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]
Championship Moments— CanadianHockeyLeague (@CHLHockey) May 27, 2019
For the first time in the @QMJHL’s 50 year history the #MemorialCup Presented by @KiaCanada title is celebrated by @HuskiesRn.
Captain Harvey-Pinard accepts the honour alongside overagers Neveu, Harvey, Abbandonato pic.twitter.com/MR0TNLaPwA
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]
They love Nathan MacKinnon here pic.twitter.com/tX17y7UoyU— Steve McLean (@SteveMcLean888) May 26, 2019
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.
So did I mention that Finland won the World Championships? Because they did, and they partied like crazy. [NHL dot com]
And the fans go wild as #Finland @Leijonat wins the ice hockey World Championships! If you're not at the #Helsinki market square, this is how insane it is with THOUSANDS of fans at 1am on Monday morning! #leijonat #mmkisat #MM2019 #IIHFWorlds #suomi pic.twitter.com/KzsBYiZR76— David Mac Dougall (@davidmacdougall) May 26, 2019
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.