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Adrian Kempe
Sweden: Fourth Place
Statistics: 7 GP, 4 G, 4 A, 8 Pts, 2 PIM, 0 Rating, 1 GWG, 4 PPG, 13 SOG
Tied-ninth, tournament scoring

Team Sweden v Team Finland

Quarterfinal2 - 2015 IIHF World Junior ChampionshipFrom the 6-3 quarterfinal win over Finland, courtesy of the Toronto Sun:

Los Angeles Kings first-rounder Adrian Kempe scored the Tre Kroner’s 12th man-advantage goal in five games, the decisive marker in a 6-3 quarterfinal victory before 14,440 that sets up another date with the Russians in the semis.

“Teams should be scared of our power play,” Kempe said with a grin. “Penalties like that — too many men, too — it’s tough on other teams when you score on those. It means a lot to beat the Finns after losing last year.

“We don’t like each other so much.”

Team Russia v Team Sweden

Russia v Sweden - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Alex Lintuniemi
Finland: Seventh Place
Statistics: 5 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 Pts, 2 PIM, -1 Rating, 3 SOG

Team Sweden v Team Finland

460995850From the 4-1 group play loss to Canada, courtesy of the Montreal Gazette:

Late in the third period, with his team down 4-1, Alex Lintuniemi laid a violent, but borderline legal, hit on Lazar as he skated across the Finnish blue line.

Even though the Canada would clearly win at this point, you could tell the hit rattled the young men. Lazar’s teammate Jake Virtanen skated directly at the Finnish defenceman and the boys actually started exchanging punches in the middle of an international hockey game — which, you should know, is considered a little gauche. But it was just that kind of game, a back and forth street fight.

Canada v Finland - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship


The difference is that the team that was dominant with the man advantage in 1984 was atrocious with the powerplay in 2015, and it was their downfall as the defending champs bowed out in the quarterfinals.

That being said, Lintuniemi wasn’t the one to blame for the powerplay failure, not spending much time on their top two units.

Much alike Cody Ceci when he played for the 67’s, Lintuniemi has a hard shot and can be effective on the powerplay, but his skill set isn’t conducive to quarterbacking one.

Finland v Slovakia - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Domanik Kubalik
Czech Republic: Sixth Place
Statistics: 5 GP, 1 G, 0 A, 1 Pts, 0 PIM, -3 Rating, 14 SOG

From the 4-1 win over Russia in group play, courtesy of Yahoo Sports:

The Czech Republic knew Wednesday night was a must-win situation in order to avoid relegation.

The team had a meeting prior to facing Russia at the world junior hockey championship and got the effort they’ve been looking for by defeating the Russians 4-1 to advance to the quarter-finals.

Patrik Zdrahal scored his first two goals of the tournament and David Pastrnak added three assists in the win.

The Czechs (2-2-0) will now face Slovakia in Friday’s quarter-final while Russia (2-2-0) will travel to Montreal to play the United States.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling because before the game, we were really low with our confidence because we didn’t play good. Today we actually played like a different team,” said Czech captain, Dominik Kubalik, a Los Angeles Kings’ prospect. “We have a better team than (the way) we played before.

“I think we showed it today. We played hard. That’s what we need.”

Final Medal Standings
Gold – Canada
Silver – Russia
Bronze – Slovakia
Fourth – Sweden
Fifth – United States
Sixth – Czech Republic
Seventh – Finland
Eighth – Denmark
Ninth – Switzerland
Tenth – Germany

Via, Individual Awards (selected by the directorate)
Best Goalkeeper: Denis Godla, Slovakia
Best Defenceman: Vladislav Gavrikov, Russia
Best Forward: Max Domi, Canada

Most Valuable Player (selected by the media)
Denis Godla, Slovakia

All-Star Team (selected by the media)
GK: Denis Godla, Slovakia
DE: Gustav Forsling, Sweden
DE: Josh Morrissey, Canada
FW: Sam Reinhart, Canada
FW: Max Domi, Canada
FW: Connor McDavid, Canada

Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.