Cats prosper abroad at 2015 Hockey World Championships

Jokinen and Barkov
Image courtesy of aleksanderbarkov16.com

The 2015 IIHF Hockey World Championships wrapped up today with three Florida Panther players in action: Aaron Ekblad Jaromir Jagr, and Dimitri Kulikov. Read on for a look at how the six Florida Panthers players participating in the tournament fared.

Aaron Ekblad and Team Canada received a gold medal after today’s 6-1 win over Dimitri Kulikov and Team Russia who received a silver medal. Earlier in the day, Team USA defeated Jaromir Jagr and the Czech Republic by a score of 3-0. Canada won all 10 games it played, while Russia and the Czechs lost just two games each. Aaron Ekblad ended the tournament with 4 goals and 3 assists in 10 games as the youngest player on the Canadian roster, while Kulikov finished with 2 assists in his 10 games. Jagr tallied 6 goals and 3 assists, including two 2-goal games, and he was named the MVP and one of five all-stars of the entire tournament. Jagr now has 75 points in 80 World Championship games, and he announced during a post-game interview that this would be the end of his international career.

Also competing in the tournament were forwards Aleksander Barkov and Jussi Jokinen of Finland who played together on the team’s second line. The Finnish national team, whose assistant coach was former Panther Ville Peltonen, qualified for the quarterfinals where they were eliminated following a 5-3 loss to Jagr and the Czechs. Barkov, playing in his first World Championship, was often talked about as being the best player for Finland during the tournament. Through 8 games played, Barkov put up 4 goals and 3 assists as the team’s youngest player, while Jussi Jokinen produced 3 goals and 8 assists, the most points by any Panthers player and Finnish Team player during this year’s tournament. As a member of Team Slovakia, Tomas Kopecky tallied 1 goal and 1 assist in 6 games, however the team failed to qualify for the quarterfinals.

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