The International Ice Hockey Federation today announced the schedule for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will take place Dec. 26, 2017 - Jan. 5, 2018, in Buffalo, New York. The U.S., which looks to defend gold on home ice after winning the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal, Canada, was placed in Group A alongside Canada, Denmark, Finland and Slovakia.
Team USA will begin preliminary-round play against Denmark on Dec. 26 and have a day off before back-to-back games against Slovakia on Dec. 28 and Canada on Dec. 29. The matchup against rival Canada will be held outdoors at New Era Field, home of the Buffalo Bills.
The U.S. will then close its preliminary-round action against Finland on Dec. 31. Besides the outdoors matchup versus Canada, all of Team USA's preliminary round games will be played at KeyBank Center.
The quarterfinal round is scheduled for Jan. 2 and the semifinals will take place on Jan. 4. The bronze-medal and gold-medal games will be held on Jan. 5. All semifinal and medal games will be played at KeyBank Center.
|Tues., Dec. 26||Denmark||KeyBank Center||8:00 p.m.|
|Thurs., Dec. 28||Slovakia||KeyBank Center||8:00 p.m.|
|Fri., Dec. 29||Canada||New Era Field||TBD|
|Sun., Dec. 31||Finland||KeyBank Center||4:00 p.m.|
|Tues., Jan. 2||Quarterfinals||KeyBank Center
|Thurs., Jan. 4||Semifinals||KeyBank Center||4:00 p.m.
or 8:00 p.m.
|Fri., Jan. 5||Bronze-Medal Game||KeyBank Center||4:00 p.m.|
|Fri., Jan. 5||Gold-Medal Game||KeyBank Center||8:00 p.m.|
|Group A||Group B|
Ticket packages for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship will go on sale to the general public on Nov. 28. Fans have three options: the gold package includes all 31 games of the tournament, while silver and bronze packages include all games at KeyBank Center plus the outdoor game at New Era Field. Fans purchasing any of the three packages will also have the opportunity to purchase three additional tickets for the outdoor game.
Tickets will be available online at BuffaloWorldJuniors.com or in person at the KeyBank Center box office.
Season tickets holders for the Buffalo Sabres as well as USA Hockey members will have an exclusive pre-sale opportunity that begins on Oct. 31 and will be notified appropriately.
“We built the ticket packages to be very affordable,” said Mike Gilbert, vice president of administration for the Sabres and head of the host organizing committee for the 2018 World Juniors. “And we gave the exclusive benefit to those purchasing any package the opportunity to buy additional tickets to the outdoor game.”