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2018 MWC Notebook: May 20

05/20/2018, 3:00am EDT

U.S. goes for bronze against Canada at 9:45 a.m. ET; Chelios inducted into IIHF Hall of Fame

The 2018 U.S. Men's National Team is in Denmark for the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship, which runs through May 20 in both Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark.

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May 20

Day 22

The U.S. Men's National Team meets Canada tonight in the bronze medal game of the 2018 IIHF Men's World Championship here in Copenhagen, Denmark. Puck drop is set for 3:45 p.m. local time (9:45 a.m. ET) at the Royal Arena and will be televised live in the U.S. exclusively on NHL Network.

The United States is 4-4 in eight previous bronze medal games in the IIHF Men's World Championship. The IIHF has used various formats over its history, including round robin, double round robin and round-robin medal play among the most common. All-time, the United States has claimed seven bronze medals in the world championship. Of those six, two have come by virtue of the medal being determined by standings.

After its semifinal loss yesterday, the IIHF announced Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y.), Cam Atkinson (Riverside, Conn.) and Keith Kinkaid (Farmingville, N.Y.) were named the top 3 U.S. players of the tournament. In nine games, Kane has registered a U.S. single tournament record 19 points and 11 assists while earning Player of the Game honors three times. Atkinson, who scored both shootout goals in the 5-4 win over Canada on May 4 as well as the overtime winner versus Latvia on May 10, ranks second on Team USA in both points (11) and goals (7). Kinkaid, Team USA's starting netminder in eight of its nine games, holds a 6-2 record that includes his 40 save performance against Canada as well as back-to-back shutouts (4-0 vs. Denmark, 3-0 vs. Germany). 

Six members of Team USA have skated or coached in an IIHF Men's World Championship bronze medal game. Among them are five skaters, including Nick Bonino (2015 bronze), Keith Kinkaid (2016 fourth), Dylan Larkin
(2015 bronze; 2016 fourth), Anders Lee (2015 bronze) and Connor Murphy (2015 bronze; 2016 fourth), as well as assistant coach Dan Bylsma (2015 bronze).
    Additionally seven members of Team USA are previous IIHF bronze medal winners, including Alex DeBrincat (2016 WJC), Quinn Hughes (2018 WJC), Patrick Kane (2007 WJC), Chris Kreider (2011 WJC), Charlie McAvoy (2016 WJC), Sonny Milano (2016 WJC) and Colin White (2016 WJC).

Since 2010, a number of players skating in today's game have experienced memorable medal games between the United States and Canada. In the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal game, Chris
(Boxford, Mass.) scored Team USA's first goal of the game in a back-and-forth affair that ultimately saw John Carlson (Colonia, N.J.) net the game-winner to secure a 6-5 overtime win for Team USA. One month later, Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y.) and the United States met Canada in the gold medal game of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games where Zach Parise (Minneapolis, Minn.) scored in the final minute to force overtime before falling, 3-2. Most recently, Charlie McAvoy (Long Beach, N.Y.), Tage Thompson (Milford, Conn.) and Colin White (Hanover, Mass.) met Canada in the gold medal game of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, another back-and-forth affair that ended with Troy Terry (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) scoring the shootout winner and Tyler Parsons (Chesterfield, Mich.) stopping all five Canadian shooters for a 5-4 U.S. overtime shootout win. White scored the game's tying goal in the third period to force overtime and McAvoy, with a goal and an assist, was named the U.S. Player of the Game.

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.

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Date Opponent Round Time (Local/ET)/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

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