The Junior IIHF Wolrd 2020 Championships will take place in the Czech Republic with two special venues in different cities.
Divided into two teams, the 10 national teams will begin the competition on Thursday, December 26, with the final set for Sunday, January 5. All teams will play a round robin in their division before the elimination games begin on January 2nd.
Group A consists of Finland, Switzerland, Group B consists of the USA, Russia, Canada, Germany and the Czech Republic.
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Which cities are hosting World Youth 2020?
The two cities hosting the tournament are Ostrava and Trinec. It marks the second time that Ostrava has hosted the youth championship and the fourth time it has hosted a IIHF World Championship. Trinec hosts for the first time in its history.
Ostrava is the capital of the region of Moravia and Silesia and has the third largest population in the Czech cities with about 300,000 people. Two current NHL players, Dallas Astera, defends Roman Uralsisan and Carolina goalkeeper Peter Mrazek, calling the town home alongside former NHL players such as Philippe Cuba, Marek Murrick Malik.
About 50 kilometers away is the town of Trinec with a population of over 35,000. It has a rich history in steel and the city served as the metal builder used to build the new roof of the Olympic Stadium in Berlin that hosted the 2006 FIFA World Cup. While the city did not have a player to reach the NHL, the Canucks drafted local Lukas Jasek in the sixth round in 2015. The wing is currently playing for the franchise’s AHL affiliate in Utica, NY
The NHL currently has 31 players from the Czech Republic in active NHL leaders, including Boston Bruins teammates David Pastrnak and David Krejci, Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek, San Jose Sarks forward Tomas Hert by Calgary Flames netminder David Rittich.
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What events are they going to play?
Ostrava’s Ostravar Arena and Trinec’s Werk Arena will host the 10 countries and their fans throughout the tournament.
At a time when every arena and stadium seems to be struggling to grow, the Ostravar Arena has reduced its capacity from 12,500 seats to 10,004 in 2018. Named after a popular brewery, the site was first opened in 1986 and was the main venue for 1994 edition of world juniors. HC Vítkovice Ridera of the Czech Extraliga plays on the venue hosted by the FIVB Women’s World Championship (1986), the UEFA Futsal Championship (2005), the 2010 World Championship Men’s World Championships and the 2010 FIFA World Championships.
The capacity of the Werk Arena is 5,400 and is 28 years younger than the Ostrava Arena, which opens in 2014. The arena’s name refers to the champion of the HC Oceláři Trinec Ice Team – Blacksmith Trinec. Although young, the five-year-old is no stranger to international competition as the qualifying matches between the Czech Republic and France took place at the 2016 Davis Cup.