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Team USA wins World Junior gold, beats Sweden 3-1

Jan 5, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

Rocco Grimaldi

Team USA’s quest for gold is fulfilled.

The United States took out defending champion Sweden 3-1 in the gold medal game of the World Junior Championships to win their first gold since 2010. Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi scored twice and fellow Florida prospect Vince Trocheck iced it with an empty net goal late in the third to seal the game.

Ducks prospect goalie John Gibson played strong once again in goal stopping 26 shots on his way to earning the tournament’s MVP award. Gibson is the first goalie to be named MVP since 2008 when Canada’s Steve Mason took those honors.

All in all, four Team USA players landed on the all-tournament team with Gibson, Jacob Trouba (Winnipeg), Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary), and Jake McCabe (Buffalo) earning honors. Canada’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sweden’s Filip Forsberg (Washington) were also named to the team.

  1. somekat - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:53 AM


  2. sportsfan69 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    USA! USA!

  3. acieu - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Oh Canada 😦
    Congratulations USA

  4. ducksk - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    USA boys rock the hockey universe!

  5. jaredo10 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    USA all day.. finally some positive hockey news

  6. bmoreredfury311 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Way to go boys! great win over a great team, it was nice to watch some good old hockey for once.

    Team USA has some great talent coming up through NCAA and CHL etc. Like #3 Seth Jones, is going to be a awesome d-man, with a little more work and weight but the way he puts his body between the puck and the attacker shows his dads Basketball skills. I don’t know his name but #13 and #23 Grimaldi MAN they look like little Martin St.Louis. I would to have them on my team… It gives me some hope for the future, but still one major thing that needs fixing and we all now what that is….

    USA USA!!!

    • bmoreredfury311 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:21 AM


    • somekat - Jan 5, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      There is no such things a a “little Martin St.Louis”

      Unless it is some type of “mini-me” experiment

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      Seth Jones could become one of the best two-way dmen in the league, and Gibson is should be a real talent in the NHL as well. Certainly wouldn’t mind having those two guys on the back end of my team.

  7. hy3rid28 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    damn this worked out perfectly US takes gold and Canada walks home empty handed… USA

    • badintent - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      U got that right ! But Montreal can have a fake Hockey riot ! They’ll shovel 5 feet of snow on top of cop cars instead of burning them.Screw the Bloc !

  8. wildcatwr36 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Sioux Yea YEa!! Nice work Grimaldi

  9. 950003cups - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    It’s so cool watching all these American kids play great. Then I realized that just one is a Devil and the rest will give me ulcers for years to come.

  10. spongebobsportspants - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Congrats to the US. Suck it Russia!

    • badintent - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      Nice post ! But easy on Pultin, he’s drunk and has the red botton briefcase near him.LOL

  11. ironmike778 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Great game. Congrats!

  12. cspsrbums - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Hockey America’s Sport

  13. joeyashwi - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Nice job guys!

  14. macjacmccoy - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Suck it Canada.

  15. girouxvy - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Way to go U.S.A.!!! The smiles on those boys faces while they sang our anthem was priceless!!!

  16. bricktop02 - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Congrats team USA!!! That was some great hockey you gave us. I almost wish the tournament wasn’t over.

  17. ducksk - Jan 5, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    No gold for oh oh Canada In 4 yrs. at Jr.’s. No Stan cup up there in going on 20 years. Maybe it’s time to start respecting the rest of the hockey world Don Cherry.

  18. truwarier90 - Jan 5, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    this tournament was BS, how do you have nugent-hopkins on your rosters and not win a gold, let alone a medal….period.

    Get rid of the hockey canada setup, the’yre ruining the game with the overhyping of talent and nicholson always being a media whore, get a low key guy like ken holland to run the damn thing, get a full-time junior coach, that would scout talent year-round, and also scout the other european teams. This team canada was a joke, so undisplined and outta control, and to blame subban is a joke, malcolm did what he could, patrick roy in his prime couldn’t save this team. Amyways congrats to team usa, seth jones is a beast and will be the next pronger.

  19. shortsxit34 - Jan 5, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    You want to scout European teams for players to play for Team Canada?

  20. truwarier90 - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    no i want a full-time junior coach for canada to scout other teams, so that canada is more prepared, hockey canada is too corporate and not a team, they always pick a the world juniors coach to be some company yes-man that will be business-like in front of the cameras. The junior national team needs to be run by a professional like kenny holland, and have an old school hard-ass coach like Scotty Bowman.

  21. dufferin101 - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    @ ducksk…… A few points:

    USA did have a great team this year.

    9 of the USA players play in the CHL, so maybe you should be thanking Canada.

    You forgot to mention Olympic Gold….oh wait, that was Canada that won.

    Also, take a look at the rosters of Stanley Cup winning teams and notice where most of the players are from.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 5, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      Yup. We produce the most players and the best players. I like how so many people disagree with your comment, probably because it’s 100% true:

      Kings – 13 Canadians on their playoff roster.
      Bruins – 16 Canadians on theirs.
      Hawks – 13 Canadians.
      Pens – 11 plus their goalie.

    • badgerhockey77 - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      Typical bitter Canadian! WHY should USA be thanking Canada??? USA doesn’t owe Canada $hit! So, by that logic…every time USA accomplishes something in hockey…we should bow down and praise mighty Canada??? These were AMERICAN born kids who learned to play hockey in AMERICA!!! Nine USA players from CHL teams!? What difference does that make? Should all those Canadian players on the Bruins be thanking America for their Stanley Cup? Because, you know…they are playing in America right!? Of course not! Doesn’t make much sense does it?! USA hockey accomplishments are purely AMERICAN!!! Deal with it. And, Canadians should stop talking trash about their Olympic gold in 2010. If anything, you should all be embarrassed. It took you O.T. on HOME ICE to beat a country that enjoys playing horseshoe, darts, and pingpong more than hockey. Yea, Canada is SOOOOO dominant in hockey eh!?

    • badintent - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      I have looked at the rosters, they make up most of the 2nd ,3rd and 4th lines, or stratches. The Swedes , Finns, Russians and Chezs make up most of the Scorers /and assist leaders. Ever hear of the Sendin Twins ??
      So we can put theCHL USA players in the AHL, whooppee
      Yes, Crosby’s flunk goal between the post and the USA’s goalie knee won a super tight game that could have gone either way.USA beat a tough Russian team that had already beat the Beavertails to reach the Final, you got to played some softie in the semi.
      But your junior team did set new suspension records for goon shots that will stand for years. Congrats.

  22. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Loving all the Americans coming out of the woodwork to revel in winning a tourny they said doesn’t matter when it started. Same thing every year they win something. Maybe you should string a few wins together before you talk too much, eh?

    • badgerhockey77 - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Hey Canada…try being good at something else besides just hockey and then you won’t get so upset when your team loses!

  23. ducksk - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Great points. It’s time for change. USA kids can play with any in world. No need to send them North And most importantly, the NCAA and coaches needs to wake up And realize it. Stop this ridicules screwing of USA kids being shut out of USA colleges for scholarships so they can be filled with USA kids. The only thing USA needs is better youth coaches, you got us there. By the way check out u of MN roster. Hockey is not your sport. Belongs to the world. As for Olympic gold, didn’t Sid the kid come to play in US at shattyck? He did. Sorry, poor loser. At least have all the cups in Toronto and Montreal earned when there was a massive 6 teams in the league. USA USA get used to it. Tough pill, hey loonies?

  24. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Nah, hockey is still ours.

  25. tyn27 - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Yea I don’t think us Americans should be putting down Canada just because we won gold this year. They’re still a little above us in hockey but from a year to year basis it differs. And plus of we were the best a hockey, that would mean we’d be the best at pretty much every sport that matters. Look at all the Olympic Games, US always leads the medal count for overall and gold, summer and winter. We have by far the best professional leagues in the world. And other people want to come o our country to play cause we are the only ones smart enough to organize all these leagues.
    The US is simply the best overall country at sports and its not even close.

  26. ducksk - Jan 5, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Amen USA

  27. buffalomafia - Jan 5, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Salute! USA!

  28. pastabelly - Jan 5, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Not much of a talent gap between US and Canada. Geadreau and his line got hot and the US rode a hot goalie to the championship. That’s the difference.

  29. jimw81 - Jan 5, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    they won it with mostly college players. usa is going to be a hockey powerhouse very soon.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      Funny, I heard the same thing a lot when they won in 2010. Still waiting….

  30. ducksk - Jan 5, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Who cares how many Canucks in the bigs? That # drops every year. We got gold. Don cherry will eat more and more crow…’s it taste loonies ?

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      There’s always next year, bud. If history is any indication you guys won’t be talking so loud when it comes around.

  31. dufferin101 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    You say Crosby’s goal in the Olympics was a fluke? What about USA’s gwg? Deflection off a body in front of the net…such a skillful goal!!
    USA finished 7th in the tourney last year…I didn’t hear all these comments then.

  32. tyn27 - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Canada is good at one thing and one thing only, hockey. That’s it. Hockey. As an American I’m ok with that cause we’re right there with them in hockey. But every other sport that the sports world cares about, it’s the US. 90% of Canada focuses on hockey, 90% of the USA focuses on sports other then hockey. So I’d say we’re doin pretty good, and Canada should be a lot better then they are. I’d be embarrassed to be a Canadian if my teams didn’t win gold every year.

  33. rico33rd - Jan 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    You obviously haven’t left your beloved America. Each part of the world cares about the sports they play such as soccer/football, rugby, tennis, skiing etc. I don’t blame you for not following those sports but don’t think the world is following all of your sports either. If you have a passport and job, try seeing what else is out there. If not as I suspect you can always tune into American classics like Honey Boo and Cajun Justice. The US is a great place o visit.

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