- Other countries are catching up with the regular hockey powers - Germany won their preliminary group, and Norway made it into the playoff round.
- Your 2011 Leading Scorer - Jarkko Immonen of Finland with 9 goals and 3 assists.
- This was the official song of the tournament - Kristina - Life is a Game, but we really only ever heard this DJ Otzi Hey Baby! song
- Belarus and Latvia escaped relegation to the Division 1 tournament, which would have been huge setbacks to those nations, but someone has to get sent down and this year its Slovenia and Austria.
- On that note, Italy and Kazakhstan will be in the World Championship's next year after winning their pools in Division 1.
- Did you know that through 5 games, Alex Ovechkin failed to register a single point.
- After a point-per-game performance at the tournament and earning best forward as selected by the Directorate, Jaromir Jagr and the NHL rumours are swirling.
- Former NHLers, Pavol Demitra an Jozef Stumpel of Slovakia, had the best faceoff percentages in the tournament with 70% and 68.18% respectively.
- Best goalie in the tournament - Viktor Fasth - posted a 1.74 GAA, a .945 SV% and 3 shutouts on his way to leading Sweden to a silver medal.
- Canada slips 2 spots in the World Rankings to 4th, with Russia retaining 1st, Finland jumping 3 spots to 2nd, and Sweden holding down the 3rd spot.
- Throughout the tournament, the IIHF website provided their own Power Rankings with terrible jokes and puns about the progress of teams at the Championships (Example: USA, 8th - Palin still contemplating run for USA Hockey presidency).
- Powerplay specialists Latvia had the #1 ranked powerplay in the tournament with 8 man-advantage goals and a 27.59%.
- Apparently Europeans don't appreciate the North America style of play as Canada and USA sat 10th and 11th respectively for average attendance throughout the tournament.
- And finally, your Goal of the Tournament by 2010 9th overall draft pick Mikael Granlund:
Monday, May 16, 2011
Wrapping Up The Worlds
It's been an eventful two weeks in Slovakia at the World Hockey Championships and it all came to end last night with a Finland Gold Medal. While not always a top calibre player tournament, it is always a fun watch as you're always guaranteed a few surprises. Here are some stats and facts from the tournament you might have missed:
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