LAS VEGAS - After a thrilling three-game Final series, a new World Champion has been crowned as Matthew 'Top-Shelf-Cookie' Gutkoski (TSC) captured the 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship™ tonight at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas. TSC accepted the championship trophy from NBC's Kathryn Tappen, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman handed over the $50,000 first prize check.
The all-American Final produced an instant classic with Gutkoski winning 3-0, (2-3) and 4-3 with his hometown Columbus Blue Jackets against John 'JohnWaynee' Casagranda. It also took TSC three games to defeat Mg x Nuclear, the Canadian champion, in his Semifinal series.
The 21-year-old from Lewis Center, Ohio, won the U.S. Regional Final in decisive fashion, going 6-0 in Regional qualifying games to lock up the second seed for the World Final. He also won the Blue Jackets 2019 LAN tournament and lost in the quarterfinal to JohnWaynee at the Red Wings Esports Face-Off.
Top-Shelf-Cookie and his fellow gamers will attend Wednesday's 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone.
2019 NHL Gaming World Championship Final Standings:
1. Matthew 'Top-Shelf-Cookie' Gutkoski
2. John 'JohnWaynee' Casagranda
3. Karl 'Mg x Nuclear' Caslib
4. Erik 'Eki' Tammenpää
5. Hannes 'Hansulinho' Kettunen
6. Matthew 'Yung Gren' Grenier
Fans can re-watch the 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship Final in the coming days on the following platforms:
• NBC Sports: NBCSN will present coverage of the NHL Gaming World Championship™ Final immediately following the network's coverage of the 2019 NHL Draft this Friday, June 21, at 11:30 p.m. ET.
• Sportsnet: The 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship™ Final will debut on Sportsnet on Friday, June 21, at 4 p.m. ET, with replays scheduled for Saturday, June 22 at 12 p.m. ET (Sportsnet One) and 7 p.m. ET (Sportsnet 360) as well as Sunday, June 23, at 9 p.m. ET (Sportsnet 360).
• Twitch: Visit www.twitch.tv/NHL to watch the World Final matches.