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Burns Named Best Defenseman at IIHF Worlds

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

PRAGUE, CZ - Jaromir Jagr (Florida Panthers) was voted most valuable player at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, the last tournament the 43-year-old forward says he’ll play in for the Czech Republic.

Jagr had six goals and three assists in 10 games for the host Czechs, who lost 3-0 to the United States on Sunday in the bronze-medal game.

In addition to choosing Jagr as MVP, the media voted Jagr, U.S. goalie Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets), Canada defenseman Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks), Sweden defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona Coyotes), Canada forward Jason Spezza (Dallas Stars) and Canada forward Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers) to the Worlds all-star team.

Spezza’s 14 points (eight goals) led the tournament, and Hall had seven goals and five assists for Canada, which went undefeated (10-0-0-0) and won the gold medal with a 6-1 victory against Russia on Sunday.

Hellebuyck was 7-1-0-0 with a 1.37 goals-against average and .948 save percentage.

The tournament directorate selected Finland’s Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators) as best goalie, Burns as best defenseman and Spezza as best forward.

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