2022 IIHF World Junior Championships
46th World Junior Hockey Championship under the leadership of the International Ice Hockey Federation
Traditionally, the junior championship is held in December-January, but at the very end of the year the tournament was interrupted due to an outbreak of coronavirus among the players. Therefore, it was decided to postpone the championship for the summer, the tournament will be replayed from scratch, the matches will be held from August 9 to 20, 2022.
10 national junior teams take part in the championship, but due to world events, the Russian team was suspended from participating in the tournament. Instead of the Russian command in Edmonton the combined team of Latvia U20 will act.
At the group stage, the teams are divided into two groups, each team plays one match with each in its group. Group A is played by junior teams from Canada, Finland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Latvia. Group B consists of the United States, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
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According to the results of the group stage, the first four teams from each group advance to the quarter-finals of the playoffs. And the teams that took the last places in their groups play a series of games among themselves for the right to remain in the Top Division.
Last year, the Junior World Championship was also held in Edmonton, but in a special format due to the coronavirus - without spectators in the stands. The United States won the gold medals in 2021, Canada won the silver medal and Finland won the bronze medal.
In the entire history of the World Junior Championships, the Canadian U20 team has become the most often winner - 18 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 5 bronze medals. Second place in the overall medal standings for the Soviet Union/Russia U20 team - 13 gold medals. And 5 gold medals each for the junior teams of Finland and the United States.