IIHF World Junior Championship

Publication date: 10 Aug 2022

About the IIHF World Junior Championship

The IIHF World Junior Championship (among youth players aged 17 to 21) is an annual event which has been organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation since 1977. It is one of the most prestigious competitions in the sport, on a par with the Olympic Games and the World Cup.

About the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship

The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship will be held from August 9 to 20 in Canada (Edmonton and Red Deer). It will feature teams from 10 countries (Austria, Germany, Canada, Latvia, USA, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland). The Group A matches will be played at Rogers Place arena (capacity of 18600 spectators), and the Group B games at Westerner Park Centrium arena (7100 spectators).

History of the IIHF World Junior Championship

Turning to history, we find out that the first youth hockey tournament took place in 1974, but at that time it had no official status. The first championship was held in the USSR, in Leningrad. Six teams (USSR, Finland, Sweden, Canada, USA, and Czechoslovakia) took part. The USSR team ranked first in the tournament, defeating its rivals by a wide margin.

Results of previous IIHF World Junior Championships

Last year, the USA team won the tournament by defeating Canada in the final. Finland took third place.

The year Venue Results/ Places
2021 Canada 1 – USA

2 – Canada

3 – Finland

2020 Czech Republic 1 – Canada

2 – Sweden

3 – Russia

2019 Canada 1 – Finland

2 – USA

3 – Russia


Unfortunately, the Russian national team will not participate in the 2022 championship, but we hope there will be something to see.

2023, 2024 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

The 2023 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships will be held from 26 December 2022 to 5 January 2023 in Halifax and Moncton, Canada. Originally, the Russian cities of Omsk and Novosibirsk were to host the championships. Unfortunately, due to the special operation in Ukraine, the 47th World Junior Ice Hockey Championships was moved to Canada.

The 2024 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships will be held from 26 December 2023 to 5 January 2024 in Gothenburg in Sweden.

Keep an eye on the dates of the IIHF World Junior Championship and other events in our Sports events calendar.

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