Owen Power made history in Canada’s opener at the World Junior Hockey Championship on Sunday in Edmonton.
The 19-year-old from Mississauga, Ont. became the first Canadian defenceman in the history of the World Juniors to record a hat trick when he scored three goals in the first two periods against Czechia.
After Canada went down 3-1, Power scored an unassisted goal late in the first period. With Canada on an extended 5-on-3 power play in the second period, Power scored consecutive goals, putting the Canadian squad back out in front.
Power went first overall to the Buffalo Sabres in the 2021 NHL Draft. The teenager returned to the University of Michigan, where he has three goals and 13 assists through 26 games in the 2021-22 NCAA season.
Power’s hat trick generated a ton of buzz on social media:
The last defenceman to score a hat trick for at the #WorldJuniors? That would be way back in … never.
— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) December 27, 2021
OWEN POWER #WorldJuniors HATTY!
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) December 27, 2021
OWEN POWER HATTY‼️ https://t.co/FVvA391Mm7
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) December 27, 2021
Owen Power is going to be a stud in the NHL. That extra year at Michigan was the right choice and Buffalo has a really good one.
— Rachel Doerrie (@racheldoerrie) December 27, 2021
Owen Power! HAT TRICK pic.twitter.com/640sJQuc30
— Michigan Hockey (@umichhockey) December 27, 2021
I hope Owen Power has a great NHL career because that name is simply too incredible to waste
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) December 27, 2021
Team Canada is very lucky Owen Power decided to stay at Michigan this season.
— Adam Kierszenblat (@Adamkblat) December 27, 2021
Something tells me they're going to like Owen Power in Buffalo. #LetsGoBuffalo
— Nick Alberga (@thegoldenmuzzy) December 27, 2021