The wild 8-7 scorefest that wound up earning the USA the bronze medal over Sweden was also assuring that for the fourth successive IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, a Detroit Red Wings prospect would be coming home from the tournament with a medal.
It went to center Red Savage. The 114th selection of the 2021 NHL entry draft by the Red Wings, was helping USA Hockey win that medal. He was the only Detroit prospect playing the tournament.
Red Savage’s father is from Canada and played ice hockey. Kaidan Mbereko’s father is from Zimbabwe and played rugby. Red and Kaidan became close friends through hockey. Today they won a medal together, and Savage cried as he said these words. 🇺🇸 @usahockey @NHLNetwork pic.twitter.com/oGtseZ7UqF
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 6, 2023
Last year, Detroit picks gathered up a half dozen medals. Goalie Sebastian Cossa (15th, 2021) and defenseman Donovan Sebrango (63rd, 2020) won gold with Canada. Defenseman Emil Viro (70th, 2020) was picking up a silver with Finland. Forward Theodor Niederbach (51st, 2020) and defensemen Simon Edvinsson (6th, 2021) and William Wallinder (32nd, 2020) won bronze with Sweden.
Viro also won a bronze medal with Finland at the 2021 tournament. In 2020, center Joe Veleno (30th, 2018) and defenseman Jared McIsaac (36th, 2018) were golden with Canada. Forward Jonatan Berggren (33rd, 2018) and goalie Jesper Eliasson (84th, 2018) were earning bronze for Sweden.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Look for Magnus Hellberg to be in goal and Robby Fabbri to be a scratch as Detroit is playing Saturday Toronto
- In a 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers, the Red Wings couldn’t solve Florida goalie Sergei Bobrovsky
- Detroit coach Derek Lalonde says analytics and reality are clashing. As a result, the team is struggling to find wins
- A winner again in Grand Rapids, Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic was stopping 33 shots in a 4-2 win
Red Wings Next Game
Detroit will get right back at it, playing at Toronto on Saturday night. The Wings are meeting the Maple Leafs on Hockey Night In Canada. Toronto has won eight straight games against the Red Wings. All those wins came during regulation time.
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Vegas: Forward Jonathan Marchessault is returning from injury to the Vegas Golden Knights lineup on Saturday.
San Jose: The San Jose Sharks made a waiver claim for winger Mikey Eyssimont from the Winnipeg Jets.
Calgary: Nazem Kadri will be the NHL All-Star Game rep for the Calgary Flames.
Colorado: Why the NHL got it wrong with the All-Star Game selection for the Colorado Avalanche.
Florida: Two goals from defenseman Aaron Ekblad was helping the Florida Panthers edge the Red Wings 3-2.
Montreal: Rookie defenseman Kaiden Guhle is expected to be lost to the Montreal Canadiens for eight weeks. He’s out with a lower-body injury.
Islanders: Star forward Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders is out with a lower-body injury.
Philadelphia: Tony DeAngelo of the Philadelphia Flyers is being given the Native Son Award. It’s presented by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.
Washington: Washington Capitals coach Peter Laviolette was issuing a benching to former Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha. The enforced sitdown came during their loss to the Nashville Predators.
Pittsburgh: Filip Hallander, a Pittsburgh Penguins prospect, was taken from the arena by stretcher after evidently hitting his head on the ice during an AHL game.
Boston: Forward Trent Frederic is understanding his role. As a result, he is surging for the Boston Bruins.