U.S., Canada to renew hockey rivalry in Plymouth tourney finale

The Detroit News
Rochester Hills native Jon Gruden had an assist in Friday's 6-5 loss against Finland at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth.

The United States and Canada will renew its hockey rivalry on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the finale of the World Junior Summer Showcase at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth.

On Friday, the U.S. dropped a 6-5 decision against Finland and Canada defeated Sweden 5-2. Red Wings draft picks Otto Kivenmaki (Finland) and Jonatan Berggren (Sweden) each had an assist and goalie Jesper Eliasson (Sweden) made 19 saves.

Two local players, Jon Gruden (Rochester Hills) and Christian Krygier (Novi), were in the lineup for the Americans and have played in all three games for Team USA, which lost 4-1 to Canada in the first of two meetings in the tournament.

Gruden, a 6-foot, 183-pound center with Miami University and a fourth-round draft choice of the Ottawa Senators in 2018, had an assist against Finland on Friday.

Krygier, a 6-2, 188-pound defenseman who will attend Michigan State this year, was scoreless and plus one in three games. He's a seventh-round pick by the New York Islanders in 2018.

Nick Robertson, who was born in California but lived in Northville and Toronto before playing with the Peterborough Petes, played in two games and scored one goal. The 5-9, 175-pound winger was a second-round selection by the Maple Leafs in 2019.

U.S. defenseman Christian Krygier (Novi) will attend Michigan State this year.

World Junior Summer Showcase

All games at USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth

July 27: Finland 3, USA White 2

July 27: USA Blue 4, Sweden 2

July 28: USA Blue 7, Finland 1

July 28: Sweden 2, USA White 1 (OT)

Tuesday: Canada 4, USA 1

Wednesday: Finland 8, Canada 3

Wednesday: USA 6, Sweden 0

Friday: Canada 5, Sweden 2

Friday: Finland 6, USA 5

x-Saturday: Sweden vs. Finland (1 p.m.)

x-Saturday: Canada vs. USA (4 p.m.)

x-Game on NHL Network