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U.S., Canada again in same group for 2014 WJC

Saturday, 01.05.2013 / 12:11 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

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2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog
U.S., Canada again in same group for 2014 WJC

The party is under way for the United States, but its opposition for the 2014 World Junior Championship already has been set.

The tournament, which will be held in Malmo, Sweden, will see the United States take part in Group A. Joining them will be Canada, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany. Group B will include Sweden, Russia, Switzerland, Finland and Norway. Norway replaces Latvia, which was relegated after finishing 10th in this year's tournament.

"It's the first time ever that we'll have the IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo and we will try to do our best to make it a successful event," Mikael Haglund, the general secretary of the organizing committee, told reporters in Ufa, Russia.

Most games will be played at Malmo Arena, which opened in 2008 and is the most modern indoor venue in the country. It seats 13,000 and has several restaurants and bars inside. It's also the home of Swedish club Malmo Redhawks.

"If you ask me, it's the best arena in Sweden," Haglund said.

Next year's tournament will mark the sixth time the tournament has been played in Sweden. Malmo is located in the southwest part of the country, near Copenhagen.

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