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2016 IIHF World U20 Championships
2016 WJHC logo.svg
Tournament details
Host nation Flag of Finland Finland
Dates December 26, 2015 – January 5, 2016
Teams 10
Venue(s) Hartwall Arena and Helsinki Ice Hall (in 1 host city)
Champions Flag of Finland Finland (4 titles)
Tournament statistics
Games played 30
Goals scored 193  (6.43 per game)
Attendance 215,226  (7,174 per game)
Scoring leader(s) Flag of Finland Jesse Puljujärvi
MVP Flag of Finland Jesse Puljujärvi

The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship was the 40th World Junior Ice Hockey Championship. It was hosted in Helsinki, Finland.[1] It began on December 26, 2015, and ended with the gold medal game on January 5, 2016. This marked the sixth time that Finland has hosted the WJC, and the hosts defeated Russia 4–3 in overtime to win their fourth title in history and second in the last three years. Belarus was relegated to Division I-A for 2017 by merit of their tenth-place finish, while Finnish right winger Jesse Puljujärvi earned MVP and top scorer honors.


Player eligibility Edit

A player is eligible to play in the 2016 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships if:[2]

  • the player is of male gender;
  • the player was born at the earliest in 1996, and at the latest, in 2001;
  • the player is a citizen in the country he represents;
  • the player is under the jurisdiction of a national association that is a member of the IIHF.

If a player who has never played in IIHF-organized competition wishes to switch national eligibility, he must have played in competitions for two consecutive years in the new country without playing in another country, as well as show his move to the new country's national association with an international transfer card. In case the player has previously played in IIHF-organized competition but wishes to switch national eligibility, he must have played in competitions for four consecutive years in the new country without playing in another country, he must show his move to the new country's national association with an international transfer card, as well as be a citizen of the new country. A player may only switch national eligibility once.[3]

Top DivisionEdit

VenuesEdit

Hartwall Arena
Capacity: 13,349
Helsinki Ice Hall
Capacity: 8,200
Hartwall arena
Helsinginjaahalli
Flag of Finland FinlandHelsinki Flag of Finland FinlandHelsinki

OfficialsEdit

The IIHF selected 12 referees and 10 linesmen to officiate during the tournament:[4]

Referees

  • Flag of Russia Alexei Anisimov
  • Flag of Latvia Andris Ansons
  • Flag of Finland Stefan Fonselius
  • Flag of Canada Brett Iverson
  • Flag of Slovakia Daniel Konc
  • Flag of Sweden Mikael Nord
  • Flag of the Czech Republic Vladimir Pešina
  • Flag of Germany Daniel Piechaczek
  • Flag of the United States Christopher Pitoscia
  • Flag of Finland Aleksi Rantala
  • Flag of Canada Jean-Philippe Sylvain
  • Flag of Switzerland Marc Wiegand

Linesmen

  • Flag of Canada Nicolas Chartrand-Piche
  • Flag of Slovenia Matjaž Hribar
  • Flag of Denmark Rene Jensen
  • Flag of Switzerland Roman Kaderli
  • Flag of Finland Pasi Nieminen
  • Flag of the United States Brian Oliver
  • Flag of Russia Alexander Otmakhov
  • Flag of Sweden Henrik Pihlblad
  • Flag of Finland Hannu Sormunen
  • Flag of Norway Alexander Waldejer


Results Edit

Preliminary round Edit

FormatEdit

The four best ranked teams from each group of the preliminary round advance to the quarterfinals, while the last placed team from both groups play a relegation round in a best of three format to determine the relegated team.[5]

All times are local. (Eastern European TimeUTC+2)

Team qualified to Quarterfinals
Team will play in Relegation round

Group AEdit

Script error

December 26, 2015
16:00
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland 3–8
(1–3, 1–3, 1–2)
Flag of Sweden Sweden Helsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 5,600
December 26, 2015
20:00
United States of America Flag of the United States 4–2
(0–0, 1–1, 3–1)
Flag of Canada Canada Helsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 6,112
December 27, 2015
20:00
Denmark Flag of Denmark 2–1
(0–1, 0–0, 2–0)
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Helsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 1,596
December 28, 2015
16:00
Sweden Flag of Sweden 1–0
(0–0, 1–0, 0–0)
Flag of the United States United States of America Helsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 5,415
December 28, 2015
20:00
Canada Flag of Canada 6–1
(1–1, 4–0, 1–0)
Flag of Denmark Denmark Helsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 5,891
December 29, 2015
20:00
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland 2–3 GWS
(2–1, 0–1, 0–0)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 0–1)
Flag of Canada Canada Helsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 3,522
December 30, 2015
16:00
Sweden Flag of Sweden 5–0
(2–0, 1–0, 2–0)
Flag of Denmark Denmark Helsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 4,193
December 30, 2015
20:00
United States of America Flag of the United States 10–1
(6–0, 4–1, 0–0)
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Helsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 3,701
December 31, 2015
16:00
Denmark Flag of Denmark 1–4
(1–1, 0–1, 0–2)
Flag of the United States United States of America Helsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 5,128
December 31, 2015
20:00
Canada Flag of Canada 2–5
(1–2, 0–1, 1–2)
Flag of Sweden Sweden Helsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 7,003

Group BEdit

Script error

December 26, 2015
14:00
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic 1–2 GWS
(0–0, 1–0, 0–1)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 0–1)
Flag of Russia Russia Hartwall Arena
Attendance: 10,106
December 26, 2015
18:00
Finland Flag of Finland 6–0
(0–0, 1–0, 5–0)
Flag of Belarus Belarus Hartwall Arena
Attendance: 12,222
December 27, 2015
16:00
Belarus Flag of Belarus 2–4
(1–1, 1–1, 0–2)
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Hartwall Arena
Attendance: 1,472
December 28, 2015
14:00
Slovakia Flag of Slovakia 0–2
(0–0, 0–1, 0–1)
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Hartwall Arena
Attendance: 8,998
December 28, 2015
18:00
Russia Flag of Russia 6–4
(1–2, 4–1, 1–1)
Flag of Finland Finland Hartwall Arena
Attendance: 12,526
December 29, 2015
16:00
Belarus Flag of Belarus 1–4
(0–3, 0–0, 1–1)
Flag of Russia Russia Hartwall Arena
Attendance: 2,342
December 30, 2015
14:00
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic 5–3
(1–0, 1–3, 3–0)
Flag of Belarus Belarus Hartwall Arena
Attendance: 8,456
December 30, 2015
18:00
Slovakia Flag of Slovakia 3–8
(2–1, 0–2, 1–5)
Flag of Finland Finland Hartwall Arena
Attendance: 12,723
December 31, 2015
14:00
Russia Flag of Russia 2–1
(1–0, 1–1, 0–0)
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Hartwall Arena
Attendance: 6,497
December 31, 2015
18:00
Finland Flag of Finland 5–4
(0–0, 3–3, 2–1)
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Hartwall Arena
Attendance: 12,198

RelegationEdit

January 2, 2016
12:00
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland 5–1
(1–1, 2–0, 2–0)
Flag of Belarus Belarus Helsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 453
January 3, 2016
12:00
Belarus Flag of Belarus 2–6
(2–3, 0–3, 0–0)
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Helsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 748

Playoff roundEdit

  Quarterfinal                    
  1A  Flag of Sweden Sweden 6  
  4B  Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 0   Semifinal
      1A  Flag of Sweden Sweden 1  
  Quarterfinal   2B  Flag of Finland Finland 2  
  2B  Flag of Finland Finland 6
  3A  Flag of Canada Canada 5         Final
              2B  Flag of Finland Finland 4
  Quarterfinal             1B  Flag of Russia Russia 3
  1B  Flag of Russia Russia 4      
  4A  Flag of Denmark Denmark 3   Semifinal   Bronze medal game
      1B  Flag of Russia Russia 2   1A  Flag of Sweden Sweden 3
  Quarterfinal   2A  Flag of the United States United States of America 1     2A  Flag of the United States United States of America 8
  2A  Flag of the United States United States of America 7
  3B  Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 0  

QuarterfinalsEdit

2 January 2016
14:00
Russia Flag of Russia 4–3 OT
(1–0, 0–2, 2–1)
(OT 1–0)
Flag of Denmark Denmark Hartwall Arena
Attendance: 8,869
2 January 2016
16:00
Sweden Flag of Sweden 6–0
(2–0, 1–0, 3–0)
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Helsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 3,796
2 January 2016
18:00
Finland Flag of Finland 6–5
(1–2, 3–1, 2–2)
Flag of Canada Canada Hartwall Arena
Attendance: 13,016
2 January 2016
20:00
United States of America Flag of the United States 7–0
(2–0, 3–0, 2–0)
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Helsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 3,113

SemifinalsEdit

4 January 2016
16:00
Sweden Flag of Sweden 1–2
(1–0, 0–2, 0–0)
Flag of Finland Finland Hartwall Arena
Attendance: 13,340
4 January 2016
20:00
Russia Flag of Russia 2–1
(0–1, 2–0, 0–0)
Flag of the United States United States of America Hartwall Arena
Attendance: 11,812

Bronze medal gameEdit

5 January 2016
16:00
Sweden Flag of Sweden 3–8
(2–2, 0–4, 1–2)
Flag of the United States United States of America Hartwall Arena
Attendance: 10,889

FinalEdit

5 January 2016
20:30
Russia Flag of Russia 3–4 OT
(1–0, 0–0, 2–3)
(OT 0–1)
Flag of Finland Finland Hartwall Arena
Attendance: 13,479

Statistics Edit

Scoring leaders Edit

Pos Player Country GP G A Pts +/− PIM
1 Jesse Puljujärvi Flag of Finland Finland 7 5 12 17 +8 0
2 Sebastian Aho Flag of Finland Finland 7 5 9 14 +9 4
3 Patrik Laine Flag of Finland Finland 7 7 6 13 +8 6
4 Auston Matthews Flag of the United States United States of America 7 7 4 11 +6 2
5 Matthew Tkachuk Flag of the United States United States of America 7 4 7 11 +7 6
6 Alexander Nylander Flag of Sweden Sweden 7 4 5 9 +5 0
7 Zach Werenski Flag of the United States United States of America 7 2 7 9 +10 4
8 Denis Malgin Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 6 1 8 9 −1 6
9 Olli Juolevi Flag of Finland Finland 7 0 9 9 +6 4
10 Christian Dvorak Flag of the United States United States of America 7 3 5 8 +8 0
10 Adrian Kempe Flag of Sweden Sweden 7 3 5 8 +1 8
GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalties In Minutes

Source: IIHF [6]

Goaltending leaders Edit

(minimum 40% team's total ice time)

Pos Player Country TOI GA GAA Sv% SO
1 Linus Söderström Flag of Sweden Sweden 295:28 7 1.42 94.70 2
2 Alex Nedeljkovic Flag of the United States United States of America 325:52 9 1.66 94.27 1
3 Thomas Lillie Flag of Denmark Denmark 185:00 10 3.24 91.45 0
4 Kaapo Kähkönen Flag of Finland Finland 214:13 9 2.52 90.91 0
5 Adam Huska Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 292:30 19 3.90 89.89 0
TOI = Time On Ice (minutes:seconds); GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts

Source: IIHF[7]

Tournament awardsEdit

Reference: [1] Most Valuable Player

All-star team

IIHF best player awards

Final standingsEdit

Team
1 Flag of Finland Finland
Silver medal icon Flag of Russia Russia
Bronze medal icon Flag of the United States United States of America
4th Flag of Sweden Sweden
5th Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
6th Flag of Canada Canada
7th Flag of Slovakia Slovakia
8th Flag of Denmark Denmark
9th Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
10th Flag of Belarus Belarus
Relegated to the 2017 Division I A

 2016 IIHF Junior World Champions 
Flag of Finland.png
Finland
4th title

Note that due to the lack of playoff games for determining the spots 5–8, these spots were determined by the preliminary round records for each team.

Division IEdit

Group AEdit

The Division I A tournament was played in Vienna, Austria, from 13 to 19 December 2015.[8]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Flag of Latvia Latvia 5 4 1 0 0 20 7 +13 14
Flag of Austria Austria 5 3 0 0 2 18 18 0 9
Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 5 2 1 0 2 21 13 +8 8
Flag of Norway Norway 5 1 1 2 1 21 14 +7 7
Flag of Germany Germany 5 2 0 1 2 10 14 −4 7
Flag of Italy Italy 5 0 0 0 5 5 29 −24 0
Promoted to the 2017 Top Division Relegated to the 2017 Division I B

Group BEdit

The Division I B tournament was played in Megève, France, from 12 to 18 December 2015.[9] Prior to the start of the tournament Japan withdrew, and was relegated for 2017.[10]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Flag of France France 4 2 1 0 1 17 9 +8 8
Flag of Poland Poland 4 2 1 0 1 15 10 +5 8
Flag of Great Britain United Kingdom 4 2 1 0 1 13 16 −3 8
Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 4 1 0 2 1 9 10 −1 5
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 4 0 0 1 3 6 15 −9 1
Flag of Japan Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Promoted to the 2017 Division I A Relegated to the 2017 Division II A

Division IIEdit

Group AEdit

The Division II A tournament was played in Elektrėnai, Lithuania, from 13 to 19 December 2015.[11]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Flag of Hungary Hungary 5 5 0 0 0 36 9 +27 15
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 5 3 1 0 1 18 16 +2 11
Flag of Estonia Estonia 5 3 0 0 2 27 26 +1 9
Flag of Croatia Croatia 5 2 0 0 3 13 21 −8 6
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 5 0 1 0 4 14 23 −9 2
Flag of Korea South Korea 5 0 0 2 3 15 28 −13 2
Promoted to the 2017 Division I B Relegated to the 2017 Division II B

Group BEdit

The Division II B tournament was played in Novi Sad, Serbia, from 17 to 23 January 2016.[12]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Flag of Romania Romania 5 4 1 0 0 37 14 +23 14
Flag of Spain Spain 5 4 0 0 1 34 12 +22 12
Flag of Serbia Serbia 5 3 0 1 1 34 9 +25 10
Flag of Belgium Belgium 5 2 0 0 3 14 21 −7 6
Flag of Australia Australia 5 1 0 0 4 11 35 −24 3
Flag of China China 5 0 0 0 5 6 45 −39 0
Promoted to the 2017 Division II A Relegated to the 2017 Division III

Division IIIEdit

The Division III tournament was played in Mexico City, Mexico, from 15 to 24 January 2016.[13]


Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Flag of Mexico Mexico 6 5 0 0 1 24 14 +10 15
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 6 4 0 0 2 18 13 +5 12
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 6 4 0 0 2 29 16 +13 12
Flag of Israel Israel 6 3 0 1 2 39 23 +16 10
Flag of Iceland Iceland 6 2 1 0 3 24 21 +3 8
Flag of Turkey Turkey 6 2 0 0 4 20 15 +5 6
Flag of South Africa South Africa 6 0 0 0 6 7 59 −52 0
Promoted to the 2017 Division II B

ReferencesEdit

  1. Future Hosts. USA Hockey. Retrieved on January 18, 2014.
  2. IIHF statutes and bylaws. IIHF. Retrieved on 2014-01-01.
  3. IIHF Eligibility. IIHF. Retrieved on 2014-01-01.
  4. Referee assignments 2015/2016. IIHF.com. Retrieved on 22 October 2015.
  5. New format for U18, U20 Worlds. IIHF.com (2012-05-29). Retrieved on 2011-05-29.
  6. Scoring Leaders. IIHF (5 January 2016). Retrieved on 6 February 2016.
  7. Goalkeepers. IIHF.com (5 January 2016). Retrieved on 6 February 2016.
  8. Division IA statistics
  9. Division IB statistics
  10. Japan withdraws
  11. Division II A statistics
  12. Division II B statistics
  13. Division III statistics

External linksEdit

See alsoEdit


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