From Official Toronto Maple Leafs
By Chris Lund
The Toronto Maple Leafs had four players taking part at the 2016 IIHF World Championships in Russia this month. Here’s how they fared…
Morgan Rielly – Canada
Rielly captured a gold medal at the World Championships, playing in all 10 games for Canada and recording a goal — a game-winner — and three points. He led Canada in ice time in four of his 10 games, including a semifinal win over the United States and a win over Finland in the gold medal game where he put in 25:53 on the blueline. He was named a Player of the Tournament for Team Canada.
Leo Komarov – Finland
Komarov took home a silver medal from the Worlds following a 2-0 loss to Canada in the gold medal game. Despite what was surely a disappointing result for the Finns, Komarov had a quality showing at the 2016 edition of the tournament. In 10 games for Finland he recorded three goals (two game-winners) and seven points.
Nikita Zaitsev – Russia
The newest Leafs blueliner had a solid tournament for the host Russians at the World Championships. Zaitsev recorded a goal and four points in 10 games en route to a bronze medal win over the United States. He was also a plus-12 and was not on the ice for an even-strength goal-against. For his efforts, he was named to the 2016 IIHF World Championship All-Star team.
Martin Marincin – Slovakia
Marincin built on his solid conclusion to the 2015-16 NHL season with his performance at the 2016 Worlds. Despite Slovakia’s struggles at the tournament, he was a standout and recorded a pair of points and a plus-3 in seven games for his country. He was named a Player of the Tournament for Slovakia.