At 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 26, the U.S. will face Finland, the team it beat in the quarterfinals last year in Saskatoon, at the HSBC Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres.
Canada also will play opening day, facing Russia at 4 p.m. Last year's silver medalists had their
five-tournament win streak ended by the U.S. in a 6-5 overtime victory in the gold-medal game.
This is the first time since 2005 the U.S. has hosted the event, when it was played in Grand Forks, N.D., and Thief River Falls, Minn. -- which also marked the last time the U.S. was defending champion, having won the event in 2004 in Finland. Canada beat Russia for the gold medal in 2005, starting the run that the U.S. just ended.
Germany and Switzerland -- last year's surprise fourth-place finisher -- will start the first day of the IIHF under-20 tournament at 12:30 p.m. ET. Norway and Sweden also will play Dec. 26, at 4 p.m. at Dwyer Arena at Niagara University, in Lewiston, N.Y.
After a day off, the U.S. will play Slovakia at 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 28, Germany at 7 p.m. ET on Dec. 30, and Switzerland at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31.
Canada plays the Czech Republic at 4 p.m. on Dec. 28; Norway at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 29; and Sweden at 4 p.m. on Dec. 31.
All U.S. games will be televised on the NHL Network-U.S., and TSN will televise all Canada games.
The quarterfinals will be played Jan. 2 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET; the semifinals will be played Jan. 3 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The bronze-medal game will be Jan. 5 at 3:30 p.m. ET; and the gold-medal game will be played Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET. All knockout-round games will be played at HSBC Arena and broadcast on NHL Network-U.S. and TSN.
Contact Adam Kimelman at firstname.lastname@example.org
|2010 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE|
|Dec. 26||1||12:30 p.m. ET||Buffalo||Germany vs. Switzerland|
|Dec. 26||2||4 p.m. ET||Buffalo||Russia vs. Canada|
|Dec. 26||3||4 p.m. ET||Niagara||Norway vs. Sweden|
|Dec. 26||4||8 p.m. ET||Buffalo||Finland vs. U.S.|
|Dec. 27||5||7 p.m. ET||Buffalo||Slovakia vs. Germany|
|Dec. 27||6||7 p.m. ET||Niagara||Czech Republic vs. Norway|
|Dec. 28||7||12:30 p.m. ET||Buffalo||Switzerland vs. Finland|
|Dec. 28||8||4 p.m. ET||Buffalo||Canada vs. Czech Republic|
|Dec. 28||9||4 p.m. ET||Niagara||Sweden vs. Russia|
|Dec. 28||10||8 p.m. ET||Buffalo||U.S. vs. Slovakia|
|Dec. 29||11||3:30 p.m. ET||Buffalo||Finland vs. Germany|
|Dec. 29||12||7:30 p.m. ET||Buffalo||Norway vs. Canada|
|Dec. 30||13||3 p.m. ET||Buffalo||Switzerland vs. Slovakia|
|Dec. 30||14||3 p.m. ET||Niagara||Sweden vs. Czech Republic|
|Dec. 30||15||7 p.m. ET||Niagara||Russia vs. Norway|
|Dec. 30||16||7 p.m. ET||Buffalo||Germany vs. U.S.|
|Dec. 31||17||12:30 p.m. ET||Buffalo||Slovakia vs. Finland|
|Dec. 31||18||4 p.m. ET||Buffalo||Canada vs. Sweden|
|Dec. 31||19||7 p.m. ET||Niagara||Czech Republic vs. Russia|
|Dec. 31||20||8 p.m. ET||Buffalo||U.S. vs. Switzerland|