Team Canada

Heritage Moments: A boy leaves home and crosses the ocean, with no idea he’ll become a hockey star

Mar 12, 2018
St. Catharines Museum

As a little boy growing up in Sokolče, a small village in postwar Czechoslovakia, Stanislav Gvoth didn’t know anything about hockey. He didn’t even know how to skate, and he didn’t particularly care. He was just a kid, with an older brother and recent wartime memories of German soldiers bivouacking in the small family house. Young Stanislav had no inkling he would grow up to be Stan Mikita, one of the greatest hockey players of all time.

Nearly 10 years after the first NHL Winter Classic was played outdoors on New Era Field, the International Ice Hockey Federation is making similar history with today’s World Juniors Hockey Championship match between Team USA and Team Canada.