No gold, but Thornton wins MVP

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:41 AM ET

VIENNA, Austria -- It was like winning Miss Congeniality for Joe Thornton.

Named MVP of the IIHF World Hockey Championships, Thornton and linemate Rick Nash were voted tournament all-stars and Wade Redden was named the top defenceman.

Maybe it'll mean more today, next week or next month, but accepting the awards as the Czech Republic players wore gold medals around their necks just didn't do it.

The three, however, didn't devalue their honours. Far from it.

"It's a big stepping stone in my career," said Thornton. "It's a negative part, not winning the gold medal. But you have to take it as a positive. I played with a great bunch of guys and I was proud to represent Canada. Hopefully, I'll get to come back."

Thornton led the tournament in scoring with 16 points on six goals and 10 assists.

Nash led in goals with nine.

"It was a dream come true for me to play for Canada," said Nash. "I hope I can do it for a long time to come."

Asked why he wasn't wearing his silver medal, he looked at the other Canadian players.

"Nobody else is," he said.

"It was gold we wanted."

Redden, the Lloydminster product said he'll take the top defenceman of the tournament honours as a compliment.

"It's a feather in my cap, I guess. It's hard to really appreciate it at this time.

"It was a great experience. Playing with these guys was a lot of fun.

"It's my third time with this team but this year, because of the lockout, was different than the first two."


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