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U.S. Schedule for 2017 World Junior Championship

05/06/2016, 4:15pm EDT

Team USA to open tournament against Latvia on Dec. 26

The International Ice Hockey Federation today announced the schedule for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will take place Dec. 26, 2016 - Jan. 5, 2017, in Montreal and Toronto, Canada. The U.S., which claimed the bronze medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland, was placed in Group B alongside Canada, Latvia, Russia, and Slovakia.

Team USA will begin preliminary-round play against Latvia on Dec. 26 and have a day off before back-to-back games against Slovakia on Dec. 28 and Russia on Dec. 29. The U.S. will then close its preliminary-round action against Canada on Dec. 31. All four of Team USA's preliminary round games will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

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 the Bell Centre in Montreal.

NHL Network is the exclusive U.S. TV home of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship and will broadcast every U.S. game live during the tournament.

2017 U.S. Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time EST
Mon., Dec. 26 Latvia Air Canada Centre 3:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 28 Slovakia Air Canada Centre 7:30 p.m.
Thur., Dec. 29 Russia Air Canada Centre 3:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 31 Canada Air Canada Centre 3:30 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 2 Quarterfinals TBD TBD
Wed., Jan. 4 Semifinals Bell Centre TBD
Thurs., Jan. 5 Bronze Medal Game Bell Centre 3:30 p.m.
Gold-Medal Game Bell Centre 8:00 p.m.

2017 WJC Groups

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

Team USA's Opponents


Last Meeting: Team USA and Canada opened preliminary-round play at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland, where the U.S. claimed a 4-2 victory.

World Junior History: The U.S. trails in the all-time series, 7-1-3-29-3 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T). Complete series game-by-game results.


Last Meeting: The U.S. and Latvia last met in the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, where Team USA skated to a 12-2 victory in the relegation round.

World Junior History: This will be just the third meeting between the two teams. The U.S. claimed both previous meetings by a combined score of 24-3. Complete series game-by-game results


Last Meeting: The U.S. and Slovakia met in the preliminary round of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, where the U.S. earned a 3-0 shutout.

World Junior Championship: This will be the 15th meeting between the two teams. The U.S. holds a 11-0-0-3-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) advantage. Complete series game-by-game results


Last Meeting: Team USA met Russia in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship semifinal, where Russia edged the U.S., 2-1.

World Junior Championship: The U.S. trails Russia in the all-time series, 5-0-0-12-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) but are tied with five wins apiece in group stage play. Complete series game-by-game result

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