Photo: Team USA goaltender John Gibson was strong throughout the 2013 World Junior Championship, earning the tournament MVP award for his performance (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The United States claimed their first gold medal at the U-20 World Junior Championship since 2010, and just their third gold medal ever at this event after defeating reigning gold medalist Sweden, 3-1, in the WJC championship game.
Photo: University of North Dakota forward and Florida Panthers prospect Corban Knight had the hot scoring hand in the NCAA during the month of December (courtesy of Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMI)
With the first half of the 2012-13 season drawing to a close and the second half getting underway, there were plenty of prospect stories making the rounds in college hockey in December. Hockey’s Future takes a look back at the final month of the 2012 calendar year. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Dec. 31.
Photo: UMass Lowell goaltender Doug Carr has overcome an injury in his freshman year to become one of the more highly regarded goaltenders in NCAA hockey (courtesy of UMass Lowell Athletics)
After an injury-plagued freshman season, UMass Lowell goalie Doug Carr flew onto the scene for the River Hawks last season, and established himself as one of the top goalies at the collegiate level.
Photo: USA defenseman and Winnipeg Jets prospect Jacob Trouba capped off a fine showing at the 2013 WJC with a gold medal and tournament All-Star team selection (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
The USA completed their comeback from a poor showing at last year's U-20 World Junior Championship to win the gold medal at the 2013 edition of this event.
Photo: USA forward and Florida Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi poses with his gold medal after the USA's 3-1 win over Sweden at the 2013 World Juniors, a game in which Grimaldi netted two goals (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
While he no doubt would have preferred to have contributed more offense earlier in the tournament, USA forward Rocco Grimaldi could not have picked a better game to net his first two goals of the 2013 World Junior Championship.