Andersson on tossing silver medal: 'Guy in the stands' wanted it more

BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 4: Lias Andersson #24 of Sweden passes the puck from behind the United States net in the first period during the IIHF World Junior Championship at KeyBank Center on January 4, 2018 in Buffalo, New York.
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Team Sweden will return home with silver medals for their efforts at the world juniors. That is, except for captain Lias Andersson.

The New York Rangers first-round pick hurled his silver medal into the crowd following Friday's 3-1 loss to Canada. Afterward, Andersson admitted he didn't regret the decision.

"There was one guy in the stands who wanted it more than me," Andersson told reporters. "So I decided to give it to him, I think he deserved it.

"I was just going to have it home in some box or whatever."

Andersson previously won a silver medal with Sweden at the World Under-18 Championships and it appears it was another achievement he doesn't hold in high regard.

"I have a silver medal from the U-18 worlds and I haven't checked it in two years since I lost last time. So I don't regret it," Andersson said.

Andersson finished this year's tournament with six goals and seven points in seven games.