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2018 IIHF World Junior Championship - Buffalo, New York

Buffalo, New York | Dec. 26-Jan. 5

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.

2017 World Jr Summer Showcase

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Outdoor game

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2018 U.S. Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time (ET)
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.

2018 WJC Groups

Group A Group B
United States Belarus
Canada Czech Republic
Denmark Russia
Finland Sweden
Slovakia Switzerland

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