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2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

The 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships was the 39th edition of World Junior Ice Hockey Championship, played from December 26, 2014 to January 5, 2015. It was co-hosted by Toronto, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec, Canada,[1] and organized by Hockey Canada, Hockey Quebec, the Ontario Hockey Federation, the Montreal Canadiens, Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment and Evenko.[2] Games were split between Air Canada Centre in Toronto and Bell Centre in Montreal, with Montreal hosting Group A matches and two quarter finals, and Toronto hosting Group B, along with the relegation games, two quarter finals, along with the semi-finals, bronze medal, and gold medal games.[3][4]

2015 IIHF World U20 Championships
2015 WJHC logo.svg
Tournament details
Host country Canada
DatesDecember 26, 2014 – January 5, 2015
Teams10
Venue(s)Air Canada Centre, Toronto
Bell Centre, Montreal (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Canada (16th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Russia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Slovakia
Fourth place Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played30
Goals scored176 (5.87 per match)
Attendance366,370 (12,212 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Canada Sam Reinhart
(11 points)
MVPSlovakia Denis Godla
Websitehttp://www.worldjunior2015.com
2014
2016

After failing to medal at the previous two editions of the tournament, Canada beat Russia in the final to win the gold medal, marking Canada's first medal at the World Juniors since 2012, and Canada's first gold since 2009. Slovakia defeated Sweden in the bronze medal game to win their second-ever medal. Germany finished tenth overall and was relegated to Division IA for the 2016 tournament. Slovak goaltender Denis Godla was named the tournament's most valuable player, while Sam Reinhart of Canada was the scoring leader with 11 points.

Player eligibilityEdit

A player is eligible to play in the 2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships if:[5]

  • the player is of male gender;
  • the player was born at the earliest in 1995, and at the latest, in 2000;
  • 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.[6]

Top DivisionEdit

VenuesEdit

Toronto Montreal
Air Canada Centre
Capacity: 18,819
Bell Centre
Capacity: 21,287
   

OfficialsEdit

The IIHF selected 12 referees and 10 linesmen to officiate during the tournament:[7]

FormatEdit

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

RostersEdit

Preliminary roundEdit

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

Team qualified to Quarterfinals
Team will play in Relegation round

Group AEdit

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
  Canada 4 4 0 0 0 21 4 +17 12
  United States 4 2 1 0 1 14 6 +8 8
  Slovakia 4 2 0 0 2 7 14 −7 6
  Finland 4 1 0 1 2 5 8 −3 4
  Germany 4 0 0 0 4 2 17 −15 0
December 26, 2014
15:00
Finland  1–2 GWS
(1–1, 0–0, 0–0)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 1–2)
  United StatesBell Centre
Attendance: 8,006
December 26, 2014
20:00
Canada  8–0
(3–0, 4–0, 1–0)
  SlovakiaBell Centre
Attendance: 14,142
December 27, 2014
16:00
Slovakia  2–1
(1–1, 1–0, 0–0)
  FinlandBell Centre
Attendance: 6,007
December 27, 2014
20:00
Germany  0–4
(0–2, 0–0, 0–2)
  CanadaBell Centre
Attendance: 12,733
December 28, 2014
20:00
United States  6–0
(2–0, 2–0, 2–0)
  GermanyBell Centre
Attendance: 7,000
December 29, 2014
16:00
United States  3–0
(0–0, 1–0, 2–0)
  SlovakiaBell Centre
Attendance: 8,798
December 29, 2014
20:00
Finland  1–4
(0–1, 1–1, 0–2)
  CanadaBell Centre
Attendance: 15,718
December 30, 2014
20:00
Slovakia  5–2
(3–1, 0–0, 2–1)
  GermanyBell Centre
Attendance: 5,568
December 31, 2014
16:00
Canada  5–3
(0–0, 2–1, 3–2)
  United StatesBell Centre
Attendance: 18,295
December 31, 2014
20:00
Germany  0–2
(0–1, 0–1, 0–0)
  FinlandBell Centre
Attendance: 3,991

Group BEdit

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
  Sweden 4 4 0 0 0 18 6 +12 12
  Czech Republic 4 1 1 0 2 12 14 −2 5
  Russia 4 1 1 0 2 13 9 +4 5
  Denmark 4 0 1 2 1 10 15 −5 4
   Switzerland 4 1 0 1 2 9 18 −9 4
December 26, 2014
13:00
Russia  3–2 GWS
(0–2, 1–0, 1–0)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 2–0)
  DenmarkAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 12,412
December 26, 2014
17:00
Sweden  5–2
(2–0, 1–2, 2–0)
  Czech RepublicAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 13,077
December 27, 2014
13:00
Denmark  1–5
(0–3, 1–2, 0–0)
  SwedenAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 13,018
December 27, 2014
17:00
Czech Republic  2–5
(2–2, 0–3, 0–0)
   SwitzerlandAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 12,926
December 28, 2014
17:00
Switzerland   0–7
(0–3, 0–2, 0–2)
  RussiaAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 15,125
December 29, 2014
13:00
Czech Republic  4–3 OT
(1–1, 1–1, 1–1)
(OT 1–0)
  DenmarkAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 12,038
December 29, 2014
17:00
Sweden  3–2
(1–0, 0–1, 2–1)
  RussiaAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 16,710
December 30, 2014
17:00
Switzerland   3–4 GWS
(2–1, 1–2, 0–0)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 1–2)
  DenmarkAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 13,263
December 31, 2014
13:00
Switzerland   1–5
(1–1, 0–4, 0–0)
  SwedenAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 13,857
December 31, 2014
17:00
Russia  1–4
(0–1, 1–1, 0–2)
  Czech RepublicAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 12,566

Relegation roundEdit

January 2, 2015
11:00
Switzerland   5–2
(1–0, 3–1, 1–1)
  GermanyAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 7,409
January 3, 2015
19:00
Germany  2–5
(1–2, 1–1, 0–2)
   SwitzerlandAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 8,392

Playoff roundEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals
                           
  1A   Canada 8  
4B   Denmark 0  
  1A   Canada 5  
  3A   Slovakia 1  
2B   Czech Republic 0 Final
  3A   Slovakia 3  
    1A   Canada 5
  3B   Russia 4
  1B   Sweden 6  
4A   Finland 3  
  1B   Sweden 1 Bronze medal game
  3B   Russia 4  
2A   United States 2 1B   Sweden 2
  3B   Russia 3   3A   Slovakia 4

QuarterfinalsEdit

January 2, 2015
13:00
United States  2–3
(0–2, 1–0, 1–1)
  RussiaBell Centre
Attendance: 8,694
January 2, 2015
15:00
Sweden  6–3
(0–0, 3–3, 3–0)
  FinlandAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 14,440
January 2, 2015
17:00
Czech Republic  0–3
(0–1, 0–0, 0–2)
  SlovakiaBell Centre
Attendance: 7,696
January 2, 2015
20:00
Canada  8–0
(2–0, 3–0, 3–0)
  DenmarkAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 18,448

SemifinalsEdit

January 4, 2015
16:00
Sweden  1–4
(0–0, 0–2, 1–2)
  RussiaAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 15,400
January 4, 2015
20:00
Canada  5–1
(1–0, 2–1, 2–0)
  SlovakiaAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 18,002

Bronze medal gameEdit

January 5, 2015
16:00
Sweden  2–4
(2–2, 0–0, 0–2)
  SlovakiaAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 13,625

FinalEdit

January 5, 2015
20:00
Canada  5–4
(2–1, 3–3, 0–0)
  RussiaAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 19,014

StatisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Pos Player Country GP G A Pts +/− PIM
1 Sam Reinhart   Canada 7 5 6 11 +13 6
2 Nic Petan   Canada 7 4 7 11 +4 0
3 Connor McDavid   Canada 7 3 8 11 +8 0
4 Max Domi   Canada 7 5 5 10 +10 4
5 William Nylander   Sweden 7 3 7 10 –2 0
6 Curtis Lazar   Canada 7 5 4 9 +8 0
7 Oskar Lindblom   Sweden 7 4 5 9 –1 0
7 Martin Réway   Slovakia 7 4 5 9 –1 2
9 Adrian Kempe   Sweden 6 4 4 8 0 2
10 Anthony Duclair   Canada 7 4 4 8 +11 16

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 Zachary Fucale   Canada 300:00 6 1.20 93.94 2
2 Igor Shestyorkin   Russia 242:13 8 1.98 93.80 1
3 Thatcher Demko   United States 241:42 7 1.74 93.75 1
4 Denis Godla   Slovakia 391:35 18 2.76 92.56 1
5 Ville Husso   Finland 183:12 7 2.29 92.31 1

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

Source: IIHF.com

Tournament awardsEdit

Reference: [1] Most Valuable Player

All-star team

IIHF best player awards

Final standingsEdit

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

Division I AEdit

The Division I A tournament was played in Asiago, Italy, from 14 to 20 December 2014.[9]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
  Belarus 5 4 1 0 0 22 9 +13 14
  Norway 5 2 2 0 1 16 11 +5 10
  Latvia 5 2 0 1 2 15 11 +4 7
  Italy 5 1 1 0 3 16 22 −6 5
  Austria 5 1 0 2 2 21 27 −6 5
  Slovenia 5 1 0 1 3 17 27 −10 4
Promoted to the 2016 Top Division Relegated to the 2016 Division I B

Division I BEdit

The Division I B tournament was played in Dunaújváros, Hungary, from 14 to 20 December 2014.[10]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
  Kazakhstan 5 5 0 0 0 23 9 +14 15
  Ukraine 5 2 1 0 2 10 11 −1 8
  Poland 5 2 0 1 2 13 15 −2 7
  France 5 2 0 1 2 11 13 −2 7
  Japan 5 1 1 0 3 15 17 −2 5
  Hungary 5 0 1 1 3 9 16 −7 3
Promoted to the 2016 Division I A Relegated to the 2016 Division II A

Division IIEdit

Division II AEdit

The Division II A tournament was played in Tallinn, Estonia, from 7 to 13 December 2014.[11]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
  Great Britain 5 4 1 0 0 22 13 +9 14
  Lithuania 5 2 1 1 1 24 19 +5 9
  South Korea 5 2 1 1 1 18 18 0 9
  Netherlands 5 1 1 0 3 18 16 +2 5
  Estonia 5 1 0 1 3 12 22 −10 4
  Romania 5 1 0 1 3 18 24 −6 4
Promoted to the 2016 Division I B Relegated to the 2016 Division II B

Division II BEdit

The Division II B tournament was played in Jaca, Spain, from 13 to 19 December 2014.[12]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
  Croatia 5 5 0 0 0 22 9 +13 15
  Spain 5 4 0 0 1 27 10 +17 12
  Australia 5 2 0 1 2 15 15 0 7
  Belgium 5 1 1 1 2 15 17 −2 6
  Serbia 5 1 1 0 3 9 19 −10 5
  Iceland 5 0 0 0 5 11 29 −18 0
Promoted to the 2016 Division II A Relegated to the 2016 Division III

Division IIIEdit

The Division III tournament was played in Dunedin, New Zealand, from 20 to 25 January 2015.[13]

On December 27, 2014 organizers announced that the Bulgarian Ice Hockey Federation withdrew their U20 team from the tournament.[14]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
  China 4 4 0 0 0 29 3 +26 12
  New Zealand 4 2 0 1 1 13 11 +2 7
  Mexico 4 1 1 0 2 8 10 −2 5
  South Africa 4 1 0 0 3 4 22 −18 3
  Turkey 4 1 0 0 3 7 15 −8 3
Promoted to the 2016 Division II B

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Canada to host more tourneys". International Ice Hockey Federation. May 9, 2010. Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2011.
  2. ^ "Heading to hockey’s meccas" Archived June 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, IIHF.com. June 20, 2013
  3. ^ "Montreal and Toronto to host 2015, 2017 world junior championships", Canadian Press, June 20, 2013
  4. ^ The Gazette (Montreal), "World Junior Championship is coming to town" Archived June 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, Brenda Branswell, June 20, 2013
  5. ^ "IIHF statutes and bylaws" (PDF). IIHF. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  6. ^ "IIHF Eligibility". IIHF. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  7. ^ "Officials Known". IIHF.com. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  8. ^ "New format for U18, U20 Worlds". IIHF.com. May 29, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  9. ^ Division I A statistics
  10. ^ Division I B statistics
  11. ^ Division II A statistics
  12. ^ Division II B statistics
  13. ^ Division III statistics
  14. ^ Bulgaria withdraws

External linksEdit