BUFFALO – Canada’s Brayden Schenn, the superior scoring leader of the World U20 Championship, has been selected as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Schenn was also accompanied by two more players from the Canadian team to the tournament All-Star Team; forward Ryan Johansen, and defenceman and captain Ryan Ellis.
Jack Campbell (USA) was the All-Star Team goaltender, while the remaining two were from new world champion Russia; forward Yevgeni Kuznetsov and defenceman Dmitri Orlov.
Canadian forward Brayden Schenn, who led all players with eight goals and ten assists for 18 points in seven games, was the run-away winner of the MVP race and he was also named Best Forward by the tournament directorate.
All-Star Team (as selected by the media)
Goaltender: Jack Campbell, USA
Defenceman: Ryan Ellis, Canada
Defenceman: Dmitri Orlov, Russia
Forward: Brayden Schenn, Canada
Forward: Ryan Johansen, Canada
Forward: Yevgeni Kuznetsov, Russia
Most Valuable Player: Brayden Schenn, Canada
Tournament Best Player Awards (as selected by the tournament directorate)
Best Goaltender: Jack Campbell, USA
Best Defenseman: Ryan Ellis, Canada
Best Forward: Brayden Schenn, Canada
This is the third time U.S. goaltender Jack Campbell has been named to an IIHF All-Star Team. He was the All-Star goalie at both the 2009 and 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships, and also named directorate Best Goaltender in 2010.
The total attendance for the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship was 329,687 for 31 games, the second highest ever in the history of the event. Only Ottawa 2009 was better.
It is also the highest attendance of an IIHF international hockey event in United States history, drawing more fans to the arenas than the 2002 Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament in Salt Lake City (268,139 fans for 35 games). The 2005 U20 in Grand Forks, the previous best for the World Juniors in the U.S., had a total attendance of 193,256 for 31 games.
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