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Nine LA Kings Medal at IIHF Men's Worlds; Petersen Named Best Goaltender

Team Canada won the tournament, while Team USA placed third

by LA Kings @LAKings /

The 2021 IIHF World Championship came to a close on Sunday as seven LA Kings players earned a medal for their respective countries.

Sean Walker, Jaret Anderson-Dolan, and Gabriel Vilardi took home a Gold medal for Team Canada, Olli Maatta and Kim Nouisianen won Silver for Team Finland, and Matt Roy, Cal Petersen, Trevor Moore, and Christian Wolanin earned a Bronze medal for Team USA. 

After a rough start to the tournament, the Canadians beat Team Finland 3-2 in overtime, becoming the first team to ever win the tournament after losing their first three games.


Tweet from @TSNHockey: Congratulations to the 2021 champions Team Canada 🇨🇦 and many thanks to the host city of Riga and the organizers for hosting a safe and exciting Men���s #IIHFWorlds!See you at the #IIHF World Women���s Hockey Championship in Calgary, Aug. 20-31!#TSNHockey

Tweet from @LAKings: Congratulations to Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Gabriel Vilardi, and Sean Walker!

The US defeated Germany 6-1 to place third, thanks to the outstanding play by Cal Petersen, who was named Best Goaltender in the tournament. 

Petersen becomes the fourth-ever U.S. player to earn Best Goaltender honors and eighth-ever U.S. player to earn a directorate honor while Garland becomes the fifth-ever U.S. player named to the Media All-Star Team. He was also named one of Team USA's top three players of the world championship after finishing the event with a 5-2 (W-L) record, 1.29 goals-against-average and .953 save percentage.

Petersen's performance in goal ranks among the best-ever by a U.S. netminder. His goals-against-average ranks second-best ever by a U.S. goaltender in a single IIHF Men's World Championship and trails only the 1.13 GAA effort by Ed Maki in 1939.

Tweet from @usahockey: 🗣 SPEEEEECH, @CalPetersen40! #MensWorlds

Tweet from @usahockey: This team. ������That's a wrap on the 2021 #MensWorlds! 🇺🇸

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