WRAP-UP: 2017 IIHF World Championship

IIHF World Championship

Photo: Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images

The 2017 IIHF World Championship wrapped up on Sunday after 64 games over 17 days. The tournament was co-hosted by Paris, France and Cologne, Germany where there was a total tournament attendance of 686,391.

On Sunday, Russia defeated Finland in the bronze medal game 5-3 to earn their ninth overall bronze medal (fourth as Russia). After a 4-0 lead, Finland began a massive comeback late in the second period to come within one goal before Nikita Kucherov put a stop to the Finnish momentum.

Later in the day, Canada and Sweden played an incredibly tight game in front of a crowd of 17,363 in Cologne. Victor Hedman opened the scoring late in the second period with a shorthanded goal for Sweden. However, the lead would not last long as Ryan O’Reilly capitalized on the powerplay to tie the game. A 20 minute overtime was not enough to solve the tie, so the game was unfortunately decided in a shootout. All four Canadian shooters were stopped by Henrik Lundqvist, while goals from Niklas Backstrom and Oliver Ekman-Larsson secured a gold medal victory.

In 76 total competitions, Sweden now has earned 10 gold and 36 total medals. Canada’s silver would be the 13th of its kind and their 49th medal overall.

With only a single point each, Slovenia and Italy will be relegated from the tournament to the Division I level in 2018. Austria and South Korea will replace them with their promotions to the 2018 IIHF World Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Final Standings
GOLD – Sweden
SILVER Canada
BRONZE – Russia
4th – Finland
5th – United States
6th – Switzerland
7th – Czech Republic
8th – Germany
9th – France
10th – Latvia
11th – Norway
12th – Denmark
13th – Belarus
14th – Slovakia
RELEGATED – Slovenia
RELEGATED – Italy

Awards
Best Goaltender selected by the tournament directorate: Andrei Vasilevski (Russia)
Best Defenceman selected by the tournament directorate: Dennis Seidenberg (Germany)
Best Forward selected by the tournament directorate: Artemi Panarin (Russia)
MVP selected by the media: William Nylander (Sweden)
All Star Team selected by the media:
Goaltender: Andrei Vasilevski (Russia)
Defence: Colton Parayko (Canada) & Dennis Seidenberg (Germany)
Forward: William Nylander (Sweden) & Artemi Panarin (Russia) & Nathan MacKinnon (Canada)

Habs at the 2017 IIHF World Championship

Tomas Plekanec

Plekanec played in all eight competitions with the Czech Republic this year. He was held to no points, with a stats-line of 4 penalty minutes, +2 plus/minus rating and 11 shots on goal. This is the second time in the 34 year olds career that he was held off the scoreboard at the IIHF World Championship. However, when it last happened in 2015, he only played two games.

The Czech Republic finished in seventh place among 16 teams with a 3-2-0-3 record. They clinched a spot in the playoff round, but was shutout 3-0 by Russia in the quarterfinals.

Jakub Jerabek

Jerabek, the newest member of the Canadiens organization, had a decent performance at the IIHF World Championship. In eight games, the defenceman recorded two assists. He was played in a more defensive role with a +2 plus/minus rating and only five shots. Jerabek’s assists came against Belarus and Norway.

Andreas Martinsen

Martinsen participated in seven games with Norway at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. With a goal and an assist, he finished 7th on the team in points. Martinsen finished the tournament with 6 penalty minutes and 12 shots on goal.

Norway was eliminated in the group stage with a 2-0-2-3 record (11th place), but avoided relegation. Norway will return to the top division of the IIHF World Championship in 2018 for the 13th consecutive year.


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One Response to WRAP-UP: 2017 IIHF World Championship

  1. IIHF needs to do something to decide the Gold Medal besides a shoot out.
    No tournament should be decided by a skills completion, both teams need to play sudden-death overtime periods until a winner is decided. This was a great tournament that was ruined by the deciding format in the Gold Medal Game.This method is totally unfair to the player playing,the fans watching and the Counties they represent

    Phil Turnbull May 22, 2017 at 1:33 pm Reply

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