It is essentially the most great time of the yr. The IIHF World Junior Championship is right here.
As soon as once more, one of the best under-20 hockey gamers from across the globe will convene to find out which nation has one of the best crop of juniors. This time the setting is Canada, the place the hometown group is aiming for back-to-back gold. The odds-on favorite entering the 12-day event boasts a roster jam-packed with NHL first-round draft picks — 20 of 25 — and NHL-caliber expertise, together with group captain and Blackhawks ahead Kirby Dach.
Do not anticipate this to be a cakewalk, nonetheless; Workforce Canada will face stiff competitors from Russia, which it defeated within the gold-medal recreation final yr; a extremely expert American squad; and a Swedish roster that sports activities an Oilers prospect, Philip Broberg, as captain.
WORLD JUNIORS: Breakdown of every NHL team’s prospects playing
As all the time, the World Juniors are anticipated to be full of huge targets, huge saves and ever larger wins. With nationwide pleasure on the road, the battle for gold will likely be fierce. This is all you might want to know in regards to the match.
The place is the 2021 World Junior Championship?
The 2021 World Junior Championship will happen in Edmonton, Alta.
This yr’s match initially was scheduled to be held in Edmonton and Purple Deer, Alta., however the want for a safe bubble led Hockey Canada to maneuver the complete occasion to the place the NHL performed summer season hockey. The WJC is about to hit the ice in each cities, with followers — fingers crossed — in 2022.
This yr marks the third time Edmonton will host World Juniors video games. In 1995, Canada topped the rostrum; in 2012, Sweden received and the Canadians completed third in Alberta’s capital.
When will the 2021 World Junior Championship happen?
As a result of groups are taking part in on only one rink at Rogers Place, this yr’s match consists of an additional day of competitors. The match will start Christmas Day with a tripleheader.
The group stage, with two teams of 5 groups every, will span the primary seven days of competitors and finish on New 12 months’s Eve. The eight surviving groups may have New 12 months’s Break day earlier than returning to motion for the quarterfinals on Jan. 2. The winners of these video games will advance to the semifinals two days later. The bronze-medal and gold-medal video games will happen Sunday, Jan. 5.
How has COVID-19 impacted the match?
From the leap, the match has felt the pandemic. The placement was modified to a bubble in Edmonton. Then got here the optimistic circumstances. Canada spent 14 days in quarantine throughout its choice camp earlier than sending a handful of gamers house. Workforce USA misplaced two key gamers, John Beecher and Thomas Bordeleau. Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden have been impacted as nicely.
What channel is the World Junior Championship being aired on?
- TV channel (U.S.): NHL Community
- TV channel (Canada): TSN
- Dwell stream (Canada): TSN Direct
In an unprecedented transfer, each World Juniors recreation will likely be aired stay on NHL Community and TSN.
Which groups are within the 2021 World Junior Championship?
Ten groups, divided into two teams of 5, are taking part.
|Group A||Group B|
When is Canada vs. USA?
For now, this yr’s match is not going to see a Battle of North America. With the 2 nations in several teams, fingers and toes should be crossed that they’re going to sq. off in a do-or-die matchup.
Full schedule for the 2021 World Junior Championship
Taking part groups are every assured 4 group-stage video games. Groups that advance to the ultimate day of competitors (bronze-medal or gold-medal recreation) will play seven contests whole.
(All instances Japanese)
|FRIDAY, DEC. 25|
|Switzerland vs. Slovakia||2 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Germany vs. Finland||6 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Russia vs. USA||9:30 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|SATURDAY, DEC. 26|
|Sweden vs. Czech Republic||2 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Germany vs. Canada||6 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|USA vs. Austria||9:30 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|SUNDAY, DEC. 27|
|Finland vs. Switzerland||2 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Slovakia vs. Canada||6 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Czech Republic vs. Russia||9:30 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|MONDAY, DEC. 28|
|Austria vs. Sweden||6 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Slovakia vs. Germany||9:30 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|TUESDAY, DEC. 29|
|USA vs. Czech Republic||2 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Canada vs. Switzerland||6 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Austria vs. Russia||9:30 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30|
|Finland vs. Slovakia||2 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Switzerland vs. Germany||6 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Russia vs. Sweden||9:30 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|THURSDAY, DEC. 31|
|Czech Republic vs. Austria||2 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Canada vs. Finland||6 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Sweden vs. United States||9:30 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|SATURDAY, JAN. 2|
|Quarterfinal||3:30 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Quarterfinal||7 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Quarterfinal||10:30 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|MONDAY, JAN. 4|
|Semifinal||6 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Semifinal||9:30 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|TUESDAY, JAN. 5|
|Bronze-medal recreation||5:30 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
|Gold-medal recreation||9:30 p.m.||TSN, NHLN|
Who received the 2020 World Junior Championship?
Canada received the gold medal final yr, defeating Russia within the last. It was the nation’s 18th title.
Who has received the World Junior Championships within the final 10 years?
|12 months||Winner||Host nation|
Which nations have received essentially the most medals on the World Junior Championship?
* Consists of medals received because the Soviet Union and CIS
+ Consists of medals received as Czechoslovakia