Center Tyson Jost, an A-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list, was named Most Valuable Player after leading Canada West to a 2-1 victory against Russia in the gold medal game of the 2015 World Junior A Challenge at the Cobourg Community Centre in Ontario on Saturday.
Jost (5-foot-11, 191 pounds), who is committed to the University of North Dakota in 2016-17, scored the decisive goal in the championship game, and led the tournament in scoring with three goals and nine points in four games.
In his second season with the Penticton Vees in the British Columbia Hockey League, Jost has 24 goals and 61 points in 30 games. His Canadian Hockey League rights are held by the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League.
David Michaud, the director of player development for Penticton, said Jost has been a treat to watch this season.
"Tyson continues to impress, to be able to lead a completely new group of players to gold at an event like the World Junior A Challenge show the type of young man he is," Michaud told Kelownacapnews.com. "He deserves all of the attention and the accolades he's receiving this season, he's a special player and a special person. We are awfully excited to get him back in our lineup in Penticton and hopefully go on another long playoff run."
Canada West won the gold medal for the fourth time in the tournament's 10-year history.
The United States won the bronze medal after a 7-1 victory against Canada East on Friday.
It marked the ninth straight year that the United States medaled in the tournament. Left wing Max Zimmer (6-0, 185), a B-rated skater on Central Scouting's November players to watch list, had two goals in the victory and was named to the World Junior A Challenge All-Tournament Team.
Zimmer, who plays for Chicago in the United States Hockey League, had five goals and eight points in five tournament games. The native of Medina, Minn., who will attend the University of Wisconsin in 2017-18, has two goals and 12 points in 23 games for Chicago this season.