Vesey, Team USA Take Gold at IIHF World Junior Championship

Jimmy Vesey was one of three ECAC Hockey players to win gold at the IIHF World Junior Championship (Usa Hockey/Nancie Battaglia)

UFA, Russia –
Three years removed from its last gold medal, the United States downed Sweden, 3-1, in the final of the IIHF World Junior Championship Saturday at Ufa Arena to capture the tournament title. Harvard forward Jimmy Vesey was one of three ECAC Hockey players on Team USA, joining Shayne Gostisbehere (D, Union) and Cole Bardreau (F, Cornell) in Ufa.

Vesey skated in all seven tournament games for the U.S., and after starting the tournament dressing as the 13th forward, Vesey moved up to the top line for the final three games. The North Reading, Mass., native finished the event with five points on a goal and four assists. His best game came in the final contest of pool play, as he dished out three assists in a 9-3 rout of Slovakia, helping the U.S. advance in the tournament. He scored his lone goal of the tournament in a 5-1 defeat of Canada in the semifinal, and added an assist in the contest as well.

Team USA’s last gold at the World Juniors came in 2010 in Saskatoon, Sask., when the Red, White and Blue edged Canada, 6-5 in overtime to capture the tournament crown. The U.S. took bronze in 2011 in Buffalo, N.Y., and failed to medal in last year’s tournament.

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