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Chronicling William Nylander and Mitch Marner’s World Hockey Championships

In case you hadn’t heard, our sweet hockey boy William Nylander’s Team Sweden beat our sweet hockey boy Mitchell Marner’s Team Canada in a shootout in the gold medal game of the World Hockey Championship.

Nylander took home MVP of the tournament after posting seven goals and seven assists in ten games, good for a tie for third place in tournament points. Marner had a pretty decent tournament himself, posting four goals and eight assists for a total of 12 points in ten games. There were a whole lot of beautiful moments along the way for our perfect sons, so I’m going to make an attempt at telling this wonderful story from beginning to end.

May 5th – Opening day of the tournament

Team Sweden lost 2-1 in a shootout to Team Russia. Nylander didn’t record a point, but that’s obviously because he was playing with Carl Soderberg and William Karlsson. Nicklas Backstrom wasn’t there yet (this is some solid foreshadowing.) Nylander was also stopped by Andrei Vasilevsky on his shootout attempt.

Team Canada opened the tournament on the same day, beating the Czech Republic 4-1. Marner was held pointless on his 20th birthday, which is extremely rude of the Czech’s, but he didn’t seem to be bothered by it. His team won regardless.

The kid hasn’t changed a bit.

It’s not like he wasn’t still making plays, by the way.

Really gutless move by Mrazek to make that incredible save when all Marner wanted was a point on his birthday. Should’ve been suspended, in my opinion. That line of Marner, Brayden Point and Travis Konecny was extremely fun all tournament long.

May 6th

The next day, Nylander’s Team Sweden was back in action against Team Germany. Nylander was still anchored to Soderberg, but Karlsson was swapped out for Joel Eriksson Ek.

The first beautiful play Nylander made in this game was an assist on a Jonas Brodin goal to make it 4-2 Sweden.

The play starts with Nylander playing give and go with Eriksson Ek at the blue line. When he receives the return pass he has room in the middle of the ice until a German defender lunges at him. Nylander patiently side steps the defender and sends a perfect backhand pass across the slot to Brodin who one times a shot into the gaping cage. Also, every play looks even prettier with those jerseys on.

Nylander followed that up with a goal of his own to make it 6-2 and it was a perfect shot.

This goal was almost identical to one he scored against the Blue Jackets in the regular season.

Nylander wasn’t done yet, as he scored another pretty goal to make it 7-2 Sweden, which was the final score.

May 7

Marner’s Team Canada returned to action to face Team Slovenia, who are almost as bad as their jerseys. Marner had a goal and assist in Canada’s 7-2 victory despite playing less than 12 minutes and his goal was extremely pretty.

That is some display of patience from the kid and also hilarious defending by Slovenia. Marner also recorded the primary assist on Nathan MacKinnon’s hat trick goal on the powerplay.

May 8th

Both Nylander and Marner played hockey on this day, which means it was a very good Monday. Predictably, Canada ran over Belarus 6-0 and Marner recorded two assists to go along with four penalty minutes (goon).

Marner’s two assists came on the first two goals of the game and were both primary assists. The first one was the result of Marner putting a backhand pass right in Brayden Point’s wheelhouse, who hammered a one-timer into the net. The second was almost the exact same goal as the MacKinnon hat trick goal against Slovenia. Powerplay, Marner cross-ice pass to MacKinnon, MacKinnon snipe.

Later that day, Nylander was held off the scoresheet in a 4-3 loss to Team USA, but this happened.

I would like this to be a permanent fixture on the ice at the ACC.

May 11th

After two days off for both teams, Team Sweden returned to face Latvia and Team Canada faced off against Team France.

Nylander was held off the board in a 2-0 victory, but his happened.


Here is a nice, subtle play by Nylander in that game. This is pretty much all I could find.

Also, Backstrom announced on this day that he was headed to join Team Sweden after his Capitals lost to the Penguins in their second round matchup. Again.

Marner was also shutout in a 3-2 victory over France. Sad day for the kids.

May 12

Sweden was back in action the next day and they crushed Team Italy 8-1. Our beloved son William had three assists.

May 13

Team Canada apparently lost to Switzerland in overtime?! It doesn’t matter, though, because Marner had a goal and a primary assist in a 3-2 loss.

Marner’s goal was awesome, as he tried to pass the puck between his legs across the front of the net, but the puck ricocheted into the net off of a defender’s skate.

May 14th

The Nylander-Backstrom dynamic duo arrived in a 4-2 win over Denmark. Nylander recorded two goals and an assist while Backstrom had a goal and an assist. Nylander’s second goal was perfect, just like himself.

His first goal was also a very nice finish off of a great feed from John Klingberg.

This is a good tweet.

May 15th

Team Canada beat Norway 5-0 and Marner recorded one assist after a great back check.

May 16th

Both Canada and Sweden recorded wins on the final day of the preliminary round. Sweden beat Slovakia 4-2 and Nylander recorded a beautiful goal off of a nice feed from Backstrom.

Later that day, Marner put on a show against Finland, scoring twice and adding an assist. This goal was crazy.

Again showing off the patience and that curl and drag across the middle of the ice. Gorgeous. He was just flying in this game.

Marner also lost half of a front tooth and seemed kind’ve excited about it.

Full game highlights:

May 18th

Team Canada drew Germany in their quarterfinal matchup while Sweden drew Switzerland. Canada pulled out a surprisingly close 2-1 victory and Marner recorded a powerplay assist.

In Sweden’s quarterfinal, Nylander led the team to a 3-1 victor over Switzerland with two goals and an assist. The goal was outrageous

First of all, that was an unbelievable pass by Oliver Ekman-Larsson, but that finish by William was fire emoji. I want that video on a loop on my ceiling so I can wake up to that goal every morning.

May 20th

This set up semi-final match-ups of Finland vs. Sweden and Canada vs. Russia.

Marner didn’t record a point in a 4-2 Canadian victory, but after the game was named one of Canada’s three best players along with Tim Horton’s enthusiast Ryan O’Reilly and Mark Scheiffele.

Later on, Sweden beat Finland 4-1 and Nylander recorded another goal and assist. His goal was another pretty give and go with, surprise, Nick Backstrom.

May 21st

This set up the perfect conclusion to the tournament: Marner vs. Nylander. Sweden won the game 2-1 in a shootout (it’s very dumb that the finals can conclude in a shootout) and William was so very happy.

MVP. No big deal.

Then he celebrated with his friends.


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In fact, they were still celebrating the next day.

Then these two perfect young boys went on to win several Stanley Cups together.

The end.

  • Glen

    Both Nylander and Marner had an excellent tournament At this point Nylander seems a bit more mature physically. It will be interesting to see how those two develop towards their peak.