Blackhawks’ Marcus Kruger wins gold with Sweden at World Championship

The Chicago forward claims his second medal in as many years for Sweden.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger is leaving the World Championship with yet another medal.

The 26-year-old center won a gold medal with Sweden’s 2-1 shootout victory over two-time defending champion Canada on Sunday at Lanxness Arena in Cologne, Germany.

It’s the first Worlds medal for Kruger since 2011 when he won silver.

Kruger three assists in 10 games during the tournament. It’s the second medal Kruger has won in as many years with Sweden. He won bronze with Sweden at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and claimed silver at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. He scored five goals and 17 points in 70 games this season for Chicago.

Kruger wasn’t the only Blackhawk to win a medal in the tournament as forward Artemi Panarin took bronze with Russia. Panarin also led the tournament with 17 points and was named to the all-tournament team.

All five Blackhawks playing in the tournament made the quarterfinal round with their respective countries. Defenseman Michal Kempny and the Czech Republic fell to Russia while forward Nick Schmaltz and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk lost to Finland.