The International Ice Hockey Federation released their Winter Olympic awards immediately after today's gold medal game. The IIHF tournament directorate named the best in each position, and the media named the Olympic MVP and all-star team.
Team USA forward Phil Kessel (Maple Leafs) was named the tournaments best forward. Kessel dominated the tournament, scoring 5 goals and 3 assists, as well as a natural hat trick against Slovenia.
Team Canada's Drew Doughty (Kings) was named best defenseman. Doughty lead the gold medal winning team in goals scored, and was a mainstay on the blue line for Canada.
Carey Price (Montreal), who played in goal for Canada throughout the Olympics, was named best goaltender. Price played a total of 302:32 minutes in net, stopping 103 of the 106 shots he saw. He left the tournament with a 97.17 %SVS and .059GAA. He also had two shutouts in the two most important games of the tournament.
To no one's surprise, Teemu Selanne was named tournament MVP. Selanne, who is skating in what he calls his last professional season in the NHL, won a bronze medal with Team Finland in what is most likely the last Olympics of his professional career.
Joining Selanne on the Olympic all-star team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics are Doughty and Kessel, as well as Henrik Lundqvist, Erik Karlsson and Minnesota Wild player Mikael Granlund (don't worry, we'll get to him in a second).
Lunqvist (Rangers) played in all 6 games for Sweden. He stopped 150 of the 159 shots he faced for a SV% of 94.34. He averaged 1.50GAA, and also had 2 shutouts. His only lose of the tournament came in the gold medal game.
Karlsson (Senators) played in all six of Sweden's games, notching 4 goals and 4 assists. He played pretty heavy minutes, despite the extremely strong defenseive core that Team Sweden put together.
And then there is Granlund. Wild fans know how great he has been so far this season. Finally he was able to show the rest of the world just how talented he is. The beautiful passes he typically makes to Pomminville were there all tournament. The only difference was that Salenne was on the receiving end.
At the age of 21, and despite being labeled as a bust by a very large number of Wild fans last season, Granlund has won a bronze medal with a pretty depleted Finnish team and forced his way onto the Olympic all-star team.
Way to go kid, we're proud of you back here in Minnesota. Now rest up and bring that game back with you for the rest of the season.