2012 World Championship: Medal Day Wrap-Up

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Photo: Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk helped lead the Russian squad at the 2012 World Championship to a gold medal win (courtesy of

Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

Sunday was Medal Day at the 2012 World Championship, with Russia coming away with the gold medal following a 6-2 win over Slovakia at Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, FinlandSlovakia took home silver while the Czech Republic scored the bronze medal with a 3-2 win over Finland.

Hockey's Future spoke with some of the players taking part in these two games following those matches, with those interviews being presented below.

BRONZE MEDAL GAME

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2012 World Championship: Semi-Final Interviews

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Photo: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera has been patrolling the blueline for Slovakia at the 2012 World Championship.  Sekera and his teammates will go for gold on Sunday vs. Russia (courtesy of

Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)
The 2012 World Championship is heading towards its conclusion in Helsinki, Finland.  Today was the semi-final round, with Russia and Slovakia advancing to the final following their victories today.

HF caught up with a few of the principals from today's contests, with those interviews being presented below.

Russia 6 vs Finland 2

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2012 World Championship: Interviews from Finland-USA

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Photo: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler was paired with Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson at the 2012 World Championship (courtesy of

Patrick Green/ Icon SMI)

After the USA convincingly defeated the home town Finnish team by a score of 5-0 in the preliminary round in Helsinki, the Finns managed to squeak out a hard-fought 3-2 victory in the quarterfinals of the World Championships, effectively ending what had been an outstanding tournament for Team USA.

The joy and relief felt in Helsinki was easily sensed everywhere, not the least of which amongst the players of Team Finland. The hero of the day was Islander prospect Jesse Joensuu who scored two goals including the game-winner, which came on a shot in the slot with only 9 seconds remaining in the game.
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Top 10 Finnish Forwards

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Photo: Minnesota Wild prospect Mikael Granlund is the top NHL prospect currently playing in Finland. Granlund is widely considered one of the top players in the world not playing in North America. (Photo courtesy of Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)

Two centers and nine wingers currently comprise the contingent of forwards with NHL ties that skated in Finland's SM-Liiga this past season. The mix of forwards skating in Finland is a wide range offers a wide range of skill sets – with a few players that were high scorers in the junior level and others who are solid two-way players.

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HF Podcast: Preview of the U-18 WJC bronze medal game

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For the second time in the past three months, Canada finds itself taking part in the bronze medal game at a World Junior Championship, this time the Under-18 edition. Their opponents in this game, Finland, defeated Canada earlier in the tournament, so Canada may have an edge in terms of motivation.

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