As the year draws to a close and the NHL season hits slowly, hockey enthusiasts can still be satisfied as the World Juniors launch on Dec. 26. The competition, which showcases the best hockey skills in the world in less than 20 years, is underway. its 46 are happening this year.
This is also one of the most anticipated events in the game because the NHL and NHLPA have announced that the league will not send its players to the Olympics in Beijing, as was the case in 2018 in Pyeongchang.
As a result, this year’s Olympic teams could include replacement athletes, former NHLers and some young athletes, many of whom will showcase their skills at this year’s World Juniors in Edmonton. This is the second year-focused Canada to host the competition.
The competition will take place from December 26 with the competition starting and ending on January 5, 2022, at the gold medal.
Note that, IIHF, which hosts World Juniors, has terminated all of its competitions since January and banned the show between Czechia and Switzerland due to COVID concerns. So far, World Juniors is still in place, but Sporting News will make the necessary adjustments.
Here’s what you need to know about the 2022 World Juniors competition.
Which teams are competing in the World Juniors?
In this year’s competition there will be 10 teams, which will be divided into two groups – Group A and B. The two teams this year are:
- United States
The current 10 groups have existed since 1996 and have the top 10 groups in the world. Since the competition in 1977, Canada, Sweden, Russia, Czechia, Finland and the United States have participated in all competitions. Slovakia has been participating in every competition since the 10-nation national team was formed in 1996, following the demise of Czechoslovakia.
The tournament, dubbed Division I and the upper pool, also has Phase II and III, with low-lying countries vying for promotion to the top tier as well as the World Juniors.
Many other countries participated in the high pool including: Slovakia, Switzerland, Latvia, Germany, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Austria, Denmark, France, Poland, Japan, Norway and Ukraine.
In the history of the competition, Russia has the highest number of medals with 37 medals (including Soviet Union and CIS) while Canada has the most gold medals with 18. 2020. The Americans are the winners and have a total of 13 gold medals.
|2021 – Edmonton, Canada||United States||Canada||Finland|
|2020 – Ostrava & Trinec, Czech Republic||Canada||Russia||Sweden|
|2019 – Vancouver & Victoria, Canada||Finland||United States||Russia|
|2018 – Buffalo, NY||Canada||Sweden||United States|
|2017 – Montreal and Toronto, Canada||United States||Canada||Russia|
|2016 – Helsinki, Finland||Finland||Russia||United States|
|2015 – Montreal / Toronto, Canada||Canada||Russia||Slovakia|
|2014 – Malmo, Sweden||Finland||Sweden||Russia|
|2013 – Ufa, Russia||United States||Sweden||Russia|
|2012 – Calgary / Edmonton, Canada||Sweden||Russia||Canada|
|2011 – Buffalo / Niagara, NY||Russia||Canada||United States|
|2010 Regina / Saskatoon, Canada||United States||Canada||Sweden|
|2009 – Ottawa, Canada||Canada||Sweden||Russia|
|2008 – Pardubice / Liberec, Czech Republic||Canada||Sweden||Russia|
|2007 – Leksand / Mora, Sweden||Canada||Russia||United States|
|2006 – Kamloops / Kelowna / Vancouver, Canada||Canada||Russia||Finland|
|2005 – Grand Forks, ND / Thief River Falls, Minn.||Canada||Russia||Czech Republic|
|2004 – Helsinki / Hameenlinna, Finland||United States||Canada||Finland|
|2003 – Halifax / Sydney, Canada||Russia||Canada||Finland|
|2002 – Pardubice / Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic||Russia||Canada||Finland|
|2001 – Moscow / Podolsk, Russia||Czech Republic||Finland||Canada|
|2000 – Skelleftea / Umea, Sweden||Czech Republic||Russia||Canada|
|1999 – Winnipeg, Canada||Russia||Canada||Slovakia|
|1998 – Helsinki / Hameenlinna, Finland||Finland||Russia||Switzerland|
|1997 – Geneva / Morges, Switzerland||Canada||United States||Russia|
|1996 – Boston, Mass.||Canada||Sweden||Russia|
|1995 – Red Deer, Canada||Canada||Russia||Sweden|
|1994 – Ostrava / Frydek-Mistek, Czech Republic||Canada||Sweden||Russia|
|1993 – Gavle / Fulun, Sweden||Canada||Sweden||Czechoslovakia|
|1992-Fussen / Kaufbeuren, Germany||CIS||Sweden||United States|
|1991 – Saskatoon, Canada||Canada||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia|
|1990 – Helsinki / Turku, Finland||Canada||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia|
|1989 – Anchorage, Alaska, United States||Soviet Union||Sweden||Czechoslovakia|
|1988 – Moscow, Soviet Union||Canada||Soviet Union||Finland|
|1987 – Piestany, Czechoslovakia||Finland||Czechoslovakia||Sweden|
|1986 – Hamilton, Canada||Soviet Union||Canada||United States|
|1985 – Helsinki / Turku, Finland||Canada||Czechoslovakia||Soviet Union|
|1984 – Nykoping, Sweden||Soviet Union||Finland||Czechoslovakia|
|1983 – Leningrad, Soviet Union||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia||Canada|
|1982 – Minneapolis / St. Paul, Min.||Canada||Czechoslovakia||Finland|
|1981 – Fussen / Augsburg, Germany||Sweden||Finland||Soviet Union|
|1980 – Helsinki, Finland||Soviet Union||Finland||Sweden|
|1979 – Karlstad, Sweden||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia||Sweden|
|1978 – Montreal, Canada||Soviet Union||Sweden||Canada|
|1977 – Bystrica-Zvolen, Czechoslovakia||Soviet Union||Canada||Czechoslovakia|
|1976 * – Tampere, Finland||Soviet Union||Canada||Czechoslovakia|
|1975 * – US / Canada||Soviet Union||Canada||Sweden|
|1974 * – Leningrad, Soviet Union||Soviet Union||Finland||Canada|
* – IIHF officially sponsored the World Junior Championship in 1977
Who will represent each team at the World Juniors?
The competition, which is very important, requires participants to become citizens of the country they represent and to achieve 20 years in the year that the competition ends (for example, 2001 2021).
Each team has a very good minimum skills in their respective countries, with the youngest players being 17 and the senior being 20. Most of the players are registered in the NHL or have their own rights with the NHL team.
Prominent names on the team include Owen Power and Kent Johnson on Team Canada, Alexander Holtz and Fabian Lysell on Team Sweden and Matty Beniers and Jake Sanderson on Team USA.
All told, there are 28 nominees for this year’s competition, including three from Russia, six from the United States, seven from Sweden and 12 from Canada.
Complete team logs can be found Pano.
What is the 2022 World Juniors competition?
When the tournament kicks off on January 6, you will start with the Tournament Team to learn how to progress in the quarterfinals, which consists of eight teams.
The two teams that did not make it to the quarterfinals have fallen out of the relegation round to find out which country will make it out of the top 10. It will be the first time in Belarus to return to the World Juniors from 2018.
Following the quarterfinals, the final four teams have been relegated to the final game following a series of alternatives:
- Top positions in their team
- Maximum number of points
- A good contrast of goals
- Maximum number of goals for
- Big planting is coming in 2022
All quarterfinals will take place on Jan. 2, and semifinals two days later Jan. 4 gold and bronze medal games before Jan. 5.
The first round of all competitions comes at 12 noon in Edmonton and includes Switzerland and Germany.
Plan for World Juniors 2022
Sunday, Dec. 26
|Finland vs. Germany||2pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
|Russia vs. Sweden||4:30 pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
|Czech Republic vs. Canada||7pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
|USA vs. Slovakia||9:30 pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
Monday, Dec. 27
|Austria vs. Finland||2pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
|Russia vs. Switzerland||4:30 pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
|Germany vs. Czech Republic||7pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
|Sweden vs. Slovakia||9:30 pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
Tuesday, Dec. 28
|Switzerland vs. USA||4:30 pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
|Austria vs. Canada||7pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
Wednesday, Dec. 29
|Finland vs. Czech Republic||2pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
|Slovakia vs. Russia||4:30 pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
|Canada vs. Germany||7pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
|Sweden vs. USA||9:30 pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
Thursday, Dec. 30
|Czech Republic vs. Austria||4:30 pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
|Slovakia vs. Switzerland||7pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
Friday, Dec. 31
|Germany vs. Austria||2pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
|Switzerland vs. Sweden||4:30 pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
|Canada vs. Finland||7pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
|USA vs Russia||9:30 pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
Sunday, Jan. 2
|The last part||2:30 pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
|The last part||5pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
|The last part||7:30 pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
|The last part||10pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
Tuesday, Jan. 4
|The final game||3pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
|The final game||7pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
Wednesday, Jan. 5
|Bronze medal games||4pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
|Gold medal games||8pm ET||TSN, NHLN|
How to View or Advertise 2022 World Juniors
Fans can capture events from Edmonton in a variety of ways. For those with a cable in the United States, NHL Network will carry all the games, while TSN will carry all of Canada.
There are also ways to run the race. In Canada, fans can play the game on the TSN program or on TSN.ca.
In the US, fans can watch the game on fuboTV (7-day free trial), on the NHL App or on NHL.tv.
Stephen Nelson will work on American radio dramas and will accompany Dave Starman as auditor while Jon Rosen will be a reporter.
In Canada, Gord Miller will be playing TSN’s playing career with Ray Ferraro joining him as the all-time Group A player, where Canada will compete.