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Karlsson, Kessel highlight Olympic All-Star team

Feb 23, 2014, 9:53 AM EDT

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While they didn’t win the ultimate prize, Erik Karlsson and Phil Kessel are leaving Sochi with some major awards.

Karlsson was named the tournament’s top defender on Sunday, Kessel the top forward, and both were selected to the Sochi All-Star team, per The pair finished tied for the tournament scoring lead, with eight points, and were the only two to capture individual awards and All-Star team spots. Kessel also finished tied with Michael Grabner for the goalscoring title (five goals each).

The individual positional awards went like this:

Individual Awards as selected by the tournament directorate
Best Goalkeeper: Carey Price, Canada
Best Defenceman: Karlsson, Sweden
Best Forward: Kessel, USA

All-Star Team as selected by the media
Goalkeeper: Henrik Lundqvist, Sweden
Defenceman: Karlsson, Sweden
Defenceman: Drew Doughty, Canada
Forward: Teemu Selanne, Finland
Forward: Kessel, USA
Forward: Mikael Granlund, Finland

Tournament MVP went to Finland’s Teemu Selanne.

  1. lowenni - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Yesssss! So awesome to see Selanne win MVP at his last Olympics and in his last season. Totally fitting too, given he’s probably one of the top three best Olympic players in history. What a way to go out. Everybody should see this gif:

    • packerswin96 - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      I have no problem giving Teemu the MVP even if Price should have gotten it. Teemu is and always has been a great player and complete class act.

      • tdrusher225 - Feb 23, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        Are you serious? Price wasn’t even the best goalie in the tournament. He played fine, but he was barely tested. The credit goes to the players in front of him, particularly that defense corps.

  2. innout10 - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    How does the “best goalkeeper” get passed up for the all star team and how does the tournament mvp come from the bronze medal team? IIHF should take a lap…

    • dueman - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      Maybe you should re-read the blog….IIHF is not responsible for the picks. The tournament directorate picks the award winners and the media picked the all stars. I’ll agree that the media fudged on the goalie pick, but how can you complain about Selanne being picked?

    • kaptaanamerica - Feb 23, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      Price wasn’t the best goalchie that was the mistake. Lundqvist may well have deserved both honours. Price didn’t face the same number of shots per game and benefited from a thoroughly dominating team in front of him.

  3. packerswin96 - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Sooo the “All-Star Team as selected by the media” was picked before the Gold Medal game?

  4. gregman98 - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    • mattypbillsmafia - Feb 23, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      That was probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. The highlight you show has Phanuef giving the puck away at his own blue line, and what was Kessel supposed to do? He backchecked… The only thing he could’ve done was take a penalty resulting in a penalty shot, granted, Danny Paille might not score on the PS, but man, that’s a terrible video. Just over one giveaway per game? And 3/60 minutes… Doesn’t really look that bad. Don’t be mad that the Leafs suck and their two best players are Americans.

      • mattypbillsmafia - Feb 23, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        Oh, and I used to yawn like crazy all the time when I played hockey. Yawning has nothing to do with you being tired, it has to do with the lack of oxygen getting to your brain and changes in body temperature.

  5. tlndma - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Karlsson best defenseman? Not by a mile.

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Offensively, yes, but arguably the worst “defensive” defenseman in the NHL.

      • kaptaanamerica - Feb 23, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        the reason it’s arguable is because it’s totally untrue. karlsson is a machine driving possession and offense. Teams hardly get the chance to create any offense when he’s on the ice.

        He is the best defenseman in the world and arguably the best player as well…

      • therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 23, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        I’m guessing you’re new to this game of hockey because that may be one of the most uneducated statements I’ve heard on this site.

  6. prd797 - Feb 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    So, Kessel gets the ‘Best Forward When It Didn’t Matter’ award?

    He was nowhere to be found when the games were truly important against Canada and Finland.

    • sunderlanding - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      He played well against Canada. Sure he didn’t score, but only one person scored all game. As for the Bronze medal game let’s face it the US wasn’t in the game. They had their hearts broke in the semis and didn’t even try. For Finland bronze is an achievement for the US, much like Canada, it means failure. I don’t have any problem with them giving it to Kessel. He had a great tournament.

  7. strictlythedanks - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Granlund is an absolute stud

  8. djshnooks - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Price deserved the award??? Lmao.

    He was NOT Hasek in these Olympics…he didn’t even face 20 shots a game.

    • kaptaanamerica - Feb 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM


    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 23, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      How did he not deserve it?

      Three highest scoring teams at Sochi were Finland, USA and Sweden. They had a combined 1 goal against Price.

  9. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 23, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Obviously these awards are stat based.

    Was Kessel the best forward? Probably not. But he lead in goals and points. Sure he piled them up early and disappeared in the Semis and Bronze game, but he still had a good tournament.

    Was Karlsson the best defenseman? Definitely not. Hands down Drew Doughty should have won it. Canada defense was stiffling and he was leading the way. Pretty much lead Team Canada’s offense through the prelim rounds too.

    Best goalie wasn’t Price. Jonas Hiller did just about the same thing Price did, but without Canada’s shutdown defense in front of him. Nothing against Price he did well, just wasn’t tested often enough to be call the best, imo.

    But in the end, who cares. No one really remembers these awards. The Olympics are the ultimate team game. It’s all about the who has the medals.

    • sunderlanding - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      I agree with most of what you said, but Kessel deserved the award. He played well against Canada, and was a threat most of the night. Well it’s true he didn’t score it’s also true that there was only one goal all game. As for the bronze medal game, let’s face it, the US didn’t care. They just wanted to go home. The tournament ended for them after the loss to Canada.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:31 PM

        Actually, I agree with the Kessel one. He’s the only one of the three I didn’t name someone else who I think should have got it because he did earn it.

        I’m just saying he’s not really the best all round forward at the Olympics, just the best offensive forward. He lead in two of the more important stats, goals and points.

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