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Edmond's Matt Donovan wins gold medal

Oklahoman Published: January 7, 2010
Edmond native Matt Donovan won a gold medal Tuesday night at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The U.S. defeated Canada 6-5 in overtime. The gold medal for the U.S. is their second all time. The win snapped Canada’s five-year run of World Championship golds.

In the seven games, Donovan had five points (3-2-5) and was plus-6. The 19-year-old defenseman plays his collegiate hockey at Denver. He was a fourth-round draft choice in 2008 by the New York Islanders.

His father, Larry Donovan, is general manager of the University of Oklahoma club hockey team.

Matt Donovan was raised in Oklahoma and played a good portion of his youth hockey in Oklahoma City before moving to Dallas. He played junior hockey with Cedar Rapids of the U.S. Hockey League (USHL).

The World Junior Championship is played every year at various sites around the world. It pits the top under-20 hockey players in the world. This year, the U.S. and Canada were joined by Sweden, Finland, Russia, Switzerland, Latvia, Austria, Czech Republic and Slovak Republic. Next year, the World Junior Championship will be played in Buffalo.