Four Prospects Earns WJC Medals; Toews Named To All-Tourney Team
|Four Chicago Blackhawks prospects -- Jonathan Toews, Dan Bertram, Jack Skille and Igor Makarov -- earned medals today at the World Junior Championships in Sweden.
Toews (1st round, 3rd overall, in 2006) and Bertram (2nd round, 54th overall, in 2005) won gold medals as members of Team Canada, which defeated Russia 4-2 in the championship game Friday. Toews was named Player of the Game in the championship recording a goal and an assist.
A sophomore at the University of North Dakota, Toews was named to the tournament's All-Star Team, finishing with four goals and three assists for seven points in six games. His seven points led Team Canada and his four goals were tied for the team lead.
Makarov, the Blackhawks 2nd round pick, 33rd overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, earned a silver medal playing for Russia. He finished with six points (two goals, four assists) and a plus-5 rating in six games.
Skille, the Blackhawks 1st round pick, 7th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, won a bronze medal in Team USA's 2-1 victory over host Sweden. Skille recorded an assist on Team USA's game-winning goal. The University of Wisconsin sophomore finished the tournament with six points (one goal, five assists) and a plus-2 rating in seven games.
Toews, Makarov and Skille each ended the tournament in the top-20 in scoring.
Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago's 4th round pick, 108th overall, in the 2005 draft, recorded two goals and an assist in seven games for Sweden. David Kuchejda (7th round, 202nd overall, in 2005) played for the Czech Republic.