2022 Olympic hockey in review: Canada reclaims gold as Finns earn first title – NBC Olympics

As great a story as the Finns were, though, no story from the men’s tournament trumps that of the incredible run for Slovakia, let by 17-year-old wunderkind Juraj Slafkovsky.

Slafkovsky, likely to be an early first-round pick in the upcoming 2022 NHL Entry Draft, was the best player on Slovakia by a significant margin. He led all men’s players competing in Beijing with seven goals and was voted the MVP of the tournament. And, the cherry on top, he led Slovakia to its first-ever hockey medal at the Olympics.

Again, he is just 17 years old and is still wearing braces.

“We believe in him,” said Slovakia head coach Craig Ramsay after Slafkovsky’s two-goal performance in the bronze medal game. “What we thought going into this tournament was, ‘Could he just score a goal?’ He did it in spades.

“It was quite a performance.”