Originally posted on Mile High Sports  |  Last updated 5/21/14
At the end of every NHL season, a great deal of players head overseas to represent their countries in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships. After the Minnesota Wild eliminated them from the playoffs, Colorado Avalanche players were free to join their respective countries in Belarus. Four players from the Avalanche organization competed in this year’s tournament. Most notably, Colorado’s 18-year-old phenom Nathan MacKinnon is representing Team Canada and he now represents the only Avalanche representative whose team is still alive in the tournament. Colorado took MacKinnon with the first overall selection in the 2013 entry draft and he is the favorite to win the Calder Memorial Trophy (awarded to the NHL’s rookie of the year). Through seven games in Belarus, MacKinnon has one goal, three assists, a plus-3 rating, eight penalty minutes, and 24 shots on goal. MacKinnon became the second youngest Canadian to ever score in the tournament with a power play goal in C...
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