The future is bright for hockey in the United States. Team USA took part in the World Juniors and defeated Sweden to win the gold medal game. This is their first gold medal since taking down Canada in 2021 but it is their fourth medal in the last six years. The United States won the gold medal game 6-2 after beating Finland 3-2 in the semifinals.
United States left wing Cutter Gauthier played well during the tournament, picking up 10 points in seven games. Gauthier netted a power-play goal in the third period against Finland that ended up being the game-winner. He is currently a sophomore at Boston College but made headlines this week for another reason. Gauthier was surprisingly traded from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenseman Jamie Drysdale and a 2025 second-round pick. Gauthier reportedly requested the trade and said he didn’t see himself as part of the franchise anymore, and the front office granted it, trading him to the Ducks.
Scottie Upshall and Shane O’Brien discuss the USA’s World Juniors victory and the Gauthier trade that followed on the latest episode of Missin Curfew, presented by DraftKings Network. The duo also previews the 2024 NFL Playoffs and breaks down the Toronto Maple Leafs eight-year, $92 million extension for forward William Nylander.