Thomas Chabot named MVP of World Junior Championship

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Canadian workhorse defenseman Thomas Chabot was voted Most Valuable Player of the 2017 World Junior Championship.

He's the first defenseman in world junior history to win the honor, first given out in 2002.

Also named the top defenseman, Chabot scored four goals. He recorded at least a point in every game for the Canadians, including the opening goal in the gold-medal final Thursday versus the United States.

Russia's Kirill Kaprizov, who led the tournament with nine goals, was named the top forward, while Sweden's Felix Sandstrom took top goaltending honors as selected by the directorate.

Chabot and Kaprizov were named to the tournament's All-Star team, while Russian netminder Ilya Samsonsov replaced Sandstrom in that group (chosen by the media). Also included were U.S. defender Charlie McAvoy and forward Clayton Keller, as well as Sweden's Alexander Nylander.

Thomas Chabot named MVP of World Junior Championship
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