2018 World Junior Championship Schedule Released


The schedule for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York is highlighted by the first ever outdoor game in IIHF competition, a tilt between defending champs Team USA and their cross-border rivals, Canada, on December 29, at New Era Field in nearby Orchard Park.

Canada and Team USA round out Group A, playing mainly out of KeyBank Center (home of the Buffalo Sabres), with Slovakia, Denmark, and a surprising Finnish squad that barely avoided relegation in 2017. The only exception will be the aforementioned outdoor game, played at the home of the Buffalo Bills, which can seat well over 70,000 people, and will surely be packed with fans from both sides, with Buffalo being a short drive from the Canadian border. Group B will split play between KeyBank Center and nearby HarborCenter, and features last year’s Semifinalists Russia and Sweden, along with Czechia, Switzerland, and newly-promoted Belarus.

Team USAย will surely be looking to successfully defend their title to win their fifth Championship, their first back-to-back title, and first on home ice. But Canada and Russia will both be looking to retake their spot atop the junior hockey world, while perennial contenders Sweden and Czechia will be lurking, and a determined Finnish squad will look to redeem themselves after last year’s shockingly pitiful performance.

The tournament schedule is as follows:

GROUP A – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GROUP B – ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Tuesday, December 26
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Wednedsay, December 27
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Thursday, December 28
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Friday, December 29
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus vs. Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Saturday, December 30
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus vs. Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Sunday, December 31
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Tuesday, January 2
Quarterfinal: A1 vs. B4
Quarterfinal: B1 vs. A4
Quarterfinal:A2 vs. B3
Quarterfinal: B2 vs. A3
Relegation Game #1
Thursday, January 4
Semifinal #1
Semifinal #2
Relegation Game #2
Friday, January 5
Goldย Medal Game
Bronze Medal Game
Relegation Game #3 (if necessary)

Theย IHLC champion for the tournament will be confirmed at the very latest by the Four Nations Cup in November, as we will know if the title made it past next month’s National Junior Evaluation Camp to a European squad, or if Canada or the defending champs will keep the title until Boxing Day. It is sure to be a fun ride en route to Buffalo!

Photo Credit: SportsnetIIHFHHOFIOC

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