Blackhawks Finish Strong World Championships

The Blackhawks were well represented as the 2016 World Championship came to a close on Sunday.

Entering the gold medal game against Canada, Ville Pokka had two assists in nine games with Finland.

Artemi Panarin finished a stellar tournament with another strong performance in the bronze medal game against the United States. Panarin skated 14:14 and scored one goal with two assists as he led Russia to a 7-2 win to claim third place. Panarin finished the tournament second overall with 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 10 games for Russia.

Tyler Motte picked up a goal in the United States’ quarterfinal loss to Canada, and skated 15:36 against Russia on Sunday. He finished the tournament with one goal and two assists in 10 games.

Vince Hinostroza did not skate in the bronze medal game but matched Motte’s stat line – one goal, two assists – in nine games representing the US.

Erik Gustafsson was on the ice for 5:41 in Sweden’s 6-0 loss to Canada in the quarterfinals. He was credited with 16 shots on net and two assists in eight games.

Defenseman Michal Kempny‘s tournament ended surprisingly when the Czech Republic was upset in the quarterfinals. He finished the tournament with two assists and 19 shots on net in eight games.

19 thoughts on “Blackhawks Finish Strong World Championships

  1. Mox- Rumor is he is waiting for the WC to be over… so late Monday or Tuesday???

    Hawks are still rumored as the front-runners.

  2. Didn’t know a hell of a lot about Patrick Laine until I started reading and doing some research during the world championships. Holy crap – 6’4″ and 215 with his skills…wow! If I’m Toronto and I have to choose between Austin Matthews and this kid, I’m still going with Matthews but I may think twice. If I’m Winnipeg, I’m smiling ear to ear no matter what.

  3. Puljujarvi ain’t no slouch either. Has there ever been the top 3 picks as European skaters?

  4. Defensemen are often times tough to assess future potential. In 03-04 Duncan Keith spent the entire year in the AHL. Could not even get a look on a Hawk team that won a meager 20 games. So what do the Hawks have in Pokka? That may take another year to figure out.

  5. Would have the assume some Kempny news comes out today especially if he does indeed sign with the Hawks.

  6. @ Mike

    The diference with Keith was that those teams were horrible and had NOTHING to gain with him being on the roster. Also the amazing thing about both Keith and Seabrook was once they came up they NEVER went back down.

  7. This from Hockey futures

    Pokka attended his first training camp with Chicago before being assigned to AHL affiliate Rockford to start the 2015-16 season. In his second year with the IceHogs, Pokka is expected to be the top offensive defenseman for Rockford with AHL veteran T.J. Brennan now in Toronto. The Blackhawks have a deep group of experienced defenseman in Chicago and Pokka may have to bide his time until either trades or injury present an opportunity. Long-term he has the potential to be an effective middle pairing puck mover.

  8. Positives…

    Pokka – skated 21 minutes in close Gold game Vs. Canada

    Motte- earned and was trusted with More Ice time as Tourney went on (he is responsible with Some scoring upside)… so Q will like this kid- Me thinks!!!

    Tick-tock… waiting for Kempny!!

  9. What’s with the headline “Commited Indians”? Are you trying to start some some racial war? Why not say “Hawks”.

  10. Gayle Maki, while I am not entirely sure, I believe the “committed Indians” website name comes from a 2008 rant by former head coach Denis Savard. The Hawks had just finished an uninspired game when Savard used the media to spurn his team to do more. He ended the rant with asking the team to commit to the indian or the organization was going to have to move some players out.

    The website name, in my opinion, has served to represent a committed group of Blackhawks fans who are “committed to the Indians”.

  11. Peter- I think it was a bad attempt at a joke saying “(black)hawks finish strong world championships” vs. “Hawks finish strong world championships”…

    welcome to 2016… everyone pretends to be offended by everything!

  12. @SSHM
    Point taken, but check this out…
    Keith 154 AHL games (his second season in the AHL was the lock out year)
    Seabrook 3

    I got to see Keith play about 75 of those games in Norfolk. Those teams were loaded with now Stanley Cup champs

  13. I think the comment was more directed at the sites name than anything deeper. To have a deeper meaning would be giving an individual far too much intellectual credit.

    Few things in life drives me nuts more than hearing someone whine, bitch, complain about something that has absolutely no effect on them whatsoever.

  14. Seabrook actually played 9 AHL games. 3 regular season 6 postseason during the 04/05 lockout after his career in Lethbridge was complete.

  15. Gayle , Peter : I believe that when Savard said ” Commit to the Indian ” , he was referring to the logo on the Hawks jersey. In my opinion the BEST looking jersey in any sport in the world. The second best was the UND Fighting Souix jersey,But that jersey went the way of dodge ball, no hard slides at second or home plate,old time hockey,Merry Christmas and getting your ASS whacked for misbehaving.What’s next , Participation Trophys for all the NHL teams?

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