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Sweden takes gold on home ice at World Championships

May 19, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT

Switzerland v Sweden - 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Final Getty Images

Team Sweden did something no other hockey country has been able to do since 1986, and that’s win the World Championships as the host nation.

Sweden took home gold in the 2013 IIHF World Hockey Championship with a 5-1 victory over Switzerland on Sunday afternoon.

Vancouver Canucks’ captain Henrik Sedin, who, along with his twin brother Daniel, joined the Swedish squad when their National Hockey League team was swept out of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the opening round, scored twice in the gold medal game.

The loss was a tough way for Switzerland to end the tournament. The Swiss had gone undefeated in this year’s competition until today, before falling to Sweden.

There is a silver lining for Switzerland. According to the Canadian Press, it’s the first time in 60 years Switzerland has won a medal at the World Championships.

Earlier in the day, Team USA won bronze in a shootout over Finland.

 

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 19, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Ugh fine, I’m here so I’ll do it:

    Only thing he’ll ever win. Only way any Van player will win anything.

    • tarotsujimoto74 - May 19, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      forgot the “only way those soft euro sisters will win is on big ice”

      • loinstache - May 19, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        Ooh misogynist and racist, careful everyone we’ve got a beefy badass

  2. 19to77 - May 19, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    A… “silver lining,” you say, Cam?

  3. kingsforever - May 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    He’ll never win a Cup.

  4. freneticgarfieldfan - May 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    The game was closer than one might suspect: 3-1 until 43 minutes in.
    Josi was named tournament MVP.

  5. bigbadbruins77 - May 19, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Sweden! I want one of those jerseys for mens league haha.

  6. 8man - May 19, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Well the rest of the world plays hockey too. So I’m sure this is big for Sedin. But he and the rest of his Vancouver mates had a chance at something special two years ago and couldn’t close the deal. Maybe it motivates him. I dunno. And I don’t know how much cats who skate in Sweden value the Stanley Cup.

    For those of us in Canada and the US, there is no greater prize! Go Bs!

  7. kaptaanamerica - May 20, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Skill and talent define the Sedins as well as their commitment to be great ambassadors for the game of hockey.anyone who thinks not winning the cup was on them or wants to blame them for going out of the playoffs early needs to ask themselves what role the coaching staff has played in the Canucks playoffs failures.

    If the Sedins can Light up the tournament in the four or five games they played you’d think it might be the coaching or the system they’ve been asked today in Vancouver and not the players.for those who don’t know there are disenchanted players on the team who Don’t agree with what the coaching staff want them to do.

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