With the 2019 IIHF World Championship game set to be between Canada and Finland, the Detroit Red Wings have three players who will set out to win a gold medal.
Canada defeated the Czech Republic to advance to the 2019 IIHF World Championships gold medal game where they will face off against Finland, who shockingly beat Russia to advance to the championship game as well. The Detroit Red Wings have three players between the two rosters who will be competing for a gold medal in the championship game. The game takes place Sunday, May 26th at 2:15 pm ET.
For team Canada, the Red Wings have Tyler Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha in contention for a gold medal. Tyler Bertuzzi has played in six games for the Canadian team but has not registered a point in the entire tournament. When it comes to Anthony Mantha, he has been on quite a tear for the Canadian team.
Through eight games in the tournament, Mantha leads the Canadian team in points, registering for his thirteen total points. He was suspended for one game for unsportsmanlike conduct which is why he has only played in eight of the nine total IIHF Worlds tournament games. Mantha has tallied seven goals and six assists to aid the Canadian team’s run for gold.
On the other bench, the Finland team has one player from the Red Wings, Oliwer Kaski. This name may sound familiar since he was just signed by the Red Wings earlier in the month of May. Through nine games in the tournament, Kaski has tallied two points on two assists for the Finnish team. Kaski is also a plus-four in those nine games for the Finns.
So either way that the championship shakes out, the Red Wings will have at least one gold medal winner on their team. Mantha will look to continue to remain on the tear that he is on and elevate the Canadians to the gold medal.
The secret weapon the Finnish team has is Kaapo Kakko who is proving that he can be every bit as good as he has been, in the NHL hopefully solidifying his goal to be the first overall pick by winning gold medals in IIHF World Juniors and IIHF Worlds in the same year. The Red Wings are a long shot for Kakko at pick six, but picking up Kaski is an excellent first signing for the new GM Steve Yzerman.