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POSTED ON Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 11:25 AM MT

With its final pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Avalanche selected Gustav Olhaver at No. 191 in the seventh round.

A 6-foot-6, 213-pound center, Olhaver recorded six goals and six assists last season for Rogle's junior under-20 team in Sweden. He also played in 18 games for the under-18 team in 2014-15, registering 25 points (14 goals and 11 assists).

He appeared in five games with Sweden at last year's Under-18 World Junior Championship where he tallied one goal.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 05.17.2015 / 6:28 PM MT

Mission accomplished for the four Colorado Avalanche players on Team Canada.

Coming in as one of the favorites and with a 'gold or bust' attitude, the Canadians were looking to break their five-year medal-less drought at the IIHF World Championship. They did that and more as they put an exclamation point on an impressive overall effort at the 2015 tournament.

Canada ran away with the gold medal on Sunday in a 6-1 victory over defending champion Russia in the title game at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. It is Canada's first gold medal at the annual event since 2007 and its first medal of any kind since earning silver in back-to-back years in 2008 and 2009. The nation had lost in the quarterfinals in each of the past five world championships.

The Avs' Nathan MacKinnon scored his fourth goal of the tournament while Tyson Barrie and Ryan O'Reilly each added an assist in the victory. Matt Duchene had two shots in 14:43 of ice time while centering Canada's third line with MacKinnon and Jason Spezza on his wings.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 3:34 PM MT

The quarterfinals have been a thorn in Canada's side in recent years at the World Championship.

That is not the case in 2015 though, as the Canadians continued their offensive surge Thursday in a 9-0 victory over Belarus at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2009.

Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly, Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns led the way for Team Canada, which is averaging 7.25 goals per game in the tournament. O'Reilly scored twice and added an assist versus Belarus, while Seguin had a hat trick and Burns finished with four points (two goals and two assists).

This year marks the first time that Canada will play for a medal since the team made it to the semifinals in seven straight years from 2003 to 2009. Canada last won gold in 2007, but its last medals have been silvers, earned in 2008 and 2009.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.5.2015 / 2:43 PM MT

Belarus scored three second period goals and beat Denmark 5-1 on Tuesday at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Denmark (0-0-1-2) held a 1-0 lead after the first period, but Belarus (2-0-1-0) recorded the next five tallies to help it move into second place in Group B with seven points. Belarus has a one-point lead over Russia and Finland in the standings.

Colorado Avalanche prospect Markus Lauridsen of Denmark finished with two shots and a minus-3 rating in 16:48 of ice time. He was given a 20-minute penalty for throwing an object with 5:16 left in the contest.

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POSTED ON Monday, 05.4.2015 / 4:48 PM MT

The young Americans are off to their best start at the World Championship in nearly two decades.

The United States remained undefeated and took the top spot in Group B on Monday with a 4-2 victory over Russia at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic. USA is now 3-0-0-0 for the first time since the 1997 tournament.

Trevor Lewis, Torey Krug, Mark Arcobello and Brock Nelson scored for Team USA, which has an average age of 24.3 years old and features five players that played college hockey last season.

Avalanche defenseman Zach Redmond made his debut at the World Championship after being a healthy scratch in the U.S.'s first two games. It was the Traverse City, Mich., native's first international experience with USA Hockey.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 05.3.2015 / 4:33 PM MT

Canada continued its dominant play at the World Championship with its second blowout win in as many games.

Fourteen players on Canada's roster picked up a point Sunday in a 10-0 victory over Germany at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene led the Canadians in scoring with four points after registering three assists and scoring a penalty-shot goal in the third period.

Canada (2-0-0-0) won its opening contest against Latvia on Friday by a 6-1 score.

Duchene's line, which also included the Edmonton Oilers' Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, led the charge for Team Canada. Hall recorded a hat trick, with Duchene assisting on all three tallies, while Eberle finished with two helpers.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 05.2.2015 / 6:05 PM MT

Austria tied the game in the final minute of regulation and completed the comeback in the shootout with a 4-3 win over Switzerland on Saturday at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.

Avalanche goaltender Reto Berra made 22 saves for the Swiss. He wasn't tested much in the first 40 minutes, only facing eight shots before seeing 12 pucks in the third period and four more in overtime.

Switzerland (0-0-1-0) held three one-goal leads in the contest, but the Austrians rallied each time to knot the game. Austria's Michael Raffl recorded the tying goal with the extra attacker on the ice with 50 seconds left in the third period.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.1.2015 / 3:30 PM MT

Colorado Avalanche players were scattered throughout the scoresheet for Team Canada in the opening game of the 2015 World Championship at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.

Forwards Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon scored while defenseman Tyson Barrie added an assist for Canada on Friday in a 6-1 victory over Latvia, a team that nearly provided an upset in a quarterfinal matchup of the squads at the 2014 Olympics.

MacKinnon also added two assists in the contest on goals from Jason Spezza for his first three-point game in IIHF competition. The Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia native had only recorded four total points (one goal and three assists) in eight World Championship games a year ago and only registered one assist in six contests at the 2013 World Juniors.

MacKinnon was on the wing of Canada's top forward line with Crosby (also from Cole Harbour) and Spezza, and the trio lived up to its billing.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.22.2014 / 6:06 PM MT

Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon's World Championship run fell short Thursday as Canada lost 3-2 to Finland in the quarterfinals at Chizhovka Arena in Minsk, Belarus.

This marks the fifth straight year that Canada has lost in the quarterfinals. Its last medal at the World Championship was a silver in 2009 following a loss to Russia in the championship final.

Nathan MacKinnon during a 2014 IIHF World Championship game in Minsk, Belarus with Team Canada (Richard Wolowicz/HHOF-IIHF Images).

Canada won gold at the Sochi Olympics last February and was bidding to become the second team to capture in the same year Olympics and World Championship gold (Sweden, 2006).

Canada held a 2-1 lead in the second period Thursday after Kyle Turris (Senators) and Mark Scheifele (Jets) found the net, but Finland quickly turned the game back in its favor early in the third.

Juuso Hietanen scored just 28 seconds into the final stanza to tie the contest at 2-2, and Iiro Pakarinen scored the winner for Finland after receiving a pass from Jori Lehtera in the slot during an odd-man rush and firing a shot far-side with 3:08 left.

"For the most part I thought our team played well," Canada coach Dave Tippett (Coyotes) said. "We controlled long portions of the game. We made a couple of mistakes that cost us the game. Our goal was to get better every day. That was probably the best game we've played here."

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.16.2014 / 5:04 PM MT

Nathan MacKinnon had two assists on Friday to help Team Canada win its fourth consecutive game at the 2014 IIHF World Championship with a 6-1 victory over Italy.

The Canadians have won each of their contests since losing to France in the tournament opener last Friday. They have outscored their opponents by a 20-6 margin in those wins.

After taking a 1-0 lead in the first period, Canada scored four times in the middle frame and once more with 3:30 remaining. MacKinnon assisted on Canada's final two scores, Cody Hodgson's tally at 16:15 of the second and Brayden Schenn's goal at 16:30 of the third.

MacKinnon now has four points (one goal and three assists) in his first world championship. He also had six shots and two penalty minutes against Italy.

Canada (4-0-1) sits in second place in Group A and just one point behind undefeated Sweden (5-0-0). The top two teams will face off on Sunday at 7:45 a.m. MT.

SWISS FALL IN SHOOTOUT

In Group B on Friday, Reto Berra did all he could in net but Switzerland lost 3-2 in a shootout to Finland.

Berra made 22 saves and stopped Finland's first four skaters in the shootout before Iiro Pakarinen scored in the fifth round to secure the win for the Finns. No Swiss players scored in the tiebreaker.

Switzerland will play Kazakhstan, last place in Group B, on Saturday at 11:45 a.m. MT.

Avalanche prospects Markus Lauridsen of Denmark and Jonas Holos of Norway did not have tournament games on Friday. Lauridsen and Denmark are seventh in Group A with a 1-3-0 record, while Holos has contributed two points (one goal and one assist) to help Denmark to fourth in Group A with a 2-2-0 mark.

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