In the 11th edition of the International ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, the U.S. earned a fourth place finish with a 4-3-0 (W-L-T) in Piestany, Czechoslovakia.
Team USA was captained by forward Scott Young, who was named to the tournament all-star team alongside U.S. defenseman Brian Leetch.
|Dec. 26||Finland||L, 1-4|
|Dec. 27||Czechoslovakia||W, 8-2|
|Dec. 29||Poland||W, 15-2|
|Dec. 30||Switzerland||W, 12-6|
|Jan. 1||Canada||L, 2-6|
|Jan. 2||Soviet Union||W, 4-2|
|Jan. 4||Sweden||L, 0-8|
* Canada and the Soviet Union were disqualified from the final standings.