Smith-Pelly lost for World Juniors

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Canada’s 8-1 opening day victory over Finland proved to be costly Monday at Rexall Place in Edmonton.

The win was dampened with news that Canada will be without forward Devante Smith-Pelly after fracturing his left foot blocking a shot from Finnish forward Teemu Pulkkanen.

“Heartbreaking way to end my tournament, but I know the guys will do the country proud regardless,” Smith-Pelly said via Twitter. “Thank you everyone for your kind words.”

Smith-Pelly, who was on loan from the Anaheim Ducks, is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks of action. In 23 games with the Ducks this year, Smith-Pelly has three goals and five points.

Because of tournament rules, Canada is unable to replace Smith-Pelly with another player.

Last year in Buffalo, Canada lost forward Jaden Schwartz to a broken foot. He has returned this year to be the team’s captain.

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