The world junior Hockey championship is taking place right now, and while most hockey fans haven't had their attention diverted from the NHL season, one player is making a name for himself in Toronto: forward Colin White, a member of Team USA. He scored on Thursday against Russia, marking the third straight game he has scored a goal in during the tournament.

Remarkable tournament appearance

The goal on Thursday may have been the easiest White has put away in his career. After a saved slap shot, the rebound came right towards the forward, who had plenty of open space to bury a goal. The score put the USA ahead 2-1 on their Cold War rivals.

White is one of two players on the USA roster who has played in this tournament before, so he was expected to take on a leadership role, and has done so. On Monday, the sophomore forward from Boston College scored and assisted in the second period of a 6-1 victory over Latvia. Through Wednesday, the USA is tied for the Group B lead with their Canadian counterparts, largely based on the play of White, who was Player of the Game on Monday as well.

A bright future

While he is committed to continuing with a strong Boston College hockey team, White is already on the verge of taking the next step in his career outside of Team USA. The forward was drafted by the Ottawa Senators with the 21st pick in the 2015 Entry Draft, a draft that has already seen stars emerge in Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, and Dylan Strome.

He actually shares something in common with Eichel, as they were both named Hockey East Rookie of the Year during their collegiate careers.

The biggest triumph in his professional life so far, however, also came with Team USA. Back in 2015, White was playing in the gold medal game of an Under-18 international tournament when the forward scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Finland, clinching a championship for the Americans.

The way he's playing during this year's juniors, White may have an opportunity to repeat that highlight once more.

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