Congratulations goes out to Sweden for winning the 2013 IIHF World Hockey Championship.
But seriously, what's up with the gold helmets?!
Sweden downed the surprising Swiss team 5-1 in the championship game. Sweden was powered by their impressive power play led by Henrik and Daniel Sedin with Loui Eriksson. Henrik was named to the tournament all star team with 9 points even though he played in only four games. Goaltender Jhonas Enroth was named as the tournament's best goaltender.
Here's the video highlights:
Switzerland's Cinderella run may have ended with a loss in the final game of the season, but they should be very proud of their best showing in decades. Roman Josi was named as the tournaments Most Valuable Player, the first time a Swiss player was named MVP. The Nashville Predators' defenseman scored 4 goals and 9 points in 10 games to pace Switzerland. He and countryman Julian Vauclair were named to the All Star Team on defense.
USA won the bronze medal, downing the Finns 3-2 thanks to Alex Galchenyuk's winning goal in the shootout. For the Americans, who were led by young goaltending standout John Gibson, it was their 17th World Championship medal of all time.
Finland’s Petri Kontiola was named Best Forward as he led all scorers with 8 goals and 16 points in 10 games. He was joined on the All-Star Team by USA’s Paul Stastny and Sweden’s Henrik Sedin.
Not sure when it started, but the golden helmets have been a tradition in Swedish hockey for years. This might have been the first time the national team used them already in the arena, since it was at home.
The 2012 World Junior Hockey champions meeting the Swedish crowd back in Sweden: http://static.webbsporten.se/images/thumbnails/junior-vm-vinnare-ishockey-2012-12-03-183558-p1.jpg
Mats Näslund from 1992: http://www.swehockey.se/ImageVaultFiles/id_1408/cf_34/15885Mif01.JPG
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