Canada wins 2016 IIHF World Championship

Photo: Andrea Cardin/HHOF-IIHF Images

Photo: Andrea Cardin/HHOF-IIHF Images

Canada defends their world title after defeating Finland 2-0 in the gold medal game at the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Russia on Sunday. This victory earns Canada its second consecutive gold medal; 26th all time, only one behind Russia and Soviet Union all-time for a combined 27 gold medals (Soviet Union – 22, Russia – 5).

Among that list of Canadians who are bringing back home the medal they went to Russia looking for is Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens. In 10 games played, the 5’9″ right winger had 2 goals and 3 assists, along with 12 penalty minutes in the tournament. Gallagher took 20 shots, one of which being a game winning goal.

After a 7-0-0-0 round robin performance for Finland, along with defeating Denmark and Russia in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively, their loss in the most important game of the tournament was their first and only one. Led by tournament MVP Patrik Laine, Finland had an incredible showing this year. This showing coming after their gold medal performances at the IIHF U-18 and World Juniors tournaments.

2016 IIHF World Championship All-Star Team (Media)
Goaltender: Mikko Koskinen (Finland) 1.13GAA / .947 Save Percentage / 1 Shutout
Defenders: Nikita Zaitsev (Russia) 1G + 3A & Mike Matheson (Canada) 2G + 4A
Forwards: Patrik Laine (Finland) 7G + 5A & Vadim Shipachyov (Russia) 6G + 12A &
Mikael Granlund (Finland) 4G + 8A

Tournament MVP: Patrik Laine (Finland)

Tournament MVP Patrik Laine is eligible for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He is typically
projected to go 2nd overall in the draft after Auston Matthews, a draft position which
the Winnipeg Jets currently hold. Not only did he make several highlight-reel plays, but
the 18-year old winger also finished fourth in the World Championships in points.

Photo: Wikipedia

Photo: Wikipedia

With Hungary and Kazakhstan relegating to the 2017 IIHF World Championships – Division I, Italy and Slovenia will be taking their place in the main tournament next year, which will be co-hosted by Paris, France and Cologne, Germany.

Montreal Canadiens at the 2016 IIHF World Championship

IIHF Worlds

Brendan Gallagher earned a gold medal in Canada’s win over Finland, while Alexei Emelin earned a bronze medal in Russia’s win over the United States, which includes Habs goaltender Mike Condon. Despite starting in several round robin games, Condon was the back up to Keith Kinkaid in the bronze medal game.

All About The Habs would like to congratulate not only Gallagher and Emelin on their medals, but also all nine players in the Montreal Canadiens system who accepted their invitations to the 2016 IIHF World Championships. You not only made Habs fans proud, but your respective countries as well.

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