Team Sweden won the world hockey championship

© RIA Novosti / Alexey Kodinkoneet of the Swedish national team celebrating the championship, 22 mayTeam Sweden won the world hockey championship© RIA Novosti / Alexey kudenko

Team Sweden won the world hockey championship, held in Cologne and Paris, winning his first since 2013’s gold medal and not allowing the Canadians to catch up with the national team of the USSR/Russia by number of victories (27). The Russian team for the second consecutive year won the bronze medal.

Sweden in the finals with the final score 2:1 after the penalty shootout victory over team Canada. In the match for third place, the Russians beat the Finns – 5:3. The tournament was held from 5 to 21 may.

Case in Gemini

«The last time Sweden won the world Cup, the team was the twins (Henrik and Daniel) Gray, therefore, the fact that our team are now playing the twins (JUEL and Henrik) Lundqvist is a good sign ahead of the finals. No, I do not confuse them. For me, JUEL — model of professionalism, and Henrik is probably the best goalkeeper in the world», — said the head coach of the Swedes Rikard, Granborg the day before the final game.

And he was right — the Swedes won the first 2013 gold medal in the world championship in a bitter struggle only in the penalty shootout win over the Canadians, winners of the previous two tournaments.

The Swedes initially attributed to the number of the main favorites of the tournament. Already in the initial request they made of 16 players from the NHL, and in the course of the world championship in Cologne came to be eliminated from the fight for the Stanley Cup goalie Henrik Lundqvist, forwards Oscar Lindberg (both «new York Rangers») and Nicklas Backstrom (Washington). While Lundqvist came to the world Cup for the first time since 2008.

Silver medal for the Canadians was won by defender Chris Lee — the second ever player to reach the team Canada at the world championship of the NHL (played in Magnitogorsk «Metallurgist»). Previously, the only was defender Joel Kwiatkowski, who played five matches at the world championship 2009 after a season in Cherepovets «Severstal».

If the tournament has played seven matches, making two assists. Hockey player, by his own admission, hopes after the tournament to receive an offer from the NHL.

The success of the Finns, the failure of Americans

National team of Finland, which seemed destined to become the biggest upset of the tournament, in the end, you can recognize her important discovery. Finns hardly out of the group, finishing in fourth place, just a point behind the French but in the quarterfinals unexpectedly beat the winner of the Cologne group — team USA (2:0).

Belarusians were close to that for the first time since 2004 to be outside the elite. Close enough that after four defeats at the start of the tournament, the head of the hockey Federation of Belarus (FHB) Igor raczkowski said that he would resign in the event of departure. However, in the fifth game, the Belarusians took their first point at the tournament, losing to the French in the penalty shootout (3:4), and then in the main game of the tournament, which was determined by leaving the top division team beat Slovenia 5:2.the

Nevertheless, on 20 may it became known that raczkowski on the report-elective conference of Federation of hockey of Belarus resigned, and his place by a majority of votes elected Semyon Shapiro.

The sympathy of their own fans with his play in the tournament caused the French team, just one point behind team Finland. The best player in the French was Stephane Da Costa — who played the last three seasons in CSKA forward in six matches has thrown six washers and four times assisted partners. Hockey player does not hide that considers the possibility of returning to the NHL and, according to the Agency «R-Sport», the player is interested in joining the League next season, «Vegas Golden knights».

The teams of Italy and Slovenia, which became the last in groups A and b, respectively, leave the elite division and will not compete at the next world championship in the Danish cities of Copenhagen and Herning. Tickets for the 2018 world Cup at the end of April myself booked the teams of Austria and South Korea, for the first time qualified to the elite division.

Facts and figures the 2017 world Championships

After nine days of play the world championship in Cologne and Paris surpassed the attendance of last year’s tournament in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg (417414). The first 42 matches visited 431040 spectators and the total attendance of the tournament was 686391 the viewer (10725 — average per game).

The organizers set a goal to reach 600 million viewers, and it was achieved after the quarterfinal matches. Championship in Cologne and Paris became the second in the history of attendance for the hockey world Cup, a record still belongs to Prague and Ostrava (741700 man in 2015).

The best scorer of the tournament became the Russian national team forward Artemy Panarin, who scored in 9 games with 17 points (4 goals and 13 assists).

The most valuable player of the tournament was named the Swede William Nylander. In addition to his all-star team included the goalkeeper of Russians Andrey Vasilevskiy, defenders Colton Parayko (Canada) and Dennis Seidenberg (Germany), and Russia striker Artem Panarin and canadian forward Nathan MacKinnon. The Directorate of the world championship recognized as the best players of the tournament Vasilevsky, Seidenberg, and Panarin.