Gotta See It: France’s Bellemare rejects player of game award


France's Pierre-Edouard Bellemare celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Ice Hockey World Championships group B match between France and Finland in the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, Sunday, May 7, 2017. (Petr David Josek/AP)

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare does not want to be given a player of the game award at the IIHF World Championship, he wants to earn one.

France completed a crazy upset over Finland on Sunday, beating last year’s finalists 5-1.

Bellemare had a goal and an assist in the win, and was deemed to be his team’s best performer of the night.

Except, according to Bellemare, goaltender Florian Hardy was much more worthy of the honour.

Hardy made 41 saves in the surprise win, which saw host-nation France move to 1-1 in the tournament.

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