied for most shots on Team Canada – four.

After the win, he posted on his Twitter account: “IIHF World Champions! Next stop: Richmond Country Club.”

Earlier, the United States claimed bronze with a 6-1 win over Germany. Sunday's result was sweet revenge for Canada, which denied Finland in its quest to win back-to-back world titles for the first time.

The Finns beat Canada 3-1 in the 2019 world championship final. The 2020 tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.