Barons center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored five points in his debut with the Canadian junior national team in a 9-3 win over Germany Wednesday in Ufa, Russia.
In Canada’s Pool A opener, Nugent-Hopkins compiled four assists and a goal. Nugent-Hopkins, a finalist for NHL Rookie of the Year last season with the Edmonton Oilers, is playing with the Barons during the NHL lockout.
In a wide open game, Nugent-Hopkins scored a point on Canada’s first four goals.
Canada coach Steve Spott named Nugent-Hopkins the Player of the Game, awarding him a cape for post-game interviews. The cape has nothing to do with Superman. The cape is Team Canada’s version of a hard hat or lunch pail that will be awarded after every game.
Canada fired 46 shots on goal against an overmatched Germany squad.
The tournament continues through the first week of January. If the NHL lockout continues past the tournament Nugent-Hopkins will return to Oklahoma City to play with the Barons. Nugent-Hopkins scored 21 points in 20 games with OKC before leaving for the world junior tournament.