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2018 IIHF Men's World Championship

Copenhagen & Herning, Denmark | May 4-20

The U.S. Men's National Team captured a bronze medal at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship that took place in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark, from May 4-20, 2018. 

Competing in Group B in Herning, the U.S. opened tournament play with six straight wins for the first time in U.S. history by defeating Canada (5-4, SOW), Denmark (4-0), Germany (3-0), Latvia (3-2, OT), Korea (13-1) and Norway (9-3). After a 6-2 setback against Finland on the final day of preliminary round play saw the U.S. finish second in Group B, the U.S. topped the Czech Republic, 3-2, in quarterfinal play. A 6-0 semifinal defeat to eventual champion Sweden saw the U.S. meet Canada in the bronze medal game, where it captured a 4-1 victory. The win marked the first time a U.S. team has ever defeated Canada twice in an IIHF Men's World Championship. 

The U.S., led by head coach Jeff Blashill (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.), captain Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y.) and alternate captains Connor Murphy (Dublin, Ohio) and Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) finished with a 6-2-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record as its eight total wins tied for the best-ever by a U.S. team in tournament play. The bronze medal win gave the U.S. its third bronze medal (2013, 2015, 2018) and fourth top-four finish in the last six IIHF Men's World Championships, a feat the country has not accomplished since medaling in three of the five tournaments it competed in from 1939-1950. 

Kane became the first-ever U.S. player to earn Tournament MVP honors and fourth-ever to receive Media All-Star Team recognition when he set U.S. single tournament records in both points (20) and assists (12). In 10 tournament games, he finished the tournament as the leading point scorer and tied for the tournament lead in assists while ranking second in goals (8).

2018 U.S. Roster

U.S. Statistics


Date Opponent Round Result Location
Tues., May 1 Denmark Exhibition W, 3-2 KVIK Hockey Arena
Herning, Denmark
Fri., May 4 Canada Preliminary W, 5-4 (SO) Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Sat., May 5 Denmark Preliminary W, 4-0 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Mon., May 7 Germany Preliminary W, 3-0 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Thurs., May 10 Latvia Preliminary W, 3-2 (OT) Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Fri., May 11 Korea Preliminary W, 13-1 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Sun., May 13 Norway Preliminary W, 9-3 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Tues., May 15 Finland Preliminary L, 2-6 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Thurs., May 17 Czech Republic Quarterfinals W, 3-2 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Sat., May 19 Sweden Semifinals L, 0-6 Royal Arena
Copenhagen, Denmark
Sun., May 20 Canada Bronze-Medal Game W, 4-1 Royal Arena
Copenhagen, Denmark

Tournament Awards

Award Player(s)
Tournament MVP Patrick Kane
Media All-Star Team Patrick Kane (Forward)
Top 3 U.S. Players Cam Atkinson (Forward)
Patrick Kane (Forward)
Keith Kinkaid (Goaltender)

Final Rankings

Rank Country
1 Sweden
2 Switzerland
3 United States
4 Canada
5 Finland
6 Russia
7 Czech Republic
8 Latvia
9 Slovakia
10 Denmark
11 Germany
12 France
13 Norway
14 Austria
15 Belarus
16 Korea

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U.S. Men's Worlds History

2018 Men's Worlds News