Mark Stone named MVP at 2019 Ice Hockey World Championship

By: Frank Harnish

The Vegas Golden Knights that went over to Slovakia to play in the 2019 Ice Hockey World Championship Tournament did themselves proud with their performances. All four VGK players ended up winning medals in the tournament.

VGK Forward Mark Stone was named the MVP of the tournament helping Canada win the Silver Medal. Stone had three game winning goals for Canada and led them with 8G, 6A and a team leading 14 points. Stone appeared to be on the ice for almost every big moment and he delivered in a big way. Defenseman Shea Theodore had 2G and 5A for 7 points and scored the only goal for Canada in the Gold Medal game. Theodore took the puck near the blue line and knifed through several Finnish players before snapping a wrist shot past Goaltender Kevin Lankinen to put Canada up 1-0 in the first period. Unfortunately for Canada it would be their only goal of the game as Finland would score the next three for the 3-1 win and the Gold Medal. Jonathan Marchessault also played well for Canada. He was the team’s fourth highest scorer with 3G and 7A for 10 Points in the tournament.

Many people felt that Russia and Canada would meet in the Gold Medal game and VGK newcomer Nikita Gusev did all he could to make that a reality. He tied Nikita Kucherov for the most points for Russia scoring 16 points with 4G and 12A. Gusev has yet to play a game for the Golden Knights but he showed that he is a world class player with his outstanding play throughout the tournament. Unfortunately for Russia Finland was able to shut down their high powered offense beating them 1-0 in the Semi Finals. Russia did bounce back and beat the Czech Republic in the Bronze Medal game. Gusev scored the Game Winning Goal in a shoot out to secure third place and the Bronze for Russia.

Finland was a long shoot going into the tournament but they earned the Gold. They defeated Canada 3-1 to open the tournament but many people assumed that was because Canada hadn’t really played together yet and that Finland was the inferior team. Many thought if they faced off again the outcome would be different but as the Fins showed it was exactly the same result winning the Gold Medal Game by the identical 3-1 score.

Finland only had two NHL players on their roster but they played well together and goaltender Kevin Lankinen was sensational in the final two games shutting out Russia and only allowing one goal to Canada. Lankinen plays for the Rockford IceHogs the AHL affiliate for the Chicago Blackhawks. With numerous injuries to Goalie Corey Crawford the last few seasons, Kevin Lankinen might be on the fast track to the NHL after is performance in Slovakia. The Hawks need goaltending help and Lankinen just beat two of the best teams in the world his last two starts. Time will tell.

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