No better way to wrap up the 2022 Young Stars Classic in Penticton than to have the undefeated host Vancouver Canucks taking on the undefeated Edmonton Oilers in the tournament finale. That’s what we have in store for Monday afternoon.
The Oilers have defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 and the Calgary Flames 4-1, while the Canucks have defeated those same two teams in reverse order, 3-0 and 4-1. It sets up a dandy for full bragging rights.
Forwards Tristen Nielsen, Linus Karlsson and Danila Klimovich are three of the names that stand out for the Canucks thus far.
The Jets and Flames will battle it out to pick up a single win starting at 11 am on Monday while the unbeaten clubs will drop the puck at 2:30.
Todd Bertuzzi arrived to Vancouver in 1998 and played with the Canucks to 2006, the last four seasons as part of the West Coast Express line with Markus Näslund and Brendan Morrison.
His nephew Tyler is entering his eighth season playing for the Detroit Red Wings organization, where Todd finished his NHL career after five seasons in 2014.
Now, Todd’s son Tag Bertuzzi is trying to catch on with another one of his dad’s former teams, although he only played seven games for them in 2006, the Florida Panthers. The former OHL’er is hoping to impress enough to make it on to the Panthers American Hockey League roster in Charlotte.
“Do the Bertuzzi.”
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Have a great week!