The arrival of the festive season means that the World Youth Hockey Championship is very close.
Once again, the best under 20 players from all over the world will meet to determine which nation has the best juniors crop. This time the setting is the Czech Republic – the eastern cities of Ostrava and Trinec serve as hosts for the latest edition of the tournament.
The Czechs will try to take advantage of the ice at home to push themselves to the podium for the first time since 2005, when they finished third behind Canadian champion and Russian silver medalist. It has been even longer since the Czech Republic claimed gold in this fight, with first-place finishes back and forth in 2000 and 2001 the last (and only) time the nation reached the nation.
As usual as Canada, the United States and Russia will be considered favorites, though Finland will be willing to defend its title after a stunning run through competition last year.
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Here’s everything you need to know about the tournament.
Where is the 2020 World Youth Championship?
The 2020 World Youth Championships will take place in the Czech Republic, with the cities of Ostrava and Trinec hosting the games.
This will be the 44th edition of the tournament, the fourth in the Czech Republic.
When will the 2020 World Youth Championship take place?
The tournament runs from December 26 until January 5.
What is the channel that broadcasts the World Youth Championship?
- TV Channel (USA): NHL Network
- TV Channel (Canada): TSN
- Livestream (USA): TBD
- Live Stream (Canada): TSN Direct
Which teams are in the World Youth Championship?
There are ten teams involved, divided into two groups of five.
When is Canada against the US?
The hockey gods blessed us with an early meeting between North American competitors, as Canada will take on the United States on Thursday, December 26 – the first day of the competition.
Puck fall is scheduled for 1 pm Eastern time zone.
Complete schedule for the 2020 World Youth Championship
All seasons Eastern.
Thursday, December 26th
Switzerland and Kazakhstan, 9am
Czech Republic vs. Russia, 9am
Sweden vs. Finland, 1pm
Canada v. United States, 1 p.m.
Friday, December 27th
Slovakia vs. Slovakia Kazakhstan, 9am
Germany vs. United States, 1 pm
Saturday, December 28
Finland vs. Slovakia, 9am
Czech Republic vs. Germany, 9am
Switzerland vs. Sweden, 1pm
Russia vs. Canada, 1pm
Sunday, December 29th
Kazakhstan vs. Finland, 9am
United States vs. Russia, 1 pm
Monday, December 30th
Kazakhstan vs. Sweden, 9am
Germany vs. Canada, 9am
Slovakia vs. Switzerland, 1pm
United States vs. Czech Republic, 1 pm
Tuesday, December 31
Sweden vs. Slovakia, 9am
Russia vs. Germany, 9am
Finland vs. Switzerland, 1 pm
Canada v. Czech Republic, 1 pm
Thursday, January 2
Wednesday, 6:30 am
Wednesday, 11:30 am
Wednesday, 2 pm
Saturday, January 4
Sunday, January 5th
Bronze Medal, 9am
Gold Medal, 1pm
Who won the 2019 World Youth Championship?
Finland won the tournament in 2019, beating the US 3-2 in the final. It was Finland’s fifth gold medal in the competition.
Who won the World Youth Championship this decade?
Which countries have won the most medals in the World Youth Championship?
Czech Republic +
* Includes medals won as a Soviet Union and the CIS
+ includes the medals they won as Czechoslovakia