FCHockey
Staff
January 6, 2024

Directorate announces top players from the 2024 World Juniors

Team USA has been crowned champion at the 2024 World Juniors.

But the Americans aren’t the only ones leaving with some hardware.

The International Ice Hockey Federation announced the tournament directorate awards and media all-star team and MVP vote after Team USA was triumphant over Sweden with a 6-2 victory on Friday.

Some members of the host Swedish, who leave the tournament with silver, added some additional hardware.

Hugo Havelid was named the top goaltender as selected by the directorate. Havelid, who went unselected in both the 2022 and 2023 NHL Drafts, posted a 1.77 goals-against average and .917 save percentage with two shutouts for Sweden in the tournament. He was joined on the directorate list by Swedish defender Axel Sandin Pellikka, who was named top defenseman. Sandin Pellikka, a Detroit Red Wings prospect, registered six points (two goals, four assists) and a minus-2 rating in seven games for the silver-medal winners.

Cutter Gauthier will leave with more than a medal. The Team USA standout was named the tournament’s top forward by the directorate. Gauthier, selected with the No. 5 pick in the 2022 draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, shared the tournament lead with 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in seven games.

Gauthier and Havelid also appeared on the tournament’s media all-star team, alongside Swedish defenseman and St. Louis Blues prospect Theo Lindstein, American defender and Montreal Canadiens prospect Lane Hutson, Czech forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Jiri Kulich, and Swedish winger and Vancouver Canucks prospect Jonathan Lekkerimaki.

Lekkerimaki, who shared the tournament lead at seven goals, was also named MVP of the World Juniors by the media.

Here’s a look at the full awards:

Directorate

Best Goalkeeper: Hugo Havelid
Best Defenseman: Axel Sandin Pellikka
Best Forward: Cutter Gauthier

All-Star Team

Goaltender: Hugo Havelid
Defender: Theo Lindstein
Defender: Lane Hutson
Forward: Jiri Kulich
Forward: Jonathan Lekkerimaki
Forward: Cutter Gauthier

MVP: Jonathan Lekkerimaki

Prior to the tournament’s medal round, coaches from each country also named their top three players.


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