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Canada v Finland: Final - 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Slovakia
BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - MAY 26: Kevin Lankinen #30, goaltender of Finland celebrates after winning the gold medal game over Canada during the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Slovakia final game between Canada and Finland at Ondrej Nepela Arena on May 26, 2019 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
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The Avs

Two major spring tournaments concluded on Sunday in the world of hockey. First, the CHL Memorial Cup was handed out to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL following a 4-2 win over the host team Halifax Mooseheads. [Sportsnet]

Halifax grad and Colorado Avalanche center, Nathan MacKinnon, was in the building to cheer on his teenage team that he won the Memorial Cup with way back in 2013. When he was introduced to the crowd, he straight up brought the house down. [Halifax Today]

The other tournament that concluded was the IIHF Men’s Hockey World Championships. Nikita Zadorov and Team Russia beat the Czech Republic 3-2 in a shootout to take home the bronze medal. Zadorov ended the tournament with one assist and 14 penalty minutes in nine games skating as the 6/7 defenseman for the team.

Russia lost on Saturday to the eventual gold medal-winning Finns, who beat Tyson Jost and Canada in the Championship game. Jost had two assists in eight games for his country skating on the fourth line with Adam Henrique and World Juniors teammate Mathieu Joseph.

At the site, Tom argues that draft picks are a commodity that could let a team like the Avalanche with a lot of options exploit those options better. [Mile High Hockey]

Colorado Avalanche draft picks:

First round - 4th overall

First round - 16th overall

Second round - 47th overall

Third round - 63rd overall

Third round - 78th overall

Fifth round - 140th overall

Sixth round - 171st overall

Seventh round - 202nd overall

On Twitter, the Avalanche are sharing the highlights from each player on the team. Sunday was Big Ol’ Carl Soderberg’s turn. He celebrated a lot this season, notching 23 goals and 49 points this season. Three of which came in the same game (against the Maple Leafs), his first night of that kind in his career.

The Game

So did I mention that Finland won the World Championships? Because they did, and they partied like crazy. [NHL dot com]

DAMN YOU DRAFT LOTTERY!!! DAMNNNN YOUUUUUU!!!!! *Ahem* nah, I’m cool. I’m cool. Kirby Dach has a cool name or something.

Highlight of the Night: Dmytro Timashov made a pretty slick move in the Calder Cup semi-finals. His Toronto Marlies lost the game and series later that night in double overtime, though. So, awks.