The U.S. men’s hockey team took bronze at the world championship, beating Germany 6-1 in Riga, Latvia, on Sunday.
The Americans earned bronze for the fourth time in the last eight world championship tournaments dating to 2013. Its last silver at a standalone worlds was in 1950. Its last gold at a standalone worlds was in 1933.
The U.S. was the best team in group play, going 6-1. After beating Slovakia 6-1 in the quarterfinals, it lost to Canada 4-2 in the semifinals on Saturday.
Canada and Finland play for gold later Sunday.
The U.S. roster included one player with Olympic experience, 2018 Olympic forward Ryan Donato, and one player who made an NHL All-Star team, forward Brian Boyle.
Captain Justin Abdelkader missed the entire playoff round due to a lower-body injury.
Canada’s team also lacked all of its NHL superstars, some of whom are still in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The NHL did not participate in the 2018 Olympics, but is expected to send players to the Winter Games next year.
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