It is December, which can mean only one thing: the IIHF World Junior Championship is here.
The world’s best under-20 hockey players will hit the ice in a battle for supremacy and bragging rights. The defending champion United States is aiming for the nation’s first-ever back-to-back titles. But don’t expect this to be a cakewalk for the Americans.
Canada is once again playing on home soil and has the memory of a perfect 2021 tournament squashed by the U.S. in the ultimate game. And, with fans expected to return to the stands, Hockey Canada will surely be aiming for a golden return for the first time at home since 2015.
As always, the World Juniors are expected to be packed with big goals, big saves and ever bigger wins. With national pride on the line, the battle for gold will be fierce. Here’s all you need to know about the tournament, including the complete schedule of games and how to watch them in the United States and Canada.
When do the World Juniors start?
While the 2021 tournament was expanded by a day due to games being held on one rink only, the 2022 edition is back to the normal dates of Boxing Day to Jan. 5.
The group stage, with two groups of five teams each, will span the first seven days of competition and end on New Year’s Eve. The eight surviving teams will have New Year’s Day off before returning to action for the quarterfinals on Jan. 2. The winners of those games will advance to the semifinals two days later. The bronze-medal and gold-medal games will take place Wednesday, Jan. 5.
How to watch World Juniors hockey games on TV, live stream
All 31 games of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship will be broadcast live on TSN in Canada with French-language coverage on RDS.
NHL Network is the only place to watch the World Juniors in the United States. It will carry live coverage of Team USA along with every other game for the first time ever.
Those without cable can stream the World Juniors on TSN.ca, the TSN app or with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial (U.S. only).
World Juniors schedule 2022
Sunday, Dec. 26
Monday, Dec. 27
Tuesday, Dec. 28
Wednesday, Dec. 29
Thursday, Dec. 30
Friday, Dec. 31
Sunday, Jan. 2
Tuesday, Jan. 4
Wednesday, Jan. 5
Where is the 2022 World Junior Championship?
The 2022 World Junior Championship will take place in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta. USA Hockey will play its round-robin games at WP Centrium in Red Deer while Hockey Canada’s games and the playoffs will be at Rogers Place.
Originally, the 2022 tournament was scheduled to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was shifted back to Canada for the 16th time in history. After the lost revenue from 2021’s fanless tournament in Edmonton’s bubble, Sweden okayed swapping years with Canada. Gothenburg will now host in 2024. Russia (Omsk and Novosibirsk) is slated to host in 2023.
This year marks the fourth time Edmonton will host World Juniors games. In 1995, Canada topped the podium; in 2012, Sweden won and the Canadians finished third in Alberta’s capital; in 2021 the United States beat Canada for gold.
2022 World Junior Championship groups
Ten teams, divided into two groups of five, are participating in the 2022 World Junior Championship.
Teams will play four preliminary games apiece in a round-robin format within their group, followed by a three-round playoff.
In the group stage, teams earn three points for a regulation win, two points for an overtime win and one point for an overtime loss. The top four teams from each group advance to a cross-over quarterfinal game: 1A vs. 4B, 1B vs. 4A, 2A vs. 3B and 2B vs. 3A. Winning teams are then reseeded for the semifinals.
Teams that advance to the final day of competition (bronze-medal or gold-medal game) will play seven games total.
World Juniors odds 2022
Canada opened as +125 favorites to reclaim the gold medal at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, according to Sports Interaction. The Canadians have won the tournament 18 times since 1977, nearly as many as all other nations combined (27).
The United States, Russia, Finland and Sweden round out the top five countries most likely to win gold in 2022.
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When is Canada vs. USA?
For now, this year’s tournament will not see a Battle of North America. With the two countries in different groups, fingers and toes will have to be crossed that they’ll square off in a do-or-die playoff matchup.
Who won the World Juniors in 2021?
The United States shocked a heavily favored Canadian squad 2-0 in the gold-medal game. Alex Turcotte’s first-period tally was the first 5-on-5 goal Canada allowed the entire tournament. Trevor Zegras’s goal in the second added a little insurance and Spencer Knight, who now plies his trade with the Panthers, earned the shutout.
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World Junior Championships winners
Who has won the most medals?
* Includes medals won as the Soviet Union and CIS
+ Includes medals won as Czechoslovakia
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