The U.S. National Junior Team will enter the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship as the defending gold medalist on home ice as the United States will host the event for the second time in the city of Buffalo, New York, and sixth time overall. The previous time the event was held in Buffalo also saw Team USA enter as defending gold medalists, where it finished with a bronze medal at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship after claiming gold at the 2010 event in Ufa, Russia.
The 2018 event will be conducted from Dec. 26, 2017-Jan. 5, 2018 at the KeyBank Center and HarborCenter in downtown Buffalo. The U.S. and Canada will make history when the two rivals battle outdoors on Dec. 29, 2017, in a preliminary round game. The outdoor game, one of 31 total in the 2018 World Juniors, will be staged at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. Never before has an outdoor game been played at any top-level IIHF world championship.
|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 or Harborcenter||TBD|
|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.|
|Gold-Medal Game||KeyBank Center||8:00 p.m.|
|Group A||Group B|