Sam Reinhart can add a bronze medal to his collection of honours after returning from the Czech Republic with a third place finish with Canada's U-18 team at the World Championships.
Team Canada fell short of an appearance in the gold medal game after losing 2-1 to the U.S. in the semi-final round, which set up a rematch against the Finland for third place.
Despite a 4-2 round robin loss to the Finns, Canada bounced back in a close contest and defeated their opponents 5-4 in overtime.
Medicine Hat Tigers' sniper Hunter Shinkaruk notched a hat trick, scoring the OT goal that clinched the win and the bronze for Canada, while Reinhart helped get the team on the board with a goal in the first period of the game
Reinhart, 16, ended the tournament with two goals and three assists in seven games.
The Americans went on to thump the Swedes 7-0 to take the gold medal in the final game for their fourth consecutive first place finish, while Canada earned it's first medal in four years.
"It was good, going over to the Czech Republic, we had a good group of guys and it was a lot of fun, said Reinhart. "It was fun getting to know everyone from different leagues and it was great playing other countries and being a part of that experience."
Reinhart suited up with nine other WHLers, 10 OHLers and three QMJHLers for the tournament, which was coached by Jesse Wallin, the bench boss for the Red Deer Rebels.
"I got along with him nicely," Said Reinhart. "Just playing against Red Deer, they play physical, they move the puck nicely, so I was looking forward to being able to play for him and it was a lot of fun."
Team Canada had a round-robin record of three wins and two losses, which set up a quarterfinal against Russia.
Canada overcame the Russians 4-2 to move into the semi final against the States, in which the Yanks broke a 1-1 tie early in the third period to earn the berth in the gold medal game.
Canada had previously fallen 5-3 at the hands of the Americans in round-robin.
"Every time you play the States, both teams elevate their game and it certainly showed in this tournament," Reinhart said.
The semi-final loss set a rematch with the Finns for bronze honours.
Reinhart reflected on the initial match against them, noting how the Canadians bounced back with a strong effort later.
"Finland definitely wasn't our best game, but we knew we were just getting better every day," Reinhart said. "It was a little setback, but we just focused on passing to the tape and it was another good game against the U.S. in the last game of the round robin."
While the rematch in the medal game was close, Reinhart said the team picked it up and cleaned up their mistakes.
"That one was a little more focused on the little details and we weren't trying to do it on our own," Reinhart said. "We came together nicely, and they had a bit of a comeback late in the third, but we were able to stay composed, go into overtime and get the win."
While the youngest Reinhart was out earning a bronze, brother Max made his AHL debut with the Abbotsford Heat and scored two goals in his first game.
The middle sibling, Griffin, is in the hunt for a WHL championship with the Edmonton Oil Kings, needing only one more win to make it into the finals.
It's now truly the offseason for Sam, as he gets reintegrated back into his high school in West Vancouver, but there is a chance he could get the nod for the Ivan Hlinka tournament in August as well.
The Ivan Hlinka tournament is an unsanctioned IIHF event featuring the best U-18 squads from around the world.
Max never made the cut for the team, but Griffin earned a gold medal last year.