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Most Valuable Player of the recent 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship has been named. SKA-1946 St. Petersburg and Team Russia forward Matvei Michkov, who led Junior Hockey League in goal-scoring in the 2020-21 season, received the honors.
In the gold-medal game of the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship Team Russia lost to Team Canada by a score of 5-3. Matvei Michkov scored a goal and picked up two assists for a total of three points in that game and finished on top the tournament in scoring. SKA-1946 St. Petersburg forward scored 12 goals and added four assists for a total of 16 points.
Having scored a goal in the gold-medal game the 16-year-old forward from Russia is now placed third all-time in goals at U18 IIHF World Championship among Russian players. Alexander Ovechkin is ahead of the pack with 23 goals in 14 games. Ilya Kovalchuk is second with 13 goals in 12 games. Matvei Michkov edged Nikita Kucherov, who has scored 11 goals in 7 games, and Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has scored 11 goals in 14 games.
Michkov was also selected to the tournaments All-Star Team along with another St. Petersburg representative on Team Russia – SKA-Varyagi goaltender Sergei Ivanov. Aside from Russian players the All-Star team boasts Brandt Clark (Team Canada) and Aleksi Helmosalmi (Team Finland), as well as forward Connor Bedard (Team Canada) and Samu Tuomalla (Team Finland).
Following the conclusion of the 2020-21 Parimatch Junior Hockey League season Matvei Michkov won two individual awards as the league’s top goal-scorer and best rookie. SKA-1946 St. Petersburg forward scored 38 goals and notched 18 assists for a total of 56 points in 56 games. He also added a goal and two assists for three points in five Kharlamov Cup Playoffs games, setting several new Junior Hockey League records along the way.