On Sunday, the Czechs had a come-from-behind victory over the United States to win the Bronze medal in the 2022 IIHF World Championships. The final score was 8-4, as the Czechs scored six times during the third period. Washington Capitals defenseman, Michal Kempny, was part of the Bronze medal-winning team.
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While Kempny did not record any points for the Czechs, he played in eight games for them, joining his national team once the Caps were eliminated from the playoffs. He generally played on the top defensive pairing for the Czechs.
Below, Kempny shows off his bronze medal.
Photo: Kempny’s Instagram
In addition to Kempny, former Capitals forward, Jakub Vrana was also on the Czech team. Vrana played for the Capitals from 2016-17 through 2020-21 until he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings at the trade deadline for Anthony Mantha.
Vrana’s father, Karel, also showed pictures of the Bronze medal from his Instagram account.
The losing USA team lineup featured former Caps defenseman, Nate Schmidt. Schmidt played with the Caps from 2015-16 through 2016-17 before the Las Vegas Knights selected him in the 2017 Expansion Draft.
The hosting country, Finland, ultimately won the Gold Medal by beating Canada 4-3 in Overtime.
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