Columbus Blue Jackets Make Their Mark at 2019 IIHF World Championships

By Chris Pennington on May 27, 2019 at 11:19 am
Pierre-Luc Dubois, despite a finals loss, had seven points for his Canada club throughout the tournament.

The Columbus Blue Jackets got to shine on an international stage during the past few weeks.

Three members of the Blue Jackets earned medals at this years' 2019 IIHF World Championships - while the club had seven players total participating. 

Veini Vehviläinen's, a sixth-round draft pick by Columbus in 2018, earned a gold medal as Finland took him the title game. Vehviläinen did not play in the final three games of the tournament run for Finland, but the young goaltender still has bragging rights over his other Blue Jacket teammates for the next calendar year.

One in particular being Pierre-Luc Dubois, whose Canada team was who lost to Finland in the finals. Even with the loss, though, Dubois had a tournament to remember. In eight games, Dubois racked up seven points, including the primary assist on an overtime goal in a quarterfinal victory over Switzerland.

The final club member to earn a medal this year was defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov, after a third-place game win over the Czech Republic. Gavrikov did not register a point in the tournament, but recorded a +2 rating along the way.

Rounding out the list of Blue Jackets featured in Worlds' this year were Zach Werenski (United States), Alexander Wennberg (Sweden), Elvis Merzlikins (Latvia) and Alexandre Texer (France). 

Wennberg stood out most among the non-medal winners, putting up 10 points in six games, tied for 14th amongst all players in the tournament. Texier had three points, while Werenski did not make it on the score sheet.

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