It was a bittersweet moment.
The Americans beat Canada 5-4 in a thrilling shootout to capture the gold medal at the world junior hockey championship in Montreal.
But Rangers fans took solace in seeing winger Jeremy Bracco on the winning side.
The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect was the first Rangers player to win a gold medal since goalie John Gibson did it in 2013 also with the United States.
Bracco returned a champ but never played another game for Kitchener as he was traded to Windsor soon after for a package of draft picks and players.