2024 IIHF Men's U18 World Championship

Gavin McKenna, Porter Martone Break Canadian Scoring Record At U18 Worlds

Gavin McKenna, Porter Martone Break Canadian Scoring Record At U18 Worlds

Gavin McKenna and Porter Martone each surpassed Macklin Celebrini's Canadian scoring record for a single tournament at the U18 Men's World Championship.

May 4, 2024 by Chris Peters

ESPOO, Finland – Gavin McKenna isn’t NHL Draft-eligible until 2026, and Porter Martone won't be drafted until 2025, but they’ve already laid waste to a record previously held by the guy who is expected to go No. 1 in 2024. McKenna scored a highlight-reel goal in Canada’s semifinal 5-4 win over Sweden to notch his 16th point of the tournament, passing Tyson Jost and 2024 top prospect Macklin Celebrini for the most points by a Canadian at the IIHF Men’s World Under-18 Championship. Meanwhile, Martone posted two assists against Sweden, drawing even with McKenna while surpassing Celebrini and Jost himself.

On top of nabbing the co-lead for single-tournament scoring by a Canadian, Martone also passed up Connor Bedard for the career scoring lead by a Canadian in this tournament. He now has 22 points over two tournaments.

Considering McKenna is just 16 years old, like Celebrini was last season, makes this record especially impressive. Not only that, but McKenna is in his draft-minus-two season, while Celebrini did it in his draft-minus-one season.

McKenna’s incredible scoring output has bested previous underage performances by Connor McDavid and Connor Bedard, each of whom made their first tournament appearances at 15. Bedard also played in his 16-year-old season. His high for a single tournament was 14.

It is still possible for McKenna to achieve the best single-tournament scoring record for a 16-year-old in this tournament. That is currently co-held at 18 points by Alexander Ovechkin and Mikhail Grigorenko, both of Russia.

Martone, meanwhile, is a true Under-18 player as a 2006 birth year. His October birthday, however, means he will have to wait one more year to be drafted. He is widely considered to be no worse than a top-five pick for the 2025 NHL Draft.

Canada has been cruising through the tournament with their top line dominating. Both McKenna and Martone have been side-by-side for pretty much the entire tournament and have made things difficult for the opposition. Martone has the size and strength to go along with the skill, while McKenna's speed has made him stand out.

This tournament has seen a number of records fall as James Hagens of Team USA set the single-tournament scoring record with his 22nd point in USA's semifinal win over Slovakia earlier Saturday. Additionally, U.S. defenseman Cole Hutson is now the career scoring leader among defensemen in the history of the IIHF Men's World Under-18 Championship with 22 points.

They will meet the United States in the gold-medal game at U18 Worlds on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET. The game will air on NHL Network in the U.S. and TSN in Canada.

How Do I Watch The IIHF World Under-18 Championship in the U.S.?

NHL Network will carry Team USA's games and select others live on television in the United States. Streaming information is not yet available.

How Do I Watch The IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Canada?

TSN is expected to broadcast every game from the 2024 IIHF Men's World U18 Championship with many games appearing on one of TSN's family of networks. The tournament will also be streamed in Canada on TSN+.

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