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2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

The 2012 IIHF U20 World Championship was the 36th World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (WJHC). It was hosted in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It began on December 26, 2011, and ended with the gold medal game played in Calgary on January 5, 2012. Sweden defeated defending-champion Russia 1–0 in overtime to win their first title in 31 years. Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov was named MVP of the tournament. Denmark was relegated to Division I and Germany was promoted to the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

2012 IIHF U20 World Championships
2012 WJHC logo.svg
Tournament details
Host country Canada
DatesDecember 26 – January 5
Teams10
Venue(s)Scotiabank Saddledome and
Rexall Place (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Sweden (2nd title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Russia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Canada
Fourth place Finland
Tournament statistics
Matches played31
Goals scored230 (7.42 per match)
Attendance455,342 (14,688 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Russia Evgeny Kuznetsov (13 points)
MVPRussia Evgeny Kuznetsov
2011
2013
Sweden celebrates with the 2012 World Junior Championship trophy

Canada missed the final for the first time in 11 years when they lost 6–5 against Russia in a semifinal in which Canada were down 6–1 halfway through the third period. However, the Canadians extended their consecutive medal streak at the tournament to 14 (5 gold, 6 silver, 3 bronze) with a 4–0 victory over Finland in the bronze medal game. The fourth-place finish for Finland was their best result in the tournament since 2006. The United States ended up in the relegation round for the first time since 1999.

Contents

Host city selectionEdit

On February 1, 2008, Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League announced that six groups had submitted letters of intent to bid to host the 2012 tournament: Calgary/Edmonton; Halifax, Nova Scotia; London/Windsor, Ontario; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Toronto; and Winnipeg.[1] The London/Windsor, Halifax and Winnipeg bids withdrew before the application deadline, leaving three groups.[2] Saskatoon was selected to host the 2010 tournament with Regina, Saskatchewan, leaving only the Calgary/Edmonton and Toronto bids for this tournament.[3]

The Alberta bid, supported by the National Hockey League's Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers as well as the Western Hockey League's Calgary Hitmen and Edmonton Oil Kings, was selected to host the tournament on August 28, 2008.[4] It will be the second time the tournament has been hosted in the province; Red Deer served as the primary host of the 1995 World Junior Championship, while some tournament games were played in both Calgary and Edmonton.

VenuesEdit

Scotiabank Saddledome
Capacity: 19,289
Rexall Place
Capacity: 16,839
   
  CanadaCalgary   CanadaEdmonton

AttendanceEdit

As part of their bid, the two cities projected that they would generate a tournament record attendance in excess of 475,000 fans and provide an economic benefit of $42 million to the province of Alberta.[5] Following a reserved offering of 10- and 21-game ticket packs for Edmonton and Calgary games respectively to season ticket holders of the Oilers, Oil Kings, Flames and Hitmen, the tournament committee held a lottery to award the right to purchase the remaining seats. While the entry deadline was supposed to coincide with the conclusion of the 2011 tournament, organizers were flooded with so many entries that their website servers crashed.[6] Organizers were overwhelmed by the response; over 187,000 entries were received for the draw.[7]

Calling the demand unprecedented, Hockey Canada announced that the 17,000 ticket packages made available to lottery winners had sold out in a matter of days, a year in advance of the tournament.[8] While organizers were pleased with the result, the way the lottery was handled has angered fans who won the right to purchase tickets but were unable to do so as no tickets were left when their turn to buy arrived.[7][9]

Ultimately, a new attendance record was set, but not by the margin initially anticipated. The total of 455,342 fans was 2,060 fans more than the previous record of 453,282 from 2009. Though many more tickets were sold as part of tournament packages, the IIHF only counts actual paid spectators in attendance in its figures.

Top divisionEdit

Each round was a round-robin tournament, where the teams played each other once within their group. The Preliminary Round was divided into two groups: Group A and Group B, which included five teams each. From each group, the top three teams qualified for the playoffs; the 1st-ranked teams earned a direct trip to the Semifinals, while the 2nd and 3rd-ranked teams qualified for the Quarterfinals. The 4th and 5th-ranked teams had to play in the Relegation Round, where the three best teams qualified for the Top Division tournament in 2013, with the last-placed team being relegated to the 2013 Division I tournament. In the Semifinals, the directly-qualified Semifinalists faced the winners from the Quarterfinals.[10]

RostersEdit

Preliminary roundEdit

Legend
Advance to the Semifinals
Advance to the Quarterfinals
Advance to the Relegation Round

Group AEdit

All round robin games held in Calgary, Alberta, at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts Advanced to
  Sweden 4 2 2 0 0 26 11 10 Semifinals
  Russia 4 3 0 1 0 23 5 10 Quarterfinals
  Slovakia 4 2 0 0 2 11 17 6 Quarterfinals
   Switzerland 4 1 0 1 2 12 16 4 Relegation Round
  Latvia 4 0 0 0 4 8 31 0 Relegation Round

All times local (MST/UTC−7)

December 26, 2011
15:30
Latvia  4–9
(2–3, 1–3, 1–3)
  SwedenScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 12,544
December 26, 2011
20:00
Switzerland   0–3
(0–1, 0–2, 0–0)
  RussiaScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 15,390
December 27, 2011
20:00
Slovakia  3–1
(0–0, 1–1, 2–0)
  LatviaScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 12,589
December 28, 2011
15:30
Sweden  4–3 GWS
(1–0, 1–1, 1–2)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 1–0)
   SwitzerlandScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 14,782
December 28, 2011
20:00
Russia  3–1
(0–1, 1–0, 2–0)
  SlovakiaScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 15,987
December 29, 2011
20:00
Latvia  0–14
(0–1, 0–6, 0–7)
  RussiaScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 14,780
December 30, 2011
15:30
Sweden  9–1
(2–1, 2–0, 5–0)
  SlovakiaScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 15,187
December 30, 2011
20:00
Switzerland   5–3
(1–0, 2–1, 2–2)
  LatviaScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 13,666
December 31, 2011
16:00
Slovakia  6–4
(1–2, 1–1, 4–1)
   SwitzerlandScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 13,029
December 31, 2011
20:00
Russia  3–4 OT
(3–0, 0–0, 0–3)
(OT: 0–1)
  SwedenScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 16,643

Group BEdit

All round robin games held in Edmonton, Alberta, at Rexall Place.

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts Advanced to
  Canada 4 4 0 0 0 26 5 12 Semifinals
  Finland 4 3 0 0 1 19 10 9 Quarterfinals
  Czech Republic 4 2 0 0 2 12 11 6 Quarterfinals
  United States 4 1 0 0 3 16 15 3 Relegation Round
  Denmark 4 0 0 0 4 6 38 0 Relegation Round

All times local (MST/UTC−7)

December 26, 2011
13:30
Finland  1–8
(0–2, 1–3, 0–3)
  CanadaRexall Place
Attendance: 15,296
December 26, 2011
18:00
Denmark  3–11
(2–3, 0–6, 1–2)
  United StatesRexall Place
Attendance: 13,604
December 27, 2011
18:00
Czech Republic  7–0
(1–0, 2–0, 4–0)
  DenmarkRexall Place
Attendance: 12,967
December 28, 2011
13:30
United States  1–4
(0–0, 0–1, 1–3)
  FinlandRexall Place
Attendance: 14,000
December 28, 2011
18:00
Canada  5–0
(1–0, 2–0, 2–0)
  Czech RepublicRexall Place
Attendance: 16,417
December 29, 2011
18:00
Denmark  2–10
(0–4, 0–3, 2–3)
  CanadaRexall Place
Attendance: 16,275
December 30, 2011
13:30
United States  2–5
(1–1, 1–1, 0–3)
  Czech RepublicRexall Place
Attendance: 14,733
December 30, 2011
18:00
Finland  10–1
(3–0, 2–1, 5–0)
  DenmarkRexall Place
Attendance: 13,144
December 31, 2011
14:00
Czech Republic  0–4
(0–2, 0–1, 0–1)
  FinlandRexall Place
Attendance: 14,429
December 31, 2011
18:00
Canada  3–2
(3–0, 0–0, 0–2)
  United StatesRexall Place
Attendance: 16,647

Relegation roundEdit

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

Legend
Advance to the 2013 World Junior Championships
Relegated to Division I A for 2013
Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts
  United States 3 3 0 0 0 25 6 9
   Switzerland 3 1 1 0 1 10 8 5
  Latvia 3 0 1 0 2 7 18 2
  Denmark 3 0 0 2 1 7 17 2

All times local (MST/UTC−7)

January 2, 2012
11:00
Switzerland   4–3 OT
(2–2, 1–1, 0–0)
(OT: 1–0 )
  DenmarkScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 9,328
January 3, 2012
11:00
United States  12–2
(4–0, 7–1, 1–1)
  LatviaScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 9,146
January 4, 2012
11:00
Latvia  2–1 OT
(0–1, 1–0, 0–0)
(OT: 1–0 )
  DenmarkScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 6,983
January 4, 2012
15:00
Switzerland   1–2
(1–2, 0–0, 0–0)
  United StatesScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 10,624

Final roundEdit

Bracket
  Quarterfinals     Semifinals     Final
                           
      B1   Canada 5  
  A2   Russia 2     A2   Russia 6    
  B3   Czech Republic 1         A1   Sweden 1
      A2   Russia 0
      A1   Sweden 3    
  B2   Finland 8     B2   Finland 2   Third place
  A3   Slovakia 5   B2   Finland 0
  B1   Canada 4

QuarterfinalsEdit

January 2, 2012
15:00
Finland  8–5
(2–2, 4–1, 2–2)
  SlovakiaScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 14,558
January 2, 2012
19:00
Russia  2–1 OT
(0–0, 1–1, 0–0)
(OT: 1–0)
  Czech RepublicScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 16,581

SemifinalsEdit

January 3, 2012
15:00
Sweden  3–2 GWS
(0–1, 0–1, 2–0)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 2–1)
  FinlandScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 15,690
January 3, 2012
19:00
Canada  5–6
(0–2, 1–3, 4–1)
  RussiaScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 19,289

Fifth place gameEdit

January 4, 2012
19:00
Czech Republic  5–2
(3–0, 1–1, 1–1)
  SlovakiaScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 12,923

Bronze medal gameEdit

January 5, 2012
13:30
Canada  4–0
(1–0, 2–0, 1–0)
  FinlandScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 18,595

FinalEdit

January 5, 2012
18:00
Sweden  1–0 OT
(0–0, 0–0, 0–0)
(OT: 1–0)
  RussiaScotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 18,722

StatisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

 
Evgeny Kuznetsov led the tournament with 13 points
Pos Player Country GP G A Pts +/− PIM
1 Evgeny Kuznetsov   Russia 7 6 7 13 +6 4
2 Max Friberg   Sweden 6 9 2 11 +4 22
3 Mikael Granlund   Finland 7 2 9 11 +4 0
4 Mark Stone   Canada 6 7 3 10 +10 2
5 Teemu Pulkkinen   Finland 7 6 4 10 +4 2
6 Ryan Strome   Canada 6 3 6 9 +9 8
6 Austin Watson   United States 6 3 6 9 +6 0
8 Nikita Gusev   Russia 7 3 6 9 +5 0
9 Jonathan Huberdeau   Canada 6 1 8 9 +8 16
10 Nail Yakupov   Russia 7 0 9 9 +4 6

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

Source: IIHF.com

Goaltending leadersEdit

(minimum 40% team's total ice time)

Pos Player Country TOI GA GAA Sv% SO
1 Andrei Vasilevski   Russia 298:31 10 2.01 95.31 2
2 Mark Visentin   Canada 200:08 5 1.43 94.38 1
3 Sami Aittokallio   Finland 310:00 13 2.52 93.69 1
4 Petr Mrázek   Czech Republic 361:30 15 2.49 92.79 1
5 Scott Wedgewood   Canada 148:48 6 2.42 91.55 1

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

Source: IIHF.com

Tournament awardsEdit

Most Valuable Player
All-star team
IIHF best player awards

Final standingsEdit

MedalistsEdit

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
  Sweden
#1 – Anton Forsberg
#5 – Mattias Bäckman
#6 – Oscar Klefbom
#7 – Fredrik Claesson
#8 – Petter Granberg
#9 – John Klingberg
#10 – Johan Larsson (C)
#11 – Jeremy Boyce-Rotevall
#12 – Patrik Nemeth
#13 – Johan Sundström (A)
#14 – Max Friberg
#15 – Sebastian Collberg
#16 – Filip Forsberg
#17 – William Karlsson
#18 – Victor Rask
#19 – Joakim Nordström (A)
#20 – Mika Zibanejad
#23 – Ludvig Rensfeldt
#24 – Rickard Rakell
#25 – Jonas Brodin
#28 – Erik Thorell
#30 – Johan Gustafsson
#35 – Johan Mattsson
  Russia
#1 – Sergei Kostenko
#3 – Artyom Sergeyev
#4 – Viktor Antipin
#6 – Mikhail Naumenkov
#7 – Igor Ozhiganov
#8 – Nikita Gusev
#9 – Nikita Kucherov
#10 – Nail Yakupov
#12 – Grigori Zheldakov
#14 – Danil Apalkov (A)
#15 – Pavel Kulikov
#16 – Ignat Zemchenko
#17 – Mikhail Grigorenko
#18 – Yaroslav Kosov
#19 – Alexander Khokhlachev
#20 – Andrey Makarov
#22 – Sergei Barbashev
#23 – Ivan Telegin
#24 – Zakhar Arzamastsev (A)
#25 – Yevgeni Kuznetsov (C)
#26 – Ildar Isangulov
#29 – Nikita Nesterov
#30 – Andrei Vasilevski
  Canada
#2 – Jamie Oleksiak
#3 – Brandon Gormley (A)
#4 – Dougie Hamilton
#5 – Mark Pysyk
#6 – Scott Harrington
#8 – Jaden Schwartz (C)
#10 – Michaël Bournival
#11 – Jonathan Huberdeau
#12 – Brendan Gallagher
#13 – Freddie Hamilton
#14 – Brett Connolly (A)
#15 – Tanner Pearson
#16 – Mark Stone
#18 – Ryan Strome
#19 – Mark Scheifele
#20 – Boone Jenner
#21 – Quinton Howden (A)
#22 – Devante Smith-Pelly (A)
#27 – Ryan Murray
#28 – Nathan Beaulieu
#29 – Mark Visentin
#30 – Scott Wedgewood

Source: [1] [2] [3]

Gold medal celebrationEdit

Sweden's gold medal win was their first since 1981, as well as their second gold medal in total. The gold medal was celebrated on January 7, 2012, in front of over 6,000 fans at Kungsträdgården in Stockholm.[11]

Division IEdit

Division I AEdit

The Division I A tournament was played in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, from 11 to 17 December 2011.[12]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts
  Germany 5 5 0 0 0 34 9 15
  Belarus 5 3 0 1 1 21 10 10
  Norway 5 3 0 0 2 19 13 9
  Slovenia 5 1 2 0 2 16 12 7
  Austria 5 1 0 1 3 11 26 4
  Great Britain 5 0 0 0 5 6 37 0
Promoted to the 2013 Top Division Relegated to the 2013 Division I B

Division I BEdit

The Division I B tournament was played in Tychy, Poland, from 12 to 18 December 2011.[13]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts
  France 5 4 0 0 1 19 6 12
  Kazakhstan 5 3 0 1 1 9 7 10
  Italy 5 2 1 0 2 14 9 8
  Poland 5 2 0 1 2 16 12 7
  Croatia 5 2 0 0 3 12 25 6
  Japan 5 0 1 0 4 9 20 2
Promoted to the 2013 Division I A Relegated to the 2013 Division II A

Division IIEdit

Division II AEdit

The Division II A tournament was played in Donetsk, Ukraine, from 12 to 18 December 2011.[14]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts
  Ukraine 5 3 2 0 0 24 10 13
  Lithuania 5 3 0 2 0 19 11 11
  Hungary 5 2 1 0 2 24 15 8
  Spain 5 2 0 0 3 14 22 6
  Netherlands 5 1 1 0 3 9 23 5
  South Korea 5 0 0 2 3 9 18 2
Promoted to the 2013 Division I B Relegated to the 2013 Division II B

Division II BEdit

The Division II B tournament was played in Tallinn, Estonia, from 10 to 16 December 2011.[15]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts
  Romania 5 5 0 0 0 44 9 15
  Estonia 5 4 0 0 1 51 14 12
  Serbia 5 3 0 0 2 18 26 9
  Belgium 5 1 1 0 3 17 23 5
  Australia 5 1 0 0 4 12 36 3
  Mexico 5 0 0 1 4 5 39 1
Promoted to the 2013 Division II A Relegated to the 2013 Division III

Division IIIEdit

The Division III tournament was played in Dunedin, New Zealand, from 16 to 22 January 2012.[16] Although originally scheduled to participate, North Korea withdrew from the tournament for unspecified reasons.[17]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts
  Iceland 4 4 0 0 0 30 2 12
  China 4 3 0 0 1 26 10 9
  New Zealand 4 2 0 0 2 19 14 6
  Bulgaria 4 1 0 0 3 7 19 3
  Turkey 4 0 0 0 4 1 38 0
promoted to the 2013 Division II B

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Saskatoon and Regina to host 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship". Hockey Canada. July 7, 2008. Retrieved July 8, 2007.
  4. ^ "Calgary, Edmonton land 2012 world hockey juniors". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. August 28, 2008. Retrieved January 17, 2010.
  5. ^ "Alberta to host 2012 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship". The Sports Network. August 28, 2008. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
  6. ^ "Bigger, better World Juniors in 2012". Edmonton Sun. January 5, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
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  8. ^ "2012 World Juniors in Alberta sold out". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. January 13, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2011.
  9. ^ Komarnicki, Jamie (January 14, 2011). "Thousands of hockey fans left empty-handed after World Juniors ticket flub". Calgary Herald. Archived from the original on January 17, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2011.
  10. ^ "Top Division format". iihf.com. IIHF. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  11. ^ Larson, Patrik (January 7, 2012). "Småkronorna hyllades av 6 000". Göteborgs-Posten (in Swedish). Retrieved March 23, 2012.
  12. ^ Division I A statistics
  13. ^ Division I B statistics
  14. ^ Division II A statistics
  15. ^ Division II B statistics
  16. ^ Division III statistics
  17. ^ "DPR Korea doesn't travel". IIHF. April 11, 2011. Archived from the original on December 8, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2011.

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