The 2010 IIHF World Championship: What you May Have Missed in Germany

Dobber Sports

2010-05-26

kovalchuk

 

The 74th IIHF World Championship (WC) wrapped up on Sunday, with the Czechs prying the gold medal from the two-time defending Russian champs.  Germany played host this time around, and for you trivia buffs, the world record for attendance at a hockey match was set when almost 78 000 watched the German national squad defeat the US on May 7th.  If you didn't catch this year's version of the annual WC tournament, read on to see what you missed.

 

The WC is wildly popular in Europe, but has a lukewarm reception in North America – mainly because the Stanley Cup playoffs are still in full swing when the tournament is held.  The resulting unavailability of so many of the best players in the world leads many hockey observers to conclude that the WC is a flawed measure of a nation's hockey prowess, further lessening its esteem in the NHL's home continent.

 

But that's not to say that you can completely ignore the IIHF's annual parade of pomp and circumstance if you want to outwit your fellow fantasy GMs.  So if (like so many Olympians) you missed the tournament in Germany, fear not – here are five things that you need to know.

 

 

1. The Top Scorers

Ilya Kovalchuk led all scorers with 12 points racked over nine games, while John Tavares led all goal-scorers, beating goalies seven times in seven games.

 

The top scorers were:

 

 

Player

Country

GP

Goals

Assists

Points

PIMs

Plus/Minus

1

KOVALCHUK Ilya

Russia