2019 World Junior Championship Schedule Released


The schedule for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia has been released, with host nations and defending champions Canada opening the tournament on Boxing Day against Denmark, and facing Russiaย in their New Year’s tilt to end the group round.

Group A in Vancouver is highlighted by the defending champs and Russia, who will both be fighting for the top of the group for ideal elimination round positioning, with Czechia, Switzerland and Denmark rounding out the group. Group B in Victoria features the 2018 runners-up Sweden, 2017 champions Sweden, a rebounding Finland squad, Slovakia and Kazakhstan, who was promoted back into the Top Division for the first time in a decade.

Canada will look to capture their first championship on home ice since 2015, while Sweden and the United States will both look to play spoiler, particularly the latter as the host cities sit very close to the American border with Washington state, so a contingent of American fans will surely make the trip to support their squad. Look for the likes of Czechia, Finland and Slovakia to play dark horses, while the likes of Denmark and Kazakhstan will likely be the ones fighting to avoid relegation.

The tournament schedule is as follows:

GROUP A – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟย ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
GROUP B – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟย ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐย ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Wednesday, December 26
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟย Czechia vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Canada vs. Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐย Slovakia vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย Finland vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Thursday, December 27
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Kazakhstan ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Friday, December 28
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Saturday, December 29
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Canada vs. Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Sunday, December 30
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Monday, December 31
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Wednesday, January 2
Quarterfinal: A1 vs. B4
Quarterfinal: B1 vs. A4
Relegation Game #1
Quarterfinal: A2 vs. B3
Quarterfinal: B2 vs. A3
Friday, January 4
Semifinal #1
Semifinal #2
Relegation Game #2
Saturday, 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 this month’s National Junior Evaluation Camp to a European squad, or if the U.S. or the defending champs will keep the title until Boxing Day. We will know very soon!

Photo Credit: Vancouver ProvinceIIHFHHOFIOC

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