The host Team Russia with seven current and former CHL players captured Bronze at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship with a 6-5 overtime win over Team Canada in Ufa.
Congratulations to the following Canadian Hockey League players on Team Russia:
Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec Remparts)
Nikita Kucherov (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Andrei Makarov (Saskatoon Blades)
Artem Sergeev (Val-d’Or Foreurs)
Daniil Zharkov (Belleville Bulls)
In addition, Alexander Khokhlachev is a former member of the Windsor Spitfires, and Nail Yakupov is a former member of the Sarnia Sting. An additional 15 players on Team Russia competed in the 2012 SUBWAY Super Series.
Canadian captain and former Red Deer Rebel Ryan Nugent-Hopkins capped off an impressive World Juniors with a goal and three assists to give him 15 points for the tournament, tied for the fourth best single-year performance in Team Canada history.
Ryan Murphy (Kitchener Rangers) had a goal and two assists and Jonathan Huberdeau (Saint John Sea Dogs) and Mark Scheifele (Barrie Colts) finished with a goal and a helper each for the Canadians, who outshot Russia 45-25 and did most of the damage on the power play, going four-for-five with the man advantage. Brett Ritchie (Niagara IceDogs) scored the other goal for Canada.
Yakupov was named Best Player for Russia with two goals.
Makarov earned the win in goal with 40 saves. Jordan Binnington (Owen Sound Attack) got the start for Canada allowing three goals on five shots before Malcolm Subban allowed three goals on 20 shots.
Entering this year, Canada had medalled at a record 14 consecutive IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010 and 2011 and bronze medals in 2000, 2001 and 2012.
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