Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass.) scored twice and Keith Kinkaid (Farmingville, N.Y.) made 24 saves as the 2018 U.S. Men's National Team defeated Canada, 4-1, to win the bronze medal at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship.
“I said all tournament, even when the games didn’t go our way, that our effort was there and I’m proud our group was rewarded here tonight,” said Jeff Blashill, head coach of the 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team. “Medals are important for our country and for USA Hockey. We have volunteers, coaches and staff all throughout the country that have played a role in helping our players and staff get to this level and this bronze medal is for them. It wasn’t the medal we had hoped for, but we’ve pushed USA Hockey further and it’s only a matter of time before we win gold.”
The win gives the United States (6-2-0-2/W-OTW-OTL-L) its third bronze medal (2013, 2015, 2018) and fourth top-four finish in 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 NAMED TOURNAMENT MVP, MEDIA ALL-STAR
U.S. captain Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y.) was named Tournament MVP of the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship here in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the first-ever U.S. player to earn Tournament MVP honors. In addition, Kane was named to the Media All-Star Team, becoming the fourth U.S. player to earn all-star honors after Carl Wetzel (1967), Seth Jones (2014) and Connor Hellebuyck (2015).
In 10 tournament games, Kane set U.S. single tournament records in both points (20) and assists (12) as he finished the tournament as the leading point scorer and tied for the tournament lead in assists. In addition, Kane led the U.S. in goals with eight, which finished tied for second most among all skaters.
CHELIOS INDUCTED INTO IIHF HALL OF FAME
Today, Chris Chelios (Downers Grove, Ill.) was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame as a member of its Class of 2018. Chelios is the 23rd American to be enshrined into the IIHF Hall of Fame.
One of only two male players to represent the United States at four Olympic Winter Games (1984, 1988, 2002, 2006), he also participated in three Canada Cups (1984, 1987, 1991), and two World Cups of Hockey (1996, 2004). He first skated on the international stage when he competed on the U.S. National Junior Team at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 1982.
Representing his country 10 times internationally, he totaled 23 points (5-18) in 60 games played while helping the U.S. win the inaugural 1996 World Cup of Hockey and captaining Team USA to a silver medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
A three-time Stanley Cup champion, Chelios holds the record for most games played by a defenseman in NHL history (1,651), after completing 26 seasons in the NHL. Since retirement, Chelios most recently served as an assistant coach for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team after fulfilling the same role for the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team at the IIHF World Junior Championship, helping them capture a bronze medal.