POPRAD, SLOVAKIA - APRIL 18: Finland's Kristian Vesalainen #10 celebrates with his bench after scoring against Canada to make it 1-0 during preliminary round action at the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. (Photo by Andrea Cardin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
Three Americans named to all-star team
Ivan Chekhovich (RUS) joins USA and FIN players on all-star team.
Finland's Kristian Vesalainen, who led the tournament in goals (6) and points (13) was named MVP of the 2017 U18. All honours are as follows:
Most Valuable Player
Kristian Vesalainen (FIN)
Best Goaltender: Maxim Zhukov (RUS)
Best Defenceman: Miro Heiskanen (FIN)
Best Forward: Kristian Vesalainen (FIN)
Media All-Star Team
Goal: Dylan St. Cyr (USA)
Defence: Miro Heiskanen (FIN)
Defence: Maxwell Gidon (USA)
Forward: Kristian Vesalainen (FIN)
Forward: Sean Dhooghe (USA)
Forward: Ivan Chekhovich (RUS)
Total attendance for the 31 games at Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves exceeded 73,690, making it the 4th-highest mark in U18 history.
The 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey Men’s U18 World Championship will be held in Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk, April 19-29, 2018.
France won Division I-A and will play in Russia next year while Latvia lost the relegation series today and will play down in Division I-A next year.