This is a difficult situation for any young player to be in. Colorado Avalanche prospect and Team Canada blueliner Bowen Byram was fighting back tears after being named Canada’s player of the game in Team Canada’s Gold Medal loss to the Americans at the 2021 World Juniors on Tuesday night.

Byram was obviously dealing with the pain of the gut-wrenching 2-0 shutout loss and then had to accept his award for Player of the Game. Byram couldn’t even look at the camera and was consoled by forward Dylan Cozens as his named was announced over the arena speakers.


The Canadians had looked unbeatable at the 2021 World Juniors heading into the final game, but the United States played a near flawless game to rob them of the gold. Goalie Spencer Knight stopped all 33 shots he faced, while Trevor Zegras continued his excellent tournament with a goal and an assist.

Byram is going to be a special player for the Avalanche, but that’s a gut-wrenching scenario to go through. To make matters worse, Byram was tasked with presenting all the Canadian players with their silver medals.

Byram was also named to the World Juniors All-Star team after putting up four points and a +13 rating through seven games. He was joined by Finnish defenseman Ville Heinola, and Trevor Zegras (USA), Dylan Cozens (CAN) and Tim Stuetzle (GER) were named the all-star forwards. Canadian goalie Devon Levi was named goaltender of the tournament.

Byram was drafted fourth overall by the Colorado Avalanche in 2019 and soon will be joining a stacked Avalanche blueline that already includes Calke Makar, Samuel Girard, Erik Johnson and Devon Toews.

Only bright days ahead for the stud defensive prospect.