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Davio DiMonte # 32 - Team Canada - Forward - World Champion!
All of the above pictures were taken in Prague, Czech Republic during the ISIHF World Hockey Championships by a number of Davio's die hard hockey friends, fans and family. Davio had the largest cheering section of any player in the entire tournament and as a special thanks to them, Davio scored his first goal of the tournament after only two shifts. The tenth picture above shows Davio being given the puck from that beautiful goal, to bring home as a souvenir.
Davio's favorite picture from Prague is the second picture above. Taken by Jamie McGuire in the Team Canada dressing room, moments after the Official Team Canada Jerseys were handed out and minutes before Canada played and beat Team Finland. Davio not only scored a goal during that game, he was also matched up against the best player on Team Finland, Petri Lampinen #13. A former team mate of NHL star Teemu Selanne, Lampinen averaged over three goals a game during the tournament but was held to only one goal that game. The fourth picture above was taken during that game. The sixth picture above shows Davio beside Team Finland Captain, Ville Waaramaki.
Davio continued to demonstrate his physical strength on the ice during Team Canada's tilt with Russia. During the first shift of the game, a quick race for a loose puck brought two opposing players together head on. The ensuing collision ended with a dazed and confused Russian player on the ice and the puck on Davio's stick. Unfortunately Davio was assessed a roughing minor for hitting too hard and had to serve two minutes in the penalty box. The Russian team, which was largely made up of members from a former Red Army Platoon, responded with the emotion of the 1972 Summit Series and before Davio's penalty was up, both boxes were overflowing with other penalized players. In classic hockey fashion, Davio played with a target on his back for the rest of the game but could still be found taking abuse, in front of the Russian net, every shift for the rest of the game.
Davio worked wonders in front of the net that game and was often confronted by not just one but two Russian players trying to move him away from their goalie. By continuously moving around the slot to block the goalie's view of the puck, Davio was able to assist on two screened shots making their way to the back of the Russian net. Davio also went on to score later that game as he helped the Canadians not just beat the Russians but Shut Them Out! In true sportsmanlike fashion, the same Russian players that had been hitting and sticking Davio the entire game were the first to congratulate him, for his hard work and clean play, after the final buzzer sounded.
Davio also added a pair of assists to his point tally during the tournament and Canada went on to beat the U.S.A. in the Gold Medal Match to become the World Champions! Davio finished the tournament with a +7 rating, the Gold Medal, and a very happy group of die hard Canadian hockey fans in Prague. Picture twelve above was taken after the Closing Ceremony and Gold Medal Presentation to Canada concluded. Go Canada!
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