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Sweden wins World hockey championships, updated international power rankings

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In case you were watching the NHL playoffs and missed the 2017 World Hockey Championships, let me sum it up for you.

What was this year’s World Hockey Championships?

Yes, this year’s World Hockey Championships were the year of the upsets.

It started with Germany beating the United States by a score of 2-1. Following this was the home country France beating Finland 5-1. Then, Denmark beat Slovakia 4-3.

After that France kept on roiling, beating Switzerland 4-3. Then, the defending champions, Team Canada, lost to Switzerland, 3-2.

These types of upsets were expected when you consider who was playing in this years tournament.

Click here for team rosters, international power rankings and pre-tournament predictions.

To sum up the rosters, it was lack-luster.

The medal teams

While this year was the year of the upsets, the three teams that medaled were anything but surprises.

Sweden went into the tournament as the favorites, and they answered by winning the World Hockey Championships.

Canada got silver after winning the World Hockey Championships the last two years.

Russia brings home bronze after having yet another strong tournament.

Top players at the World Hockey Championships

Some of the top players at this year’s World Hockey Championships were:

Artemi Panarin of Russia with four goals, 13 assists, good for 17 points all in nine games played.

Nikita Kucherov of Russia. He had seven goals, eight assists, and 15 points in 10 games played.

Nathan MacKinnon of Canada picked up six goals and nine assists for 15 points in 10 games played.

Henrik Lundqvist of Sweden was one of the top goalies. He had a .946 save percentage and a 1.31 goals against average in just 5 games.

Calvin Pickard of Canada had a .938 save percentage and a 1.49 goals against average in 10 games played.

Updated international power rankings

Here is the updated international power rankings following the 2017 World Hockey Championships.

If you’re not sure how the point system works click here to read about it.

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Please also note an updated rule:

For a team to qualify to be in the international power rankings, they must receive points in a minimum of two of  the four years.

They also must receive points in three of the international tournaments that give points.

What to note

With Finland finishing 4th and losing the bronze medal game 5-3 to Russia, they have fallen from their top spot in the international power rankings.

The new number one country is, of course, Canada.

Despite losing the gold medal game 2-1 in a shootout to Sweden, they’ve taken the top spot from Finland.

As for Sweden, they still sit number five, but the big gap that was between them and number four, Russia, is now closing with their World Hockey Championships victory.

We now head into the long off season of international hockey, so we won’t have an updated international power rankings until following next year’s world junior championships.

Here’s to hoping next year’s international hockey season will be as good, if not better, than this year’s.