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2011 IIHF World U18 Championships Final Standings

For the third straight year, the United States of America walked out of the IIHF World U18 Championships with the gold medal.  It took a pair of OT wins to do it, beating Canada in the semifinals thanks to a Tyler Biggs goal, and getting the golden goal from the stick of blueliner Connor Murphy on a powerplay against Sweden.  It was the USA's sixth overall title at the U18 level wince the tournament was added to the IIHF's schedule in 1999.  Russia is second in overall titles with three, while Canada and Finland have two each. 

Russia won the bronze medal thanks to a 6-4 win over Canada.  OHL rookie sensation Nail Yakupov scored a hat trick against Canada, as Canada decided to mix things up by starting Andrew D'Agostini ahead of Malcolm Subban in goal.  Canada's 4th place finish was well-earned:  they lost to each of the medallists once in the tournament. 

The championship level of the 2012 U18s will take place in Switzerland, though a host city has yet to be determined.  They'll have their work cut out for them to top what Germany managed this year.  I'll have more to recap on the U18s soon, but here is the final standings for first the top 10 nations this year, and then for the rest of the world after the jump:

2011 IIHF U18 Final Ranking
Rank Country 2012 Tournament
1 USA Us_medium Championship
2 Sweden Se_medium Championship
3 Russia Ru_medium Championship
4 Canada Ca_medium Championship
5 Finland Fi_medium Championship
6 Germany De_medium Championship
7 Switzerland Ch_medium Championship
8 Czech Republic Cz_medium Championship
9 Norway No_medium Division 1A
10 Slovakia Sk_medium Division 1A
11 Latvia Lv_medium Championship
12 Denmark Dk_medium Championship
13 Slovenia Si_medium Division 1A
14 Italy It_medium Division 1A
15 France Fr_medium Division 1A
16 Kazakhstan Kz_medium Division 1B
17 Belarus By_medium Division 1B
18 Poland Pl_medium Division 1B
19 Hungary Hu_medium Division 1B
20 Great Britain Gb_medium Division 2A
21 South Korea Kr_medium Division 2A
22 Austria At_medium Division 1B
23 Ukraine Ua_medium Division 1B
24 Romania Ro_medium Division 2A
25 The Netherlands Nl_medium Division 2A
26 Croatia Hr_medium Division 2A
27 Lithuania Lt_medium Division 2A
28 Spain Es_medium Division 2B
29 Estonia Ee_medium Division 2B
30 China Cn_medium Division 2B
31 Serbia Rs_medium Division 2B
32 Belgium Be_medium Division 3A
33 New Zealand Nz_medium Division 3A
34 Australia Au_medium Division 2B
35 Iceland Is_medium Division 2B
36 Mexico Mx_medium Division 3A
37 Bulgaria Bg_medium Division 3A
38 Chinese Taipei Tw_medium Division 3A
39 South Africa Za_medium Division 3B
40 Israel Il_medium Division 3B
41 Turkey Tr_medium Division 3B
42 Ireland Ie_medium Division 3B

DNP Japan Jp_medium Division 1A
DSQ Mongolia Mn_medium Division 3B


I've assigned each team to their assumed division grouping for next year, as per what is expected to be agreed upon by the various national federations at meetings in Bratislava over the next month (in conjunction with the IIHF World Championships).  I'll also have a new Junior Hockey World Ranking done up in the next few days based on the 2011 results of the U20 and U18 programs.