Chabot named World Juniors MVP

Thomas Chabot, who plays with the Saint John Sea Dogs, was named the MVP of the World Juniors for his play with Team Canada. (Kaitlin Arsenault photo)

Saint John Sea Dogs defenceman Thomas Chabot has been selected as the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, as announced by the IIHF prior to the end of the gold medal final.

The 19-year-old, an Ottawa Senator prospect, was also voted to the tournament All-Star Team, and was named Best Defenceman by the tournament directorate. He scored Canada’s opening goal and added an assist in the final against the United States, a 5-4 loss in the shootout.

Chabot led all defencemen in tournament scoring with 10 points comprised of four goals and six helpers, and led the World Juniors in ice time, averaging 26:14 per game.

In the gold medal championship, Chabot played 62 shifts tallying 43:53 of ice time, according to several media members.

The U.S. and Russia both placed two players on the tournament all-star team.

Russian captain Kirill Kaprizov, who led the World Juniors with nine goals, was named Best Forward and an all-star.

Here is a list of other award winners:

Individual Awards (selected by the directorate)

Best Goalkeeper: Felix Sandstrom, Sweden
Best Defenceman: Thomas Chabot, Canada
Best Forward: Kirill Kaprizov, Russia

Most Valuable Player (selected by the media)

Thomas Chabot, Canada

All-Star Team (selected by the media)

GK: Ilya Samsonov, Russia
DE: Thomas Chabot, Canada
DE: Charlie McAvoy, United States
FW: Kirill Kaprizov, Russia
FW: Alexander Nylander, Sweden
FW: Clayton Keller, United States

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