Sault Ste. Marie hockey player Aiden Wright is in Langley B.C where the 18 year old defensemen is thrilled to wear team Canada's red & white as a member of Team Canada East competing in the 2011 World Junior A Challenge, November 7th - 13th.
Aiden was born in Wawa, Ontario and moved to Sault Ste. Marie with his family a number of years ago. He played rep hockey in the Soo Minor Hockey Association before graduating on to play with the Soo Thunder Bantam AAA and the Soo North Stars Midget AAA teams.
Aiden is currently in his second season as a member of the Kingston Voyageurs Jr A team.
Aiden's parents Lisa and Paul Wright will be in the stands in Langley to cheer on their son and Team Canada East.
Randy Gazzola (Thorold, Ont./Trenton, OJHL) scored a hat trick – the first by a defenceman in tournament history – as Canada East opened the 2011 World Junior A Challenge with a 5-0 win over the Czech Republic on Monday afternoon.
Gazzola scored once in the first period and twice in the third, all on shots from the point. His first was a seeing-eye shot that eluded Czech netminder Marek Langhamer, followed by a blast from the point on the power play midway through the third period and a wrist shot that bounced off a Czech glove and in just three minutes later.
Tyson Spink (Williamstown, Ont./Cornwall, CCHL) and Justin Danforth (Oshawa, Ont./Cobourg, OJHL) also scored for the Canadians, who got a 16-save shutout performance from Adrian Ignagni (Mississauga, Ont./St. Michael’s, OJHL).
Langhamer finished with 27 saves for the Czech Republic, which made its tournament debut.
Canada East will enjoy an off day Tuesday before taking on Russia in Wednesday’s early game (4 p.m. PT), while the Czechs will meet the Russians on Tuesday afternoon (4 p.m. PT).