2020 World Junior Championship Schedule Released


The schedule for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ostrava and Tล™inec, Czechia has been released, with the host nation opening the tournament against rivals Russia, while defending champion Finland opens their defence against border rival Sweden.

Group A, playing at the Werk Arena in Tล™inec, features the 2019 champions Finland, along with Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia and the surprising Kazakhstan. The opening tilt will feature the top two contenders in the group, as Sweden is still riding a 48-game preliminary undefeated streak at the World Juniors, while the Leijonat are riding high from their stunning victory in Vancouver one year ago. The Swiss, the surprising fourth place finishers from Vancouver, will again look to play spoiler, while Slovakia and Kazakhstan will certainly look to surprise as well.

Group B, from the Ostravar Arรฉna in Ostrava, includes the host Czechs, Russia, Canada, newly-promoted Germany and the United States. Team USA will look to avenge their heartbreaking silver medal finish in 2019, while Canada looks to regain in the medal round after failing to medal in front of their home crowd. The Czechs will obviously want a strong performance in front of the home crowd, while the Russian will be looking to break Czech hearts on enemy ice, and the Germans will want to be the spoilers of the group.

The tournament schedule is as follows:

GROUP A – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐย ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
GROUP B – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟย ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชย ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Thursday, 26 December
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย Finland vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Friday, 27 December
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Saturday, 28 December
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland vs. Swedenย ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Canada vs. Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Sunday, 29 December
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Kazakhstan ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Monday, 30 December
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Czechia vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Tuesday, 31 December
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia vs. Swedenย ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany vs. Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Thursday, 02 January
Quarterfinal: A1 vs. B4
Quarterfinal: B1 vs. A4
Relegation Game #1
Quarterfinal: A2 vs. B3
Quarterfinal: B2 vs. A3
Saturday, 04 January
Semifinal #1
Semifinal #2
Relegation Game #2
Sunday, 05 January
Goldย Medal Game
Bronze Medal Game
Relegation Game #3 (if necessary)

The IHLC champion for the tournament will be confirmed likely in the preliminary lead-up to the tournament, but the contenders will emerge at this summer’sย National Junior Evaluation Camp, to see who will carry the crown into the “Land of the Bohemian crown.”

Photo Credit: 2015 World Ice Hockey ChampionshipIIHFHHOFIOC

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