Loss trumps any honour

TERRY JONES

, Last Updated: 7:41 AM ET

QUEBEC CITY -- Dany Heatley accomplished something here that has never been done before. But it will take a while before he feels good about it.

The Team Canada winger was selected as the best forward and most valuable player in the world hockey championship, becoming the first player ever to earn MVP honours twice. He won it four years ago in Prague, as well.

Heatley also set Team Canada modern-day records for goals (12) and points (20).

But when you lose the gold medal game in overtime, individual honours are difficult to celebrate.

"It doesn't mean much, right now. We're very disappointed," Heatley said, adding that he and he and his teammates will have to live with the knowledge that they probably blew this game "trying to protect that lead a little too much."

Canada's Brent Burns was selected top defenceman and Russia's Evgeni Nabokov top goalie while Maple Leafs' Tomas Kaberle of the Czech Republic was picked for the first all-star team. -- Jones


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