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.