Jake McCabe, USA, Bring Home World Junior Gold

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Wisconsin's Jake McCabe and Team USA. were able to secure a gold medal with a 3-1 victory over Sweden on Saturday.

For the second time in four years, Team U.S.A. is coming home with gold medals around their necks. Behind an outstanding goaltending effort from John Gibson, the American's were able to deposit of the Czech Republic and Canada in the medal round before knocking off Sweden in the gold medal game 3-1 on Saturday morning.

There were plenty of hero's on the American side of things, but team captain--and Wisconsin defenseman--Jake McCabe was one of the stars wearing red, white, and blue the entire tournament. McCabe finished the tournament with three goals and three assists in seven games and carried a team high +9 rating.

For his efforts, the Eau Claire, Wis. native McCabe was named to the All-Tournament team. Other all-tournament team members included Jacob Trouba (USA), John Gibson (USA), John Gaudreau (USA), Filip Forsberg (Sweden), and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Canada).

After the game McCabe was interviewed on the NHL Network broadcast, and spoke about the commitment to a total team effort.

"Guys fought hard all game, right until the end. Blocking shots, doing whatever it takes to win," McCabe said.

"It's a fantastic feeling, and it couldn't have been done with a better group of guys."

NHL Network analyst EJ Hradek raved about "Captain America" after the gold medal victory for the United States.

"The guy that wears the "C" always carries a little bit of extra pressure, and I think Jake McCabe really handled himself terrifically in this tournament," Hradek said.

"He handled that pressure, ended up with a couple of goals against Canada, big goals in the semi-final game. In the tough, rough areas of the game, Jake McCabe, he led, he blocked shots, helped the penalty kill, terrific tournament from the young guy from the University of Wisconsin."

McCabe is the 21st Wisconsin Badger to earn a medal at the World Junior Championships, and the ninth to bring home the gold. McCabe is also the second Badger captain to capture gold, following in the footsteps of Derek Stepan in 2010.

Wisconsin was also represented on the coaching staff, and in team management. Former Wisconsin player, and assistant coach Mark Osiecki was an assistant coach on this squad, and former UW player Jim Johannson was the general manager of the American squad.

After the game, McCabe tweeted a picture of his medal with a message for those back home.

Wisconsin Badgers to play in the WJC

Jake McCabe (USA)

2013 (Gold)

John Ramage (USA)

2010 (Gold), 2011 (Bronze)

Derek Stepan (USA)

2010 (Gold)

Jake Gardiner (USA)

2010 (Gold)

Ryan McDonagh (USA)

2009

Cody Goloubef (Canada)

2009 (Gold)

Kyle Turris (Canada)

2008 (Gold)

Jamie McBain (USA)

2007 (Bronze), 2008

Blake Geoffrion (USA)

2007 (Bronze), 2008

Jack Skille (USA)

2006, 2007 (Bronze)

Jake Dowell (USA)

2004 (Gold), 2005

Jeff Likens (USA)

2004 (Gold), 2005

Ryan Suter (USA)

2003, 2004 (Gold), 2005

Dany Heatley (Canada)

2000 (Bronze), 2001 (Bronze)

Brad Winchester (USA)

2000

David Tanabe (USA)

1999

Matt Doman (USA)

1999

Dustin Kuk (USA)

1998

Dan Tompkins (USA)

1995

Jim Carey (USA)

1993

Mark Strobel (USA)

1993

Brian Rafalski (USA)

1992 (Bronze), 1993

Chris Tucker (USA)

1992 (Bronze)

Sean Hill (USA)

1990

Jason Zent (USA)

1990

Barry Richter (USA)

1989, 1990

Rodger Sykes (USA)

1989

Rob Mendel (USA)

1988

Paul Ranheim (USA)

1986 (Bronze)

Scott Mellanby (USA)

1986 (Silver)

Mike Richter (USA)

1985, 1986 (Bronze)

Gary Suter (USA)

1984

Marty Wiitala (USA)

1984

Tony Granato (USA)

1983, 1984

Jim Johannson (USA)

1983, 1984

Ernie Vargas (USA)

1983

Pat Flatley (Canada)

1983 (Bronze)

Tim Thomas (USA)

1982, 1983

Chris Chelios (USA)

1982

Charlie Lundeen (USA)

1982

John Johannson (USA)

1981

Pat Ethier (USA)

1980, 1981

Brian Mullen (USA)

1980, 1981

Lexi Doner (USA)

1980

Todd Lecy (USA)

1980

Peter Johnson (USA)

1979

Ron Griffin (USA)

1978

Scott Lecy (USA)

1978

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