World Junior Championships
- Jamie Lundmark and team Canada won the Bronze medal today as they defeated Sweden 2-1 in overtime. Jamie Lundmark didn’t register a point or penalty for the Canadians. Raffi Torres, an Islanders prospect, got the game winning goal in overtime to give Canada their second straight Bronze medal. Canada also is the only team to win a medal in each tournament the past three years. Lundmark’s final stats are 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) and 6 penalty minutes in 7 games. Here is where he finished among everyone in the tournament: 1st in scoring for Canada, tied for 7th in the tournament with his 7 points, tied for 6th in the tourney with 4 goals, 6th in the tourney with a 22.22 shooting percentage, tied for 12th with 3 assists and 1st in face off winning percentage with a 67.78 percentage. He will soon be heading back to Seattle to continue to lead them towards the WHL playoffs and keep racking up points at a rapid pace.
- Pavel Brendl and the Czech Republic took home the Gold medal this year as they defeated Finland 2-1. Brendl played well in the game, registering an assist on the 1st goal by Czech defenseman Rostislav Klesla. Brendl also took a 2 minute penalty in the 1st period for tripping. Brendl finishes with 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) to lead everyone in the tournament. The Czech Republic went undefeated in their 7 games to capture the Gold medal for the 2nd year in a row. Brendl was named to the WJC all-star team. Here is where he finished among everyone in the tourney: 1st on the Czech Republic and the entire tourney with 10 points, 1st in the tourney with 6 assists and tied for 1st in the tourny with a +/- 8. Overall, seems like a good showing by him 🙂 He’ll be heading back to the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL in hopes of doing some great things with the Hitmen.
- Sven Helfenstein and team Switzerland lost to team USA today 4-0 in a game to determine the place of finish. The loss means that Switzerland finishes 6th in the tournament, a good spot for them considering the Russians finished 7th..which is kind of hard to believe with the type of talent that they have. Helfenstein finishes the tournament with 2 goals and 1 assist in 7 games, including 2 penalty minutes.
- Henrik Lundqvist and the Swedes were defeated by Canada today 2-1 (OT) in the Bronze medal game, as you already know. Thus, this gives the Swedes a 4th place finish in the tournament, much better than a lot of people expected. With star defenseman Lars Jonsson (Boston property) and Niklas Kronvall (Detroit property) nursing injuries, many felt the Swedes would finish in the bottom half of the tournament. But with excellent goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist, the Swedes almost walked away with a medal. Lundqvist had another superb performance, making 32 saves while only allowing 2 goals, but it was 1 too many. Lundqvist finishes with the 4th highest Save percentage in the tourney with a .927 percentage, and 5th in the tourney with a 1.86 GAA in 7 games. He stopped 167 of 180 shots faced, and with his solid performance he is opening the eyes of many people around the world, including the Rangers management.