6 CHL Players Earn Medals at 2016 World Under-18 Hockey Championship

Sunday April 24, 2016

GRAND FORKS, ND – Six CHL players have earned medals at the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship.

Defencemen Markus Niemelainen (Saginaw Spirit), Juuso Valimaki (Tri-City Americans) and forward Otto Somppi (Halifax Mooseheads) claimed gold with Finland after Somppi scored and Valimaki had an assist in a 6-1 win over Sweden.

The Finns claim gold for the first time since 2000, exploding out of the gate for a 3-0 lead after one period before outshooting Sweden 34-18.

Alexander Nylander (Mississauga Steelheads) earned a silver medal with Sweden, finishing the tournament with three goals, eight assists and 11 points in seven games.

The United States skated to a 10-3 victory over Canada to claim bronze and medal for the 13th straight year at the event. Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires) led the way with two goals and an assist while Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane Chiefs) had a goal and two assists.

Brown (3-9–12) and Yamamoto (7-6–13) both finished among the tournament scoring leaders following the conclusion of the seven game schedule.

Canada goals came from Will Bitten (Flint Firebirds), Connor Hall (Kitchener Rangers) and Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads) in the loss.

Canadian defenceman David Quenneville (Medicine Hat Tigers) was named to the tournament all-star team after finishing second among all blueliners with five goals, three assists and eight points in seven games with a plus/minus rating of plus-7.

Game Summary



Finland (Gold):
Markus Niemelainen (Saginaw Spirit)
Otto Somppi (Halifax Mooseheads)
Juuso Valimaki (Tri-City Americans)

Sweden (Silver):
Alexander Nylander (Mississauga Steelheads)

United States (Bronze):
Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires)
Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane Chiefs)


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