2017 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

The 2017 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships was the 41st edition of the Ice Hockey World Junior Championship (WJC or WM20).[1] The main tournament was co-hosted by the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.[2][3] This was the twelfth championship that Canada had hosted. Montreal and Toronto also jointly hosted the 2015 edition.[4] The tournament consisted of 30 games between 10 nations.[5]

2017 IIHF World U20 Championship
2017 WJHC logo.png
Tournament details
Host country Canada
DatesDecember 26, 2016 – January 5, 2017
Teams10
Venue(s)Bell Centre, Montreal
Air Canada Centre, Toronto (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg United States (4th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Canada
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Russia
Fourth place Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played30
Goals scored183 (6.1 per match)
Attendance257,882 (8,596 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Russia Kirill Kaprizov
(12 points)
MVPCanada Thomas Chabot
Website2017 World Juniors
2016
2018

Group A preliminary games, as well as the medal rounds, were hosted by the Bell Centre in Montreal. The Air Canada Centre in Toronto hosted preliminaries in Group B, including the host country of Canada.[6] The tournament also initiated several year-long celebrations, the 375th anniversary of Montreal's founding; the 100th anniversary of the National Hockey League's founding in Montreal;[7] the 100th anniversary of Hockey Canada's origins; the 50th anniversary of Montreal's Expo 67; the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation; and the 100th anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs.[8] The Maple Leafs had planned to make the WJHC the centrepiece of their 100th-anniversary celebrations.[9]

The event was organized by Hockey Canada, Hockey Québec, Ontario Hockey Federation, Montreal Canadiens, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and Evenko.[5] Montreal and Quebec provided C$1 million and C$2 million in funding, respectively, for both the 2015 and 2017 editions.

For the first time in the history of the event, the defending champion (Finland) had to compete in the relegation round. Latvia was relegated to Division I-A for 2018 by merit of their tenth-place finish.

Player eligibilityEdit

A player was eligible to play in the 2017 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships if:[10]

  • the player was of male gender;
  • the player was born at the earliest in 1997, and at the latest, in 2002;
  • the player was a citizen in the country he represented;
  • the player was under the jurisdiction of a national association that was 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.[11]

Top DivisionEdit

VenuesEdit

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

OfficialsEdit

The International Ice Hockey Federation selected 12 referees and 10 linesmen to officiate during the tournament:[12]

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.[13]

Preliminary roundEdit

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

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Sweden 4 4 0 0 0 18 6 +12 12 Advance to Quarterfinals
2   Denmark 4 1 1 1 1 11 15 −4 6
3   Czech Republic 4 1 0 2 1 9 13 −4 5
4    Switzerland 4 0 2 0 2 11 13 −2 4
5   Finland 4 1 0 0 3 6 8 −2 3 Advance to Relegation
Source: IIHF
26 December 2016
13:00
Denmark  1–6
(0–2, 0–4, 1–0)
  SwedenBell Centre, Montreal
Attendance: 4,518
26 December 2016
17:00
Finland  1–2
(1–1, 0–0, 0–1)
  Czech RepublicBell Centre, Montreal
Attendance: 4,703
27 December 2016
13:00
Czech Republic  3–4 OT
(0–0, 0–2, 3–1)
(OT: 0–1)
   SwitzerlandBell Centre, Montreal
Attendance: 4,683
27 December 2016
17:30
Denmark  3–2
(2–0, 1–0, 0–2)
  FinlandBell Centre, Montreal
Attendance: 4,733
28 December 2016
17:00
Switzerland   2–4
(1–2, 1–0, 0–2)
  SwedenBell Centre, Montreal
Attendance: 5,630
29 December 2016
13:00
Denmark  3–2 OT
(0–1, 1–1, 1–0)
(OT: 1–0)
  Czech RepublicBell Centre, Montreal
Attendance: 4,536
29 December 2016
17:30
Finland  1–3
(1–0, 0–1, 0–2)
  SwedenBell Centre, Montreal
Attendance: 9,062
30 December 2016
17:00
Switzerland   5–4 GWS
(1–3, 2–1, 1–0)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 1–0)
  DenmarkBell Centre, Montreal
Attendance: 6,006
31 December 2016
13:00
Sweden  5–2
(3–0, 1–0, 1–2)
  Czech RepublicBell Centre, Montreal
Attendance: 6,259
31 December 2016
17:30
Finland  2–0
(0–0, 2–0, 0–0)
   SwitzerlandBell Centre, Montreal
Attendance: 4,013

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   United States 4 4 0 0 0 17 6 +11 12 Advance to Quarterfinals
2   Canada (H) 4 3 0 0 1 21 8 +13 9
3   Russia 4 2 0 0 2 16 9 +7 6
4   Slovakia 4 1 0 0 3 6 14 −8 3
5   Latvia 4 0 0 0 4 6 29 −23 0 Advance to Relegation
Source: IIHF
(H) Host.
26 December 2016
15:30
United States  6–1
(1–1, 2–0, 3–0)
  LatviaAir Canada Centre, Toronto
Attendance: 7,014
26 December 2016
20:00
Canada  5–3
(1–1, 2–0, 2–2)
  RussiaAir Canada Centre, Toronto
Attendance: 18,099
27 December 2016
16:00
Latvia  1–9
(0–3, 1–3, 0–3)
  RussiaAir Canada Centre, Toronto
Attendance: 6,789
27 December 2016
20:00
Canada  5–0
(0–0, 4–0, 1–0)
  SlovakiaAir Canada Centre, Toronto
Attendance: 12,694
28 December 2016
19:30
Slovakia  2–5
(1–2, 0–3, 1–0)
  United StatesAir Canada Centre, Toronto
Attendance: 8,391
29 December 2016
15:30
Russia  2–3
(1–1, 1–2, 0–0)
  United StatesAir Canada Centre, Toronto
Attendance: 13,759
29 December 2016
20:00
Latvia  2–10
(0–3, 1–5, 1–2)
  CanadaAir Canada Centre, Toronto
Attendance: 13,796
30 December 2016
19:30
Slovakia  4–2
(1–1, 1–0, 2–1)
  LatviaAir Canada Centre, Toronto
Attendance: 6,018
31 December 2016
15:30
United States  3–1
(2–0, 1–1, 0–0)
  CanadaAir Canada Centre, Toronto
Attendance: 18,584
31 December 2016
20:00
Russia  2–0
(0–0, 1–0, 1–0)
  SlovakiaAir Canada Centre, Toronto
Attendance: 5,269

RelegationEdit

2 January 2017
11:00
Finland  2–1
(1–0, 0–1, 1–0)
  LatviaBell Centre, Montreal
Attendance: 3,016
3 January 2017
17:30
Latvia  1–4
(1–1, 0–0, 0–3)
  FinlandBell Centre, Montreal
Attendance: 4,216

Note:   Latvia was relegated for the 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

Playoff roundEdit

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

QuarterfinalsEdit

2 January 2017
13:00
Denmark  0–4
(0–2, 0–0, 0–2)
  RussiaAir Canada Centre, Toronto
Attendance: 7,801
2 January 2017
15:30
Sweden  8–3
(3–0, 2–2, 3–1)
  SlovakiaBell Centre, Montreal
Attendance: 6,331
2 January 2017
17:30
United States  3–2
(2–0, 0–1, 1–1)
   SwitzerlandAir Canada Centre, Toronto
Attendance: 8,176
2 January 2017
20:00
Canada  5–3
(0–1, 3–1, 2–1)
  Czech RepublicBell Centre, Montreal
Attendance: 10,215

SemifinalsEdit

4 January 2017
15:00
United States  4–3 GWS
(1–1, 2–1, 0–1)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 4–3)
  RussiaBell Centre, Montreal
Attendance: 11,576
4 January 2017
19:30
Sweden  2–5
(2–2, 0–1, 0–2)
  CanadaBell Centre, Montreal
Attendance: 13,456

Bronze medal gameEdit

5 January 2017
15:30
Sweden  1–2 OT
(0–0, 1–1, 0–0)
(OT: 0–1)
  Russia  Bell Centre, Montreal
Attendance: 8,366

FinalEdit

5 January 2017
20:00
  United States  5–4 SO
(0–2, 2–0, 2–2)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 1–0)
  Canada  Centre Bell, Montreal
Attendance: 20,173

StatisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Pos Player Country GP G A Pts +/− PIM
1 Kirill Kaprizov   Russia 7 9 3 12 +7 2
2 Alexander Nylander   Sweden 7 5 7 12 +7 0
3 Clayton Keller   United States 7 3 8 11 +3 2
4 Thomas Chabot   Canada 7 4 6 10 +4 8
5 Dylan Strome   Canada 7 3 7 10 +1 0
6 Mikhail Vorobyev   Russia 7 0 10 10 +6 4
7 Joel Eriksson Ek   Sweden 7 6 3 9 +8 4
8 Colin White   United States 7 7 1 8 +5 4
9 Mathew Barzal   Canada 7 3 5 8 +4 4
9 Jordan Greenway   United States 7 3 5 8 +3 2

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus–minus; PIM = Penalties In Minutes
Source: IIHF [14]

Goaltending leadersEdit

(minimum 40% team's total ice time)

Pos Player Country TOI GA GAA Sv% SO
1 Veini Vehviläinen   Finland 317:57 8 1.51 93.10 1
2 Ilya Samsonov   Russia 370:11 13 2.11 92.97 2
3 Kasper Krog   Denmark 165:00 9 3.27 91.96 0
4 Tyler Parsons   United States 330:00 12 2.18 91.67 0
5 Felix Sandström   Sweden 359:50 13 2.17 91.45 0

TOI = Time On Ice (minutes:seconds); GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts
Source: IIHF[15]

Tournament awardsEdit

Reference: [1] Most Valuable Player

All-star team

IIHF best player awards

Final standingsEdit

Pos Grp Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 B   United States 7 5 2 0 0 29 15 +14 19 Champions
2 B   Canada (H) 7 5 0 1 1 35 18 +17 16 Runners-up
3 B   Russia 7 3 1 1 2 25 14 +11 12 Third place
4 A   Sweden 7 5 0 1 1 29 16 +13 16 Fourth place
5 A   Denmark 5 1 1 1 2 11 19 −8 6 Eliminated in
Quarter-finals
6 A   Czech Republic 5 1 0 2 2 12 18 −6 5
7 A    Switzerland 5 0 2 0 3 13 16 −3 4
8 B   Slovakia 5 1 0 0 4 9 22 −13 3
9 A   Finland 6 3 0 0 3 12 10 +2 9 Advance in Relegation
10 B   Latvia 6 0 0 0 6 8 35 −27 0 2018 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship Division I
Source: IIHF
(H) Host.

Division IEdit

Group AEdit

The tournament was held in Bremerhaven, Germany from 11–17 December 2016.

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1   Belarus 5 4 0 1 0 20 10 +10 13 Promoted to Top Division
2   Germany (H) 5 3 1 0 1 17 13 +4 11
3   France 5 2 0 0 3 16 19 −3 6[a]
4   Kazakhstan 5 2 0 0 3 14 16 −2 6[a]
5   Austria 5 2 0 0 3 15 17 −2 6[a]
6   Norway 5 1 0 0 4 10 17 −7 3 Relegation to Division I B
Source: IIHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best-ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c In head-to-head games France had 6 Pts, Kazakhstan had 3 Pts, and Austria 0 Pts.

Group BEdit

The tournament was held in Budapest, Hungary from 11–17 December 2016. The hosts, entering as the bottom seed, won promotion for the second year in a row.

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1   Hungary (H) 5 4 0 0 1 21 12 +9 12 Promoted to Division I A
2   Poland 5 3 1 0 1 21 16 +5 11
3   Slovenia 5 2 1 0 2 21 13 +8 8
4   Italy 5 2 0 1 2 12 19 −7 7
5   Ukraine 5 1 1 0 3 9 13 −4 5
6   Great Britain 5 0 0 2 3 8 19 −11 2 Relegation to Division II A
Source: IIHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

Division IIEdit

Group AEdit

The tournament was held in Tallinn, Estonia from 11–17 December 2016.

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1   Lithuania 5 5 0 0 0 42 10 +32 15 Promoted to Division I B
2   Japan 5 4 0 0 1 35 13 +22 12
3   Romania 5 2 0 1 2 21 29 −8 7
4   Estonia (H) 5 2 0 0 3 18 24 −6 6
5   Netherlands 5 1 0 0 4 9 24 −15 3
6   Croatia 5 0 1 0 4 11 35 −24 2 Relegation to Division II B
Source: IIHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best-ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

Group BEdit

The tournament was held in Logroño, Spain from 7–13 January 2017.

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1   South Korea 5 4 1 0 0 27 7 +20 14 Promoted to Division II A
2   Spain (H) 5 4 0 0 1 38 12 +26 12
3   Serbia 5 3 0 1 1 23 12 +11 10
4   Belgium 5 2 0 0 3 15 19 −4 6
5   Mexico 5 0 1 0 4 13 39 −26 2
6   Australia 5 0 0 1 4 9 36 −27 1 Relegation to Division III
Source: IIHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best-ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

Division IIIEdit

The tournament was held in Dunedin, New Zealand from 16–22 January 2017. Turkey defeated China in the Gold medal game to achieve promotion to Division II. Chinese Taipei returned to play for the first time since 2011, losing all but their final game.

Team
1st   Turkey
2nd   China
3rd   Iceland
4th   New Zealand
5th   Israel
6th   Bulgaria
7th   Chinese Taipei
8th   South Africa

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "International Ice Hockey Federation". IIHF. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/206728/la_id/1/ss_id/190000/
  3. ^ TSN, "Montreal and Toronto to Host 2015, 2017 World Juniors on TSN", Hockey Canada, June 20, 2013
  4. ^ CTV News, "Montreal and Toronto to host 2015, 2017 world junior championships", Canadian Press, June 20, 2013
  5. ^ a b IIHF, "Heading to hockey’s meccas", June 20, 2013
  6. ^ The Gazette (Montreal), "World Junior Championship is coming to town" Archived June 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, Brenda Branswell, June 20, 2013
  7. ^ (in French) 24H de Montreal, "Le Championnat junior à Montréal en 2015 et 2017", Mathieu Boulay, June 24, 2013
  8. ^ CBC News, "Montreal, Toronto to co-host junior hockey worlds in 2015, 2017", Canadian Press, June 20, 2013
  9. ^ Calgary Herald, "Montreal and Toronto to host 2015 and 2017 world junior hockey championships", Bill Beacon, June 20, 2013
  10. ^ "IIHF statutes and bylaws" (PDF). IIHF. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  11. ^ "IIHF Eligibility". IIHF. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  12. ^ "Competition Officials" (PDF). IIHF.com. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  13. ^ "New format for U18, U20 Worlds". IIHF.com. May 29, 2012. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  14. ^ "Scoring Leaders" (PDF) (PDF). IIHF. January 5, 2017.
  15. ^ "Goalkeepers" (PDF). IIHF.com. January 5, 2017.

External linksEdit