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IIHF World U20 Championships
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Tournament details
Host nation Flag of the United States United States
Dates December 26, 2017 – January 5, 2018
Teams 10
Venue(s) KeyBank Center, Buffalo
HarborCenter, Buffalo
New Era Field, Orchard Park[1] (in 2 host cities)
Champions Flag of Canada Canada (17 titles)
Tournament statistics
Games played 29
Goals scored 212  (7.31 per game)
Attendance 193,666  (6,678 per game)
Scoring leader(s) Flag of the United States Casey Mittelstadt
MVP Flag of the United States Casey Mittelstadt

The 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship is the 42nd Ice Hockey World Junior Championship. It is being hosted by the city of Buffalo, New York[2] at the KeyBank Center and HarborCenter. It began on December 26, 2017, and ended with the gold medal game being played on January 5, 2018. This marks the sixth time that the United States has hosted the IHWJC and the second time that Buffalo has done so, having hosted in 2011.

A preliminary round game between Canada and the United States was also played outdoors at New Era Field in nearby Orchard Park, New York, on December 29, 2017. It marked the first ever outdoor game played during an IIHF World Championship at the junior level.[3]

Top DivisionEdit

VenuesEdit

KeyBank Center
Capacity: 19,070
KeyBank Rink at HarborCenter
Capacity: 1,800
New Era Field
Capacity: 71,870
First Niagara Center front
HarborCenter
2008 Winter Classic
Flag of the United States.png United States – Buffalo Flag of the United States.png United States – Buffalo Flag of the United States.png United States – Orchard Park

Host selectionEdit

On July 28, 2015, USA Hockey named the five initial finalists for hosting the event:[4]

Chicago and Tampa were eliminated on September 15.[5] Buffalo was chosen as the host site on December 3, with a formal announcement on December 4.[6] For the first time in WJC history, one of the games (Canada vs USA, on December 29) was played outdoors.[1]

OfficialsEdit

The following officials have been assigned by the International Ice Hockey Federation to officiate the 2018 World Junior Championships.[7]

Referees

  • Flag of Latvia Andris Ansons
  • Flag of Canada Alexandre Garon
  • Flag of Denmark Jacob Grumsen
  • Flag of Finland Mikko Kaukokari
  • Flag of Russia Artur Kulev
  • Flag of Austria Manuel Nikolic
  • Flag of Germany Gordon Schukies
  • Flag of the Czech Republic Robin Šír
  • Flag of Sweden Mikael Sjöqvist
  • Flag of the United States Stephen Thomson
  • Flag of the United States Jeremy Tufts
  • Flag of Switzerland Marc Wiegand

Linesmen

  • Flag of Switzerland Franco Castelli
  • Flag of Finland Markus Hägerström
  • Flag of the United States William Hancock II
  • Flag of Denmark Rene Jensen
  • Flag of Norway Jon Kilian
  • Flag of Canada Dustin McCrank
  • Flag of the Czech Republic Jiří Ondráček
  • Flag of Slovakia Peter Šefčík
  • Flag of Russia Alexander Sysuev
  • Flag of Sweden Emil Yletyinen

RostersEdit

FormatEdit

The four best ranked teams from each group of the preliminary round advanced to the quarterfinals, while the last-placed team from both groups played a relegation round in a best-of-three format to determine the relegated team.[8]

Preliminary round Edit

All times are local. (Eastern Standard TimeUTC-5)

Group AEdit

Script error

December 26, 2017
16:00
Canada Flag of Canada 4–2
(3–1, 1–1, 0–0)
Flag of Finland Finland KeyBank Center
Attendance: 9,552
December 26, 2017
20:00
Denmark Flag of Denmark 0–9
(0–5, 0–2, 0–2)
Flag of the United States United States of America KeyBank Center
Attendance: 7,207
December 27, 2017
19:00
Slovakia Flag of Slovakia 0–6
(0–1, 0–3, 0–2)
Flag of Canada Canada KeyBank Center
Attendance: 7,834
December 28, 2017
12:00
Finland Flag of Finland 4–1
(2–0, 2–1, 0–0)
Flag of Denmark Denmark KeyBank Center
Attendance: 5,026
December 28, 2017
20:00
United States of America Flag of the United States 2–3
(0–0, 1–1, 1–2)
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia KeyBank Center
Attendance: 8,188
December 29, 2017
15:00
Canada Flag of Canada 3–4 GWS
(2–0, 1–1, 0–2)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 0–2)
Flag of the United States United States of America New Era Field
Attendance: 44,592
December 30, 2017
16:00
Finland Flag of Finland 5–2
(0–0, 2–1, 3–1)
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia KeyBank Center
Attendance: 6,229
December 30, 2017
20:00
Denmark Flag of Denmark 0–8
(0–3, 0–2, 0–3)
Flag of Canada Canada KeyBank Center
Attendance: 8,671
December 31, 2017
16:00
United States of America Flag of the United States 5–4
(2–0, 2–2, 1–2)
Flag of Finland Finland KeyBank Center
Attendance: 7,884
December 31, 2017
18:00
Slovakia Flag of Slovakia 5–1
(1–1, 2–0, 2–0)
Flag of Denmark Denmark HarborCenter
Attendance: 1,419

Group BEdit

Script error

December 26, 2017
12:00
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic 5–4
(2–2, 2–0, 1–2)
Flag of Russia Russia KeyBank Center
Attendance: 4,998
December 26, 2017
14:00
Belarus Flag of Belarus 1–6
(1–1, 0–3, 0–2)
Flag of Sweden Sweden HarborCenter
Attendance: 1,754
December 27, 2017
15:00
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland 3–2
(1–1, 0–0, 2–1)
Flag of Belarus Belarus KeyBank Center
Attendance: 5,224
December 28, 2017
14:00
Russia Flag of Russia 5–2
(1–0, 1–1, 3–1)
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland HarborCenter
Attendance: 1,895
December 28, 2017
16:00
Sweden Flag of Sweden 3–1
(2–0, 0–1, 1–0)
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic KeyBank Center
Attendance: 6,890
December 29, 2017
12:00
Belarus Flag of Belarus 2–5
(0–2, 0–1, 2–2)
Flag of Russia Russia HarborCenter
Attendance: 1,841
December 30, 2017
12:00
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic 6–5
(0–1, 5–2, 1–2)
Flag of Belarus Belarus KeyBank Center
Attendance: 5,222
December 30, 2017
14:00
Sweden Flag of Sweden 7–2
(1–1, 2–1, 4–0)
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland HarborCenter
Attendance: 2,115
December 31, 2017
12:00
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland 3–6
(1–2, 2–2, 0–2)
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic KeyBank Center
Attendance: 5,548
December 31, 2017
20:00
Russia Flag of Russia 3–4 GWS
(2–2, 0–0, 1–1)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 1–2)
Flag of Sweden Sweden KeyBank Center
Attendance: 6,121

RelegationEdit

January 2, 2018
14:00
Belarus Flag of Belarus 4–5
(0–2, 2–0, 2–3)
Flag of Denmark Denmark HarborCenter
Attendance: 1,245
January 4, 2018
12:00
Denmark Flag of Denmark 3–2 GWS
(2–0, 0–0, 0–2)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 4–2)
Flag of Belarus Belarus KeyBank Center
Attendance: 4,295

Playoff roundEdit

  Quarterfinal                    
  1B  Flag of Sweden Sweden 3  
  4A  Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 2   Semifinal
      1B  Flag of Sweden Sweden 4  
  Quarterfinal   2A  Flag of the United States United States of America 2  
  2A  Flag of the United States United States of America 4
  3B  Flag of Russia Russia 2         Final
              1B  Flag of Sweden Sweden 1
  Quarterfinal             1A  Flag of Canada Canada 3
  1A  Flag of Canada Canada 8      
  4B  Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 2   Semifinal   Bronze medal game
      1A  Flag of Canada Canada 7   2B  Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 3
  Quarterfinal   2B  Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 2     2A  Flag of the United States United States of America 9
  2B  Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic (GWS) 4
  3A  Flag of Finland Finland 3  

QuarterfinalsEdit

January 2, 2018
12:00
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic 4–3 GWS
(1–0, 1–2, 1–1)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 2–1)
Flag of Finland Finland KeyBank Center
Attendance: 5,109
January 2, 2018
16:00
Canada Flag of Canada 8–2
(3–0, 3–1, 2–1)
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland KeyBank Center
Attendance: 5,533
January 2, 2018
18:00
Sweden Flag of Sweden 3–2
(0–0, 2–1, 1–1)
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia HarborCenter
Attendance: 1,445
January 2, 2018
20:00
United States of America Flag of the United States 4–2
(2–1, 0–0, 2–1)
Flag of Russia Russia KeyBank Center
Attendance: 6,242

SemifinalsEdit

January 4, 2018
16:00
Sweden Flag of Sweden 4–2
(0–0, 1–0, 3–2)
Flag of the United States United States of America KeyBank Center
Attendance: 7,524
January 4, 2018
20:00
Canada Flag of Canada 7–2
(2–1, 4–0, 1–1)
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic KeyBank Center
Attendance: 6,941

Bronze medal gameEdit

January 5, 2018
16:00
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic 3–9
(0–1, 0–6, 3–2)
Flag of the United States United States of America KeyBank Center
Attendance: 7,122

Gold medal gameEdit

January 5, 2018
20:00
Sweden Flag of Sweden 1–3
(0–0, 1–1, 0–2)
Flag of Canada Canada KeyBank Center
Attendance: 17,544

StatisticsEdit

Scoring leaders Edit

Pos Player Country GP G A Pts +/− PIM
1 Casey Mittelstadt Flag of the United States United States of America 7 4 7 11 +8 2
2 Martin Nečas Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 7 3 8 11 −5 0
3 Kieffer Bellows Flag of the United States United States of America 7 9 1 10 +2 4
4 Jordan Kyrou Flag of Canada Canada 7 3 7 10 +2 0
5 Sam Steel Flag of Canada Canada 7 4 5 9 +3 0
6 Brady Tkachuk Flag of the United States United States of America 7 3 6 9 +6 2
7 Filip Zadina Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 7 7 1 8 -4 2
8 Klim Kostin Flag of Russia Russia 5 5 3 8 +7 2
9 Cale Makar Flag of Canada Canada 7 3 5 8 +5 0
10 Maxim Sushko Flag of Belarus Belarus 6 2 6 8 −1 4
GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalties In Minutes

Source: IIHF [9]

Goaltending leaders Edit

(minimum 40% team's total ice time)

Pos Player Country TOI GA GAA Sv% SO
1 Carter Hart Flag of Canada Canada 365:00 11 1.81 92.95 1
2 Roman Durný Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 240:00 11 2.75 92.86 0
3 Filip Gustavsson Flag of Sweden Sweden 364:36 11 1.81 92.41 0
4 Vladislav Sukhachyov Flag of Russia Russia 262:30 12 2.74 90.40 0
5 Philip Wüthrich Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 207:22 17 4.92 88.74 0
TOI = Time On Ice (minutes:seconds); GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts

Source: IIHF[10]

Tournament awardsEdit

Reference: Most Valuable Player

All-star team

IIHF best player awards

Final standingsEdit

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ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit


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