2011 IIHF World U20 Championships
2011 IIHF U-20 Championship logo.jpg
Tournament details
Host nation Flag of the United States United States
Dates December 26, 2010 – January 5, 2011
Teams 10
Venue(s) HSBC Arena and
Dwyer Arena (in 2 host cities)
Champions Flag of Russia.png Russia (4 titles)
Tournament statistics
Games played 31
Goals scored 201  (6.48 per game)
Scoring leader(s) Flag of Canada Brayden Schenn (18 points)

The 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship, commonly referred to as the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships (2011 WJHC), was the 2011 edition of the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and was hosted by the United States.[1] The games were played in Western New York, at HSBC Arena in Buffalo and Niagara University's Dwyer Arena in Lewiston.[2] Russia won the gold medal with a 5–3 victory over Canada in the championship game, after completing the biggest comeback in the WJHC history. Being down 3–0 after two periods, the Russians scored five goals in the third period to capture their first WJHC gold medal since 2003. The host team, the United States, won the bronze medal with a 4–2 win over Sweden.

Bid process[edit | edit source]

Co-host of the 2005 tournament, Grand Forks, North Dakota, also submitted a bid to host the 2011 tournament. In addition, Detroit was mentioned as a possible host city.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Exhibition games[edit | edit source]

A series of five exhibition games were held between several of the teams at Sports Centre at MCC in Brighton, New York and the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena in Jamestown, New York in conjunction with, and immediately prior to, the tournament.

Preliminary round[edit | edit source]

The Preliminary Round robin consisted of two pools of five teams each, played in a round robin format. The United States (Pool A) and Sweden (Pool B) went undefeated to finish first in their respective pools and earn an automatic berth in the semifinals. To qualify for the quarterfinals, Canada and Russia finished second and third in Pool B while Finland and Switzerland did likewise in Pool A. The remaining teams, Slovakia, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Norway were sent to the relegation round.

Relegation round[edit | edit source]

In the relegation round, Slovakia and Norway played in the first game, with Slovakia winning 5–0. The Czech Republic defeated Germany 3–2 in the second game. After the first day of action, the final results were decided and the remaining games were meaningless. Germany lost to Norway 3–1 and the Czech Republic defeated Slovakia 5–2 in the final relegation games. Norway and Germany were relegated to Division I for the 2012 tournament.[3]

Medal round[edit | edit source]

Quarterfinals[edit | edit source]

The first quarterfinal game saw Russia take on Finland. Russia trailed by two goals late in the game, but scored twice to tie and send it to overtime. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the game winning goal in overtime.[4] In the other quarterfinal, Canada easily defeated Switzerland 4–1.

Semifinals[edit | edit source]

The first semi-final featured Russia and Sweden. Controversy erupted in the second period as an apparent icing call on Russia was waved off by the on-ice officials, allowing the Russians to score and take a 2–0 lead. The Swedish team protested the non-call, but the goal stood. The Swedes did forge a comeback and took a 3–2 lead in the third period, but the Russians scored late to force overtime for the second consecutive game. The game went to a shootout with Russia winning, 4–3.[5] The second semifinal was a highly anticipated rematch of the previous year's gold medal game between Canada and the United States, the defending champions. In front of a mainly Canadian crowd that made the trip to Buffalo, Canada earned a berth in the final with a 4–1 victory over their American rivals.[6]

Fifth place game[edit | edit source]

The fifth place game featured the losing teams of the quarter-final games. Switzerland defeated Finland 3–2 in a shootout to take fifth place.[3]

Bronze medal game[edit | edit source]

The United States defeated Sweden 4–2 to win the bronze medal, its first ever WJHC medal on home soil.[7]

Gold medal game[edit | edit source]

The gold medal game was a clash between the hockey powerhouses of Canada and Russia. The game marked Canada's tenth consecutive appearance in the final, while the Russians had lost three straight gold medal games to Canada and were looking to avenge an embarrassing sixth place finish the year before. Canada, who beat the Russians 6–3 to open the round robin, held a seemingly commanding 3–0 lead after two periods. However, the Russians again fought back and scored five unanswered goals in the third, including two in a span of 13 seconds, to win the game 5–3 and capture the gold medal. It was Russia's first gold medal since 2003 and Canada's second straight silver medal finish. Brayden Schenn of Canada was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.[8]

The game delivered one of the largest television audiences in Canadian history, with an average of 6.88 million viewers watching on TSN and another 652,000 watching the French language broadcast on RDS. An estimated half of Canadians watched a portion or all of the game.[9]

Top division[edit | edit source]

Rosters[edit | edit source]

Preliminary round[edit | edit source]

Group A[edit | edit source]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts Advanced to
Flag of the United States.png United States of America 4 3 1 0 0 15 4 11 Semifinals
Flag of Finland.png Finland 4 3 0 1 0 17 4 10 Quarterfinals
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 4 2 0 0 2 11 13 6 Quarterfinals
Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia 4 0 1 0 3 7 19 2 Relegation round
Flag of Germany.png Germany 4 0 0 1 3 5 15 1 Relegation round

All times local (EST/UTC-5)

December 26, 2010
12:30
Germany Flag of Germany.png 3–4
(0–4, 1–0, 2–0)
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland HSBC Arena
Attendance: 13,629
December 26, 2010
20:00
Finland Flag of Finland.png 2 – 3 OT
(0–1, 1–1, 1–0)
(OT: 0–1)
Flag of the United States.png United States of America HSBC Arena
Attendance: 14,093
December 27, 2010
19:00
Slovakia Flag of Slovakia.png 2 – 1 OT
(0–0, 1–1, 0–0)
(OT: 1–0)
Flag of Germany.png Germany HSBC Arena
Attendance: 12,942
December 28, 2010
12:30
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 0–4
(0–1, 0–1, 0–2)
Flag of Finland.png Finland HSBC Arena
Attendance: 13,518
December 28, 2010
20:00
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 6–1
(2–0, 4–1, 0–0)
Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia HSBC Arena
Attendance: 12,750
December 29, 2010
15:30
Finland Flag of Finland.png 5–1
(1–0, 3–0, 1–1)
Flag of Germany.png Germany HSBC Arena
Attendance: 14,362
December 30, 2010
15:00
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 6–4
(3–1, 1–1, 2–2)
Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia HSBC Arena
Attendance: 12,731
December 30, 2010
19:00
Germany Flag of Germany.png 0–4
(0–2, 0–2, 0–0)
Flag of the United States.png United States of America HSBC Arena
Attendance: 15,276
December 31, 2010
12:30
Slovakia Flag of Slovakia.png 0–6
(0–3, 0–3, 0–0)
Flag of Finland.png Finland HSBC Arena
Attendance: 13,371
December 31, 2010
20:00
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 2–1
(1–1, 1–0, 0–0)
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland HSBC Arena
Attendance: 13,417

Group B[edit | edit source]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts Advanced to
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 4 3 1 0 0 21 9 11 Semifinals
Flag of Canada.png Canada 4 3 0 1 0 28 12 10 Quarterfinals
Flag of Russia.png Russia 4 2 0 0 2 19 13 6 Quarterfinals
Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic 4 1 0 0 3 10 21 3 Relegation round
Flag of Norway.png Norway 4 0 0 0 4 4 27 0 Relegation round

All times local (EST/UTC-5)

December 26, 2010
16:00
Russia Flag of Russia.png 3–6
(1–1, 2–2, 0–3)
Flag of Canada.png Canada HSBC Arena
Attendance: 18,690
December 26, 2010
16:00
Norway Flag of Norway.png 1–7
(0–2, 0–2, 1–3)
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden Dwyer Arena
Attendance: 1,320
December 27, 2010
19:00
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.png 2–0
(0–0, 1–0, 1–0)
Flag of Norway.png Norway Dwyer Arena
Attendance: 1,381
December 28, 2010
16:00
Canada Flag of Canada.png 7–2
(2–1, 3–0, 2–1)
Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic HSBC Arena
Attendance: 17,919
December 28, 2010
19:00
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 2–0
(2–0, 0–0, 0–0)
Flag of Russia.png Russia Dwyer Arena
Attendance: 1,400
December 29, 2010
19:30
Norway Flag of Norway.png 1–10
(1–6, 0–1, 0–3)
Flag of Canada.png Canada HSBC Arena
Attendance: 17,061
December 30, 2010
15:00
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 6–3
(3–1, 2–2, 1–0)
Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic Dwyer Arena
Attendance: 1,388
December 30, 2010
19:00
Russia Flag of Russia.png 8–2
(2–2, 1–0, 5–0)
Flag of Norway.png Norway Dwyer Arena
Attendance: 1,382
December 31, 2010
16:00
Canada Flag of Canada.png 5 – 6 GWS
(3–2, 1–2, 1–1)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 0–1)
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden HSBC Arena
Attendance: 17,761
December 31, 2010
19:00
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.png 3–8
(1–4, 1–4, 1–0)
Flag of Russia.png Russia Dwyer Arena
Attendance: 1,400

Relegation round[edit | edit source]

The results from matches between teams from the same group in the preliminary round were carried forward to this round.

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts
Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic 3 3 0 0 0 10 4 9
Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia 3 1 1 0 1 9 6 5
Flag of Norway.png Norway 3 1 0 0 2 3 8 3
Flag of Germany.png Germany 3 0 0 1 2 4 8 1

All times local (EST/UTC-5)

January 2, 2011
15:30
Slovakia Flag of Slovakia.png 5–0
(2–0, 0–0, 3–0)
Flag of Norway.png Norway Dwyer Arena
Attendance: 1,189
January 2, 2011
19:30
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.png 3–2
(0–0, 1–1, 2–1)
Flag of Germany.png Germany Dwyer Arena
Attendance: 1,171
January 4, 2011
15:30
Germany Flag of Germany.png 1–3
(0–1, 1–0, 0–2)
Flag of Norway.png Norway Dwyer Arena
Attendance: 1,108
January 4, 2011
19:30
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.png 5–2
(2–0, 3–2, 0–0)
Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia Dwyer Arena
Attendance: 1,080

Flag of Norway.png Norway and Flag of Germany.png Germany were relegated to Division I for the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Final round[edit | edit source]

  Quarter-Finals     Semi-Finals     Gold Medal Game
                           
      B1  Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 3  
  A2  Flag of Finland.png Finland 3     B3  Flag of Russia.png Russia 4**    
  B3  Flag of Russia.png Russia 4*         B3  Flag of Russia.png Russia 5
      B2  Flag of Canada.png Canada 3
      A1  Flag of the United States.png United States of America 1    
  B2  Flag of Canada.png Canada 4     B2  Flag of Canada.png Canada 4   Bronze Medal Game
  A3  Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 1   B1  Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 2
  A1  Flag of the United States.png United States of America 4

* Decided in Overtime.

** Decided in Shootout.

Quarterfinals[edit | edit source]

January 2, 2011
15:30
Canada Flag of Canada.png 4–1
(1–1, 1–0, 2–0)
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland HSBC Arena
Attendance: 14,890
January 2, 2011
19:30
Finland Flag of Finland.png 3 – 4 OT
(1–1, 1–0, 1–2)
(OT: 0–1)
Flag of Russia.png Russia HSBC Arena
Attendance: 13,471

Semifinals[edit | edit source]

January 3, 2011
15:30
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 3 – 4 GWS
(0–1, 1–1, 2–1)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 0–1)
Flag of Russia.png Russia HSBC Arena
Attendance: 13,435
January 3, 2011
19:30
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 1–4
(0–2, 0–1, 1–1)
Flag of Canada.png Canada HSBC Arena
Attendance: 18,690

5th place playoff[edit | edit source]

January 4, 2011
19:30
Finland Flag of Finland.png 2–3 GWS
(2–1, 0–1, 0–0)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 0–1)
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland HSBC Arena
Attendance: 14,052

Bronze medal game[edit | edit source]

January 5, 2011
15:30
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 2–4
(0–0, 1–1, 1–3)
Flag of the United States.png United States of America HSBC Arena
Attendance: 16,104

Gold medal game[edit | edit source]

January 5, 2011
19:30
Canada Flag of Canada.png 3–5
(2–0, 1–0, 0–5)
Flag of Russia.png Russia HSBC Arena
Attendance: 18,690

Scoring leaders[edit | edit source]

Pos Player Country GP G A Pts +/− PIM
1 Brayden Schenn Flag of Canada.png Canada 7 8 10 18 +10 0
2 Evgeny Kuznetsov Flag of Russia.png Russia 7 4 7 11 +7 4
2 Vladimir Tarasenko Flag of Russia.png Russia 7 4 7 11 +8 0
4 Ryan Ellis Flag of Canada.png Canada 7 3 7 10 +2 2
5 Richard Pánik Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia 6 8 2 10 +1 12
6 Maxim Kitsyn Flag of Russia.png Russia 7 5 4 9 +7 0
7 Teemu Pulkkinen Flag of Finland.png Finland 6 3 6 9 +2 6
8 Ryan Johansen Flag of Canada.png Canada 7 3 6 9 +4 2
9 Dmitri Orlov Flag of Russia.png Russia 7 1 8 9 +10 6
10 Jakub Jeřábek Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic 6 1 7 8 +1 4

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalties In Minutes

Source:[10]

Goaltending leaders[edit | edit source]

(minimum 40% team's total ice time)

Pos Player Country TOI GA GAA Sv% SO
1 Jack Campbell Flag of the United States.png United States of America 353:35 10 1.70 94.08 0
2 Joni Ortio Flag of Finland.png Finland 354:52 11 1.86 93.12 1
3 Niklas Treutle Flag of Germany.png Germany 186:04 7 2.26 93.00 0
4 Mark Visentin Flag of Canada.png Canada 239:05 8 2.01 92.31 0
5 Dmitri Shikin Flag of Russia.png Russia 342:11 16 2.81 92.00 0

TOI = Time On Ice (minutes:seconds); SA = Shots Against; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts

Source:[11]
09:50, 6 January 2011 (UTC)

Tournament awards[edit | edit source]

Most Valuable Player
All-star team
IIHF best player awards

Final standings[edit | edit source]

Team
Gold medal icon.svg Flag of Russia.png Russia
Silver medal icon.svg Flag of Canada.png Canada
Bronze medal icon.svg Flag of the United States.png United States of America
4th Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
5th Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland
6th Flag of Finland.png Finland
7th Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic
8th Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia
9th Flag of Norway.png Norway
10th Flag of Germany.png Germany

Team Photos[edit | edit source]


Division I[edit | edit source]

The following teams took part in the Division I tournament. Group A was played in Babruysk, Belarus, between December 13 and December 19, 2010.[12] Group B was played in Bled, Slovenia, between December 12 and December 18, 2010.[13]

Group A[edit | edit source]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF Pts
Flag of Latvia.png Latvia 5 5 0 0 0 21 3 +18 15
Flag of Belarus.png Belarus 5 4 0 0 1 18 9 +9 12
Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom 5 3 0 0 2 12 10 +2 9
Flag of Italy.png Italy 5 2 0 0 3 13 8 +5 6
Flag of Japan.gif Japan 5 1 0 0 4 9 15 −6 3
Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine 5 0 0 0 5 4 32 −28 0
Promoted to Top Division Relegated to Division II

Group B[edit | edit source]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF Pts
Flag of Denmark.png Denmark 5 4 0 0 1 35 14 +21 12
Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia 5 4 0 0 1 31 14 +17 12
Flag of Austria.png Austria 5 3 1 0 1 24 13 +11 11
Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan 5 2 0 0 3 19 24 −5 6
Flag of Croatia.gif Croatia 5 1 0 1 3 16 35 −19 4
Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania 5 0 0 0 5 10 35 −25 0
Promoted to Top Division Relegated to Division II

Division II[edit | edit source]

The following teams took part in the Division II tournament. Group A was played in Tallinn, Estonia.[14] Group B was played in Miercurea-Ciuc, Romania, between December 13 and December 19, 2010.[15]

Group A[edit | edit source]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF Pts
Flag of France.png France 5 5 0 0 0 49 5 +44 15
Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands 5 3 0 1 1 19 16 +3 10
Flag of Spain.gif Spain 5 3 0 0 2 12 16 −4 9
Flag of Belgium.gif Belgium 5 1 1 0 3 17 34 −17 5
Flag of Estonia.png Estonia 5 1 0 0 4 16 29 −13 3
Flag of Iceland.gif Iceland 5 1 0 0 4 10 23 −13 3
Promoted to Division I Relegated to Division III

Group B[edit | edit source]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF Pts
Flag of Poland.png Poland 5 5 0 0 0 61 10 +51 15
Flag of Hungary.png Hungary 5 4 0 0 1 50 16 +34 12
Flag of Korea.gif South Korea 5 3 0 0 2 27 30 −3 9
Flag of Romania.svg Romania 5 2 0 0 3 16 24 −8 6
Flag of Australia.jpg Australia 5 1 0 0 4 21 39 −18 3
Flag of China.gif China 5 0 0 0 5 10 66 −56 0
Promoted to Division I Relegated to Division III

Division III[edit | edit source]

The following teams took part in the Division III tournament. This group played in Mexico City, Mexico, between January 9 to 18, 2011. The two teams with the best records, Mexico and Serbia, were promoted to Division II for the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[16]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF Pts
Flag of Mexico.gif Mexico 6 6 0 0 0 39 9 +30 18
Flag of Serbia.gif Serbia 6 5 0 0 1 56 8 +48 15
Flag of North Korea.gif North Korea 6 4 0 0 2 37 22 +15 12
Flag of Turkey.gif Turkey 6 3 0 0 3 36 33 +3 9
Flag of New Zealand.gif New Zealand 6 2 0 0 4 17 43 −26 6
Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria 6 0 1 0 5 13 52 −39 2
Flag of Chinese Taipei.png Chinese Taipei 6 0 0 1 5 16 47 −31 1
promoted to Division II

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

Preceded by
2010 World Juniors
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
2011
See also: 2011 World Championships
Succeeded by
2012 World Juniors


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