2020 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

The 2020 Ice Hockey World Junior Championship (2020 WJC) was the 44th edition of the Ice Hockey World Junior Championship. It began on December 26, 2019, and ended with the gold medal game being played on January 5, 2020. Canada defeated Russia 4–3 to win the gold medal and their 18th world junior hockey championship.[1] This marks the fourth time that the Czech Republic hosted the WJHC.

2020 IIHF World Junior Championship
2020 WJHC logo.png
Tournament details
Host country Czech Republic
Dates26 December 2019 – 5 January 2020
Teams10
Venue(s)Ostravar Aréna and Werk Arena (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Canada (18th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Russia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Sweden
Fourth place Finland
Tournament statistics
Matches played31
Goals scored202 (6.52 per match)
Attendance173,474 (5,596 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Sweden Samuel Fagemo
(13 points)
MVPCanada Alexis Lafrenière
2019
2021

On April 16, 2018, it was announced that Ostrava and Třinec, in the Moravian-Silesian Region in the northeast corner of the Czech Republic, would be the host cities.[2] It is the second time that Ostrava has been the primary host of the tournament and the first time that Třinec is hosting in any capacity. Ostrava has also twice co-hosted the senior Ice Hockey World Championships.

Top DivisionEdit

VenuesEdit

Ostrava Třinec
Ostravar Aréna
Capacity: 10,004
Werk Arena
Capacity: 5,200
   


The following officials were assigned by the International Ice Hockey Federation to officiate the 2019 World Junior Championships.[3]

RostersEdit

FormatEdit

The preliminary round is a two group of five teams each internal round-robin format, followed by a three-round playoff. In the round-robin, three points are allotted for a regulation win, and two points for an overtime or shootout win. One point is allotted for an overtime or shootout loss.

The four highest-ranked teams from each group of the preliminary round advance to the quarterfinals while the last-place team from each group will play a best-of-three series, the loser relegated to Division IA for 2021, being replaced by the winner of Division IA. All other teams will retain their Top Division status for the 2021 edition.

Preliminary roundEdit

All times are local (UTC+1).

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Sweden 4 3 1 0 0 20 8 +12 11 Advance to Quarterfinals
2    Switzerland 4 3 0 0 1 19 12 +7 9
3   Finland 4 2 0 1 1 19 10 +9 7
4   Slovakia 4 1 0 0 3 8 22 −14 3
5   Kazakhstan 4 0 0 0 4 7 21 −14 0 Advance to Relegation
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.
26 December 2019
15:00
Switzerland   5–3
(2–1, 1–2, 2–0)
  KazakhstanWerk Arena, Třinec
Attendance: 1,397
26 December 2019
19:00
Sweden  3–2 OT
(0–1, 1–1, 1–0)
(OT: 1–0)
  FinlandWerk Arena, Třinec
Attendance: 4,471
27 December 2019
15:00
Slovakia  3–1
(0–0, 1–1, 2–0)
  KazakhstanWerk Arena, Třinec
Attendance: 4,915
28 December 2019
15:00
Finland  8–1
(2–0, 5–1, 1–0)
  SlovakiaWerk Arena, Třinec
Attendance: 4,915
28 December 2019
19:00
Switzerland   2–5
(0–2, 1–3, 1–0)
  SwedenWerk Arena, Třinec
Attendance: 4,109
29 December 2019
15:00
Kazakhstan  1–7
(1–2, 0–2, 0–3)
  FinlandWerk Arena, Třinec
Attendance: 3,012
30 December 2019
15:00
Kazakhstan  2–6
(0–1, 1–4, 1–1)
  SwedenWerk Arena, Třinec
Attendance: 2,375
30 December 2019
19:00
Slovakia  2–7
(0–3, 1–2, 1–2)
   SwitzerlandWerk Arena, Třinec
Attendance: 4,915
31 December 2019
15:00
Sweden  6–2
(3–0, 2–0, 1–2)
  SlovakiaWerk Arena, Třinec
Attendance: 4,154
31 December 2019
19:00
Finland  2–5
(1–0, 1–3, 0–2)
   SwitzerlandWerk Arena, Třinec
Attendance: 1,573

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Canada 4 3 0 0 1 17 13 +4 9 Advance to Quarterfinals
2   United States 4 2 1 0 1 17 13 +4 8
3   Russia 4 2 0 0 2 16 8 +8 6
4   Czech Republic (H) 4 1 0 1 2 12 18 −6 4
5   Germany 4 1 0 0 3 9 19 −10 3 Advance to Relegation
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.
26 December 2019
15:00
Czech Republic  4–3
(2–2, 2–1, 0–0)
  RussiaOstravar Aréna, Ostrava
Attendance: 8,693
26 December 2019
19:00
Canada  6–4
(0–2, 3–0, 3–2)
  United StatesOstravar Aréna, Ostrava
Attendance: 8,693
27 December 2019
19:00
Germany  3–6
(1–2, 2–2, 0–2)
  United StatesOstravar Aréna, Ostrava
Attendance: 5,013
28 December 2019
15:00
Czech Republic  3–4
(1–2, 0–1, 2–1)
  GermanyOstravar Aréna, Ostrava
Attendance: 8,693
28 December 2019
19:00
Russia  6–0
(3–0, 3–0, 0–0)
  CanadaOstravar Aréna, Ostrava
Attendance: 8,693
29 December 2019
19:00
United States  3–1
(0–0, 2–0, 1–1)
  RussiaOstravar Aréna, Ostrava
Attendance: 8,693
30 December 2019
15:00
Germany  1–4
(0–1, 0–2, 1–1)
  CanadaOstravar Aréna, Ostrava
Attendance: 6,102
30 December 2019
19:00
United States  4–3 OT
(1–2, 2–0, 0–1)
(OT: 1–0)
  Czech RepublicOstravar Aréna, Ostrava
Attendance: 8,693
31 December 2019
15:00
Russia  6–1
(2–0, 3–0, 1–1)
  GermanyOstravar Aréna, Ostrava
Attendance: 4,628
31 December 2019
19:00
Canada  7–2
(4–0, 2–2, 1–0)
  Czech RepublicOstravar Aréna, Ostrava
Attendance: 8,693

RelegationEdit

2 January 2020
10:00
Germany  4–0
(0–0, 2–0, 2–0)
  KazakhstanOstravar Aréna, Ostrava
Attendance: 1,022
4 January 2020
11:00
Kazakhstan  4–1
(1–0, 1–0, 2–1)
  GermanyOstravar Aréna, Ostrava
Attendance: 1,489
5 January 2020
11:00
Germany  6–0
(1–0, 4–0, 1–0)
  KazakhstanOstravar Aréna, Ostrava
Attendance: 1,124

Playoff roundEdit

Winning teams were reseeded for the semi-finals in accordance with the following ranking. To determine this ranking, the following criteria were used in the order presented:[4]

  1. higher position in the group
  2. higher number of points
  3. better goal difference
  4. higher number of goals scored for
  5. better seeding coming into the tournament (i.e., place the team took in the 2019 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships).
Rank Team Group Pos GP Pts GD GF Seed
1   Sweden A 1 4 11 +12 20 5
2   Canada B 1 4 9 +4 17 6
3    Switzerland A 2 4 9 +7 19 4
4   United States B 2 4 8 +4 17 2
5   Finland A 3 4 7 +9 19 1
6   Russia B 3 4 6 +8 16 3
7   Czech Republic B 4 4 4 −6 12 7
8   Slovakia A 4 4 3 −14 8 8
  Quarterfinal                    
  1B   Canada 6  
  4A   Slovakia 1   Semifinal
      2   Canada 5  
  Quarterfinal   5   Finland 0  
  2B   United States 0
  3A   Finland 1         Final
              2   Canada 4
  Quarterfinal             6   Russia 3
  1A   Sweden 5      
  4B   Czech Republic 0   Semifinal   Bronze medal game
      1   Sweden 4   1   Sweden 3
  Quarterfinal   6   Russia (OT) 5     5   Finland 2
  2A    Switzerland 1
  3B   Russia 3  

QuarterfinalsEdit

2 January 2020
12:30
Switzerland   1–3
(0–0, 1–3, 0–0)
  RussiaWerk Arena, Třinec
Attendance: 3,158
2 January 2020
15:00
Canada  6–1
(1–0, 4–0, 1–1)
  SlovakiaOstravar Aréna, Ostrava
Attendance: 7,074
2 January 2020
17:30
United States  0–1
(0–0, 0–0, 0–1)
  FinlandWerk Arena, Třinec
Attendance: 4,451
2 January 2020
20:00
Sweden  5–0
(2–0, 1–0, 2–0)
  Czech RepublicOstravar Aréna, Ostrava
Attendance: 8,693

SemifinalsEdit

4 January 2020
15:00
Sweden  4–5 OT
(2–3, 1–0, 1–1)
(OT: 0–1)
  RussiaOstravar Aréna, Ostrava
Attendance: 8,693
4 January 2020
19:00
Canada  5–0
(4–0, 1–0, 0–0)
  FinlandOstravar Aréna, Ostrava
Attendance: 8,693

Bronze medal gameEdit

5 January 2020
15:00
Sweden  3–2
(1–2, 2–0, 0–0)
  FinlandOstravar Aréna, Ostrava
Attendance: 7,954

FinalEdit

5 January 2020
19:00
Canada  4–3
(0–0, 1–2, 3–1)
  RussiaOstravar Aréna, Ostrava
Attendance: 8,693

StatisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Pos Player Country GP G A Pts +/− PIM
1 Samuel Fagemo   Sweden 7 8 5 13 +3 6
2 Barrett Hayton   Canada 7 6 6 12 +1 6
3 Nils Höglander   Sweden 7 5 6 11 +6 27
4 Alexis Lafrenière   Canada 5 4 6 10 +3 4
5 Rasmus Sandin   Sweden 7 3 7 10 +3 6
6 Grigori Denisenko   Russia 7 3 6 9 +4 8
7 Dylan Cozens   Canada 7 2 7 9 +6 4
7 Kristian Tanus   Finland 7 2 7 9 +4 0
9 Calen Addison   Canada 7 1 8 9 +4 0
10 Trevor Zegras   United States 5 0 9 9 +6 4

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalties In Minutes
Source: IIHF[5]

Goaltending leadersEdit

(minimum 40% team's total ice time)

Pos Player Country TOI GA GAA SA Sv% SO
1 Joel Hofer   Canada 337:42 9 1.60 148 93.92 1
2 Hugo Alnefelt   Sweden 368:19 13 2.12 171 92.40 1
3 Amir Miftakhov   Russia 197:50 7 2.12 86 91.86 1
4 Justus Annunen   Finland 362:01 16 2.65 190 91.58 1
5 Spencer Knight   United States 241:26 10 2.49 115 91.30 0

TOI = Time On Ice (minutes:seconds); GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SA = Shots Against; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts
Source: IIHF[6]

Final standingsEdit

Pos Grp Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 B   Canada 7 6 0 0 1 32 17 +15 18 Champions
2 B   Russia 7 3 1 0 3 27 17 +10 11 Runners-up
3 A   Sweden 7 5 1 1 0 32 15 +17 18 Third place
4 A   Finland 7 3 0 1 3 22 18 +4 10 Fourth place
5 A    Switzerland 5 3 0 0 2 20 15 +5 9 Eliminated in
Quarter-finals
6 B   United States 5 2 1 0 2 17 14 +3 8
7 B   Czech Republic (H) 5 1 0 1 3 12 23 −11 4
8 A   Slovakia 5 1 0 0 4 9 28 −19 3
9 B   Germany 7 3 0 0 4 20 23 −3 9 Avoided Relegation
10 A   Kazakhstan 7 1 0 0 6 11 32 −21 3 Relegated to 2021 Division I A
Source: IIHF
(H) Host.

AwardsEdit

Source: IIHF

Source: IIHF

Division IEdit

Group AEdit

The tournament was held in Minsk, Belarus from 9 to 15 December 2019.[7]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1   Austria 5 4 0 0 1 18 10 +8 12 Promoted to Top Division
2   Latvia 5 3 1 0 1 18 5 +13 11[a]
3   Belarus (H) 5 3 0 2 0 19 12 +7 11[a]
4   Norway 5 1 2 0 2 12 11 +1 7
5   Denmark 5 0 1 1 3 6 16 −10 3
6   Slovenia 5 0 0 1 4 6 25 −19 1 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 Latvia 3–2 (OT) Belarus

Group BEdit

The tournament was held in Kyiv, Ukraine from 12 to 18 December 2019.[7]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1   Hungary 5 5 0 0 0 29 16 +13 15 Promoted to Division I A
2   France 5 4 0 0 1 22 7 +15 12
3   Ukraine (H) 5 2 1 0 2 14 12 +2 8
4   Poland 5 2 0 0 3 29 26 +3 6
5   Estonia 5 1 0 0 4 14 27 −13 3
6   Italy 5 0 0 1 4 13 33 −20 1 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 Vilnius, Lithuania from 6 to 12 January 2020.[7]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1   Japan 5 5 0 0 0 37 7 +30 15 Promoted to Division I B
2   Great Britain 5 3 1 0 1 23 17 +6 11
3   Lithuania (H) 5 3 0 0 2 20 17 +3 9
4   Romania 5 2 0 0 3 15 24 −9 6
5   Spain 5 1 0 1 3 8 23 −15 4
6   Serbia 5 0 0 0 5 11 26 −15 0 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 Gangneung, South Korea from 28 January to 3 February 2020.[7]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1   South Korea (H) 5 5 0 0 0 20 6 +14 15 Promoted to Division II A
2   Netherlands 5 3 0 0 2 30 13 +17 9[a]
3   China 5 3 0 0 2 22 10 +12 9[a]
4   Croatia 5 3 0 0 2 31 17 +14 9[a]
5   Belgium 5 1 0 0 4 15 25 −10 3
6   Israel 5 0 0 0 5 3 50 −47 0 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.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Netherlands 3 Pts, +3 GD; China 3 Pts, –1 GD; Croatia 3 Pts, –2 GD

Division IIIEdit

The tournament was held in Sofia, Bulgaria from 13 to 19 January 2020.[7]

Rank Team
    Iceland
    Australia
    Turkey
4   Mexico
5   Bulgaria
6   New Zealand
7   Chinese Taipei
8   South Africa

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://teamusa.usahockey.com/worldjuniors2020
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-05-19. Retrieved 2018-05-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Competition officials". IIHF. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Tournament Format". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Scoring Leaders" (PDF). IIHF. 5 January 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Goalkeepers" (PDF). IIHF. 5 January 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e "World Championships – World Men U20". IIHF. Retrieved 24 May 2019.

LinksEdit