2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

The 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships was the 42nd edition of the Ice Hockey World Junior Championship, and was hosted by the city of Buffalo, New York[2] at the KeyBank Center and HarborCenter. It opened on December 26, 2017 and closed with the gold medal game on January 5, 2018. It was the sixth time that the United States has hosted the IHWJC, and the second time that Buffalo has done so, previously hosting in 2011.

2018 IIHF World U20 Championship
2018 WJHC logo.svg
Tournament details
Host country United States
DatesDecember 26, 2017 – January 5, 2018
Teams10
Venue(s)KeyBank Center, Buffalo
HarborCenter, Buffalo
New Era Field, Orchard Park[1] (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Canada (17th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Sweden
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg United States
Fourth place Czech Republic
Tournament statistics
Matches played30
Goals scored216 (7.2 per match)
Attendance211,210 (7,040 per match)
Scoring leader(s)United States Casey Mittelstadt
(11 points)
MVPUnited States Casey Mittelstadt
Website2018.worldjunior.hockey
2017
2019

A preliminary round game between Canada and the United States was played outdoors at New Era Field in nearby Orchard Park, New York on December 29, 2017. It was the second outdoor game held at any top-level IIHF world championship, the first being the opening game of the 2010 IIHF World Championship.[3][4]

Top DivisionEdit

VenuesEdit

Buffalo Orchard Park
KeyBank Center
Capacity: 19,070
KeyBank Rink at HarborCenter
Capacity: 1,800
New Era Field
Capacity: 71,870
     

Host selectionEdit

On July 28, 2015, USA Hockey named the five initial finalists for hosting the event:[5]

Chicago and Tampa were eliminated on September 15.[6] Buffalo was chosen as the host site on December 3, with a formal announcement on December 4.[7]

OfficialsEdit

The following officials were assigned by the International Ice Hockey Federation to officiate the 2018 World Junior Championships.[8]

RostersEdit

FormatEdit

The preliminary round was a two group of five teams each internal round-robin format, followed by a three-round playoff. In the round-robin, two points were allotted for a win, and one additional point for a regulation win. One point was allotted for an overtime or game winning shots loss.

The four highest-ranked teams from each group of the preliminary round advanced to quarterfinals while the last-placed team from each group played a best-of-three series, the loser relegated to Division IA for 2019. All other teams will retain their Top Division status.[9]

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   Canada 4 3 0 1 0 21 6 +15 10 Advance to Quarterfinals
2   United States 4 2 1 0 1 20 10 +10 8
3   Finland 4 2 0 0 2 15 12 +3 6
4   Slovakia 4 2 0 0 2 10 14 −4 6
5   Denmark 4 0 0 0 4 2 26 −24 0 Advance to Relegation
Source: IIHF.com
December 26, 2017
16:00
Canada  4–2
(3–1, 1–1, 0–0)
  FinlandKeyBank Center
Attendance: 9,552
December 26, 2017
20:00
Denmark  0–9
(0–5, 0–2, 0–2)
  United StatesKeyBank Center
Attendance: 7,207
December 27, 2017
19:00
Slovakia  0–6
(0–1, 0–3, 0–2)
  CanadaKeyBank Center
Attendance: 7,834
December 28, 2017
12:00
Finland  4–1
(2–0, 2–1, 0–0)
  DenmarkKeyBank Center
Attendance: 5,026
December 28, 2017
20:00
United States  2–3
(0–0, 1–1, 1–2)
  SlovakiaKeyBank Center
Attendance: 8,188
December 29, 2017
15:00
Canada  3–4 GWS
(2–0, 1–1, 0–2)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 0–2)
  United StatesNew Era Field
Attendance: 44,592
December 30, 2017
16:00
Finland  5–2
(0–0, 2–1, 3–1)
  SlovakiaKeyBank Center
Attendance: 6,229
December 30, 2017
20:00
Denmark  0–8
(0–3, 0–2, 0–3)
  CanadaKeyBank Center
Attendance: 8,671
December 31, 2017
16:00
United States  5–4
(2–0, 2–2, 1–2)
  FinlandKeyBank Center
Attendance: 7,884
December 31, 2017
18:00
Slovakia  5–1
(1–1, 2–0, 2–0)
  DenmarkHarborCenter
Attendance: 1,419

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Sweden 4 3 1 0 0 20 7 +13 11 Advance to Quarterfinals
2   Czech Republic 4 3 0 0 1 18 15 +3 9
3   Russia 4 2 0 1 1 17 13 +4 7
4    Switzerland 4 1 0 0 3 10 20 −10 3
5   Belarus 4 0 0 0 4 10 20 −10 0 Advance to Relegation
Source: IIHF.com
December 26, 2017
12:00
Czech Republic  5–4
(2–2, 2–0, 1–2)
  RussiaKeyBank Center
Attendance: 4,998
December 26, 2017
14:00
Belarus  1–6
(1–1, 0–3, 0–2)
  SwedenHarborCenter
Attendance: 1,754
December 27, 2017
15:00
Switzerland   3–2
(1–1, 0–0, 2–1)
  BelarusKeyBank Center
Attendance: 5,224
December 28, 2017
14:00
Russia  5–2
(1–0, 1–1, 3–1)
   SwitzerlandHarborCenter
Attendance: 1,895
December 28, 2017
16:00
Sweden  3–1
(2–0, 0–1, 1–0)
  Czech RepublicKeyBank Center
Attendance: 6,890
December 29, 2017
12:00
Belarus  2–5
(0–2, 0–1, 2–2)
  RussiaHarborCenter
Attendance: 1,841
December 30, 2017
12:00
Czech Republic  6–5
(0–1, 5–2, 1–2)
  BelarusKeyBank Center
Attendance: 5,222
December 30, 2017
14:00
Sweden  7–2
(1–1, 2–1, 4–0)
   SwitzerlandHarborCenter
Attendance: 2,115
December 31, 2017
12:00
Switzerland   3–6
(1–2, 2–2, 0–2)
  Czech RepublicKeyBank Center
Attendance: 5,548
December 31, 2017
20:00
Russia  3–4 GWS
(2–2, 0–0, 1–1)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 1–2)
  SwedenKeyBank Center
Attendance: 6,121

RelegationEdit

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

Note:   Belarus was relegated for the 2019 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

Playoff roundEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals
                           
  1B   Sweden 3  
4A   Slovakia 2  
  1B   Sweden 4  
  2A   United States 2  
2A   United States 4 Final
  3B   Russia 2  
    1B   Sweden 1
  1A   Canada 3
  1A   Canada 8  
4B    Switzerland 2  
  1A   Canada 7 Bronze medal game
  2B   Czech Republic 2  
2B   Czech Republic (GWS) 4 2B   Czech Republic 3
  3A   Finland 3   2A   United States 9

QuarterfinalsEdit

January 2, 2018
12:00
Czech Republic  4–3 GWS
(1–0, 1–2, 1–1)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 2–1)
  FinlandKeyBank Center
Attendance: 5,109
January 2, 2018
16:00
Canada  8–2
(3–0, 3–1, 2–1)
   SwitzerlandKeyBank Center
Attendance: 5,533
January 2, 2018
18:00
Sweden  3–2
(0–0, 2–1, 1–1)
  SlovakiaHarborCenter
Attendance: 1,445
January 2, 2018
20:00
United States  4–2
(2–1, 0–0, 2–1)
  RussiaKeyBank Center
Attendance: 6,242

SemifinalsEdit

January 4, 2018
16:00
Sweden  4–2
(0–0, 1–0, 3–2)
  United StatesKeyBank Center
Attendance: 7,524
January 4, 2018
20:00
Canada  7–2
(2–1, 4–0, 1–1)
  Czech RepublicKeyBank Center
Attendance: 6,941

Bronze medal gameEdit

January 5, 2018
16:00
Czech Republic  3–9
(0–1, 0–6, 3–2)
  United StatesKeyBank Center
Attendance: 7,122

Gold medal gameEdit

January 5, 2018
20:00
Sweden  1–3
(0–0, 1–1, 0–2)
  CanadaKeyBank Center
Attendance: 17,544

StatisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Pos Player Country GP G A Pts +/− PIM
1 Casey Mittelstadt   United States 7 4 7 11 +8 2
2 Martin Nečas   Czech Republic 7 3 8 11 −5 0
3 Kieffer Bellows   United States 7 9 1 10 +2 4
4 Jordan Kyrou   Canada 7 3 7 10 +2 0
5 Sam Steel   Canada 7 4 5 9 +3 0
6 Brady Tkachuk   United States 7 3 6 9 +6 2
7 Filip Zadina   Czech Republic 7 7 1 8 -4 2
8 Klim Kostin   Russia 5 5 3 8 +7 2
9 Cale Makar   Canada 7 3 5 8 +5 0
10 Maxim Sushko   Belarus 6 2 6 8 −1 4

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalties In Minutes
Source: IIHF [10]

Goaltending leadersEdit

(minimum 40% team's total ice time)

Pos Player Country TOI GA GAA Sv% SO
1 Carter Hart   Canada 365:00 11 1.81 92.95 1
2 Roman Durný   Slovakia 240:00 11 2.75 92.86 0
3 Filip Gustavsson   Sweden 364:36 11 1.81 92.41 0
4 Vladislav Sukhachyov   Russia 262:30 12 2.74 90.40 0
5 Philip Wüthrich    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[11]

Tournament awardsEdit

Most Valuable Player

  Casey Mittelstadt

All-star team

IIHF best player awards

Final standingsEdit

Pos Grp Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 A   Canada 7 6 0 1 0 39 11 +28 19 Champions
2 B   Sweden 7 5 1 0 1 28 14 +14 17 Runners-up
3 A   United States (H) 7 4 1 0 2 35 19 +16 14 Third place
4 B   Czech Republic 7 3 1 0 3 27 34 −7 11 Fourth place
5 B   Russia 5 2 0 1 2 19 17 +2 7 Eliminated in
Quarter-finals
6 A   Finland 5 2 0 1 2 18 16 +2 7
7 A   Slovakia 5 2 0 0 3 12 17 −5 6
8 B    Switzerland 5 1 0 0 4 12 28 −16 3
9 A   Denmark 6 1 1 0 4 10 32 −22 5 Avoided Relegation
10 B   Belarus 6 0 0 1 5 16 28 −12 1 Relegated to 2019 Division I
Source: IIHF
(H) Host.

Division IEdit

The Division IA tournament was held in Courchevel and Meribel, France from December 10-16, 2017. The Division IB tournament was held in Bled, Slovenia from December 9-15, 2017. As a result of the Division IA tournament, Kazakhstan was promoted to the Top Division, and Hungary was relegated to Division IB. As a result of the Division IB tournament, Norway was promoted to Division IA, and Lithuania was relegated to Division IIA.

Division IAEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1   Kazakhstan 5 3 2 0 0 20 10 +10 13 Promoted to Top Division
2   Latvia 5 3 1 1 0 13 5 +8 12
3   Germany 5 3 0 1 1 17 7 +10 10
4   France (H) 5 1 1 1 2 11 15 −4 6
5   Austria 5 1 0 0 4 10 20 −10 3
6   Hungary 5 0 0 1 4 11 25 −14 1 Relegated 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.

Division IBEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1   Norway 5 3 2 0 0 18 5 +13 13 Promoted to Division I A
2   Poland 5 3 1 1 0 23 14 +9 12
3   Slovenia (H) 5 3 0 1 1 18 15 +3 10
4   Ukraine 5 1 1 1 2 9 11 −2 6
5   Italy 5 0 1 0 4 9 23 −14 2[a]
6   Lithuania 5 0 0 2 3 7 16 −9 2[a] Relegated 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.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Italy defeated Lithuania 2–1

Division IIEdit

The Division IIA tournament was held in Dumfries, Great Britain from December 10-16, 2017. The Division IIB tournament was held in Belgrade, Serbia from January 10-16, 2018. As a result of the Division IIA tournament, Japan was promoted to Division IB, and Netherlands was relegated to Division IIB.

Division IIAEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1   Japan 5 4 1 0 0 23 7 +16 14 Promotion to Division I B
2   South Korea 5 2 2 0 1 21 19 +2 10[a]
3   Great Britain (H) 5 3 0 1 1 23 15 +8 10[a]
4   Estonia 5 1 0 1 3 20 25 −5 4[b]
5   Romania 5 1 0 1 3 17 20 −3 4[b]
6   Netherlands 5 1 0 0 4 13 31 −18 3 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.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b South Korea defeated Great Britain 5–4
  2. ^ a b Estonia defeated Romania 8–4

Division II BEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1   Spain 5 4 1 0 0 26 8 +18 14 Promoted to Division II A
2   Serbia (H) 5 4 0 1 0 22 12 +10 13
3   Croatia 5 3 0 0 2 16 11 +5 9
4   Belgium 5 1 0 0 4 22 28 −6 3
5   Mexico 5 1 0 0 4 12 22 −10 3
6   Turkey 5 1 0 0 4 13 30 −17 3 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 Division III tournament was held in Sofia, Bulgaria from January 22–28, 2018. The Division III qualification tournament was held in Cape Town, South Africa from February 5–7, 2018.

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1   Israel 5 5 0 0 0 25 11 +14 15 Promoted to Division II B
2   China 5 3 0 0 2 30 12 +18 9
3   Bulgaria (H) 5 3 0 0 2 22 24 −2 9
4   Iceland 5 2 0 1 2 20 15 +5 7
5   Australia 5 1 1 0 3 18 24 −6 5
6   New Zealand 5 0 0 0 5 11 40 −29 0 Relegation to Division III qualification
Source: IIHF.com
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 III qualificationEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1   South Africa 2 2 0 0 0 6 4 +2 6 Promoted to Division III
2   Chinese Taipei 2 0 0 0 2 4 6 −2 0
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) seeding before tournament.

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit