skip navigation

1996 IIHF World Junior Championship - Boston, Mass.

Boston, Mass. | Dec. 26-Jan. 4

The United States hosted the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship for the third time when the 1996 event took place in Boston, Massachusetts. This was the first edition of the tournament to implement two groups that saw the teams partake in a round-robin preliminary round and a playoff format.

Team USA, captained by Bryan Berard, defeated Finland, 5-4, in overtime of the fifth place game to earn a 2-1-0-3-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) record. Mike Sylvia led the U.S. in points with seven while future U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Chris Drury (2015 inductee) tallied a pair of goals and assists for four points.

Team USA Results | 2-1-0-3 (W-OTW-OTL-L)

Dec. 26 Canada L, 1-6
Dec. 27 Ukraine L, 3-4
Dec. 29 Switzerland W, 4-3
Dec. 31 Finland W, 5-4
Jan. 1 Sweden
L, 0-3
Jan. 4 Finland
Fifth Place Game
OTW, 8-7

1996 U.S. Roster

Bryan Berard captained Team USA

1996 U.S. Statistics

Mike Sylvia paced all U.S. skaters with seven points

Final 1996 IIHF WJC Rankings

1. Canada 6-0-0-0-0
2. Sweden 4-0-0-2-1
3. Russia 4-0-0-2-1
4. Czech Republic 2-0-0-2-2
5. United States 2-1-0-3-0
6. Finland 2-0-1-3-0
7. Slovakia 2-0-0-1-4
8. Germany 1-0-0-3-3
9. Switzerland 2-0-0-4-1
10. Ukraine 1-0-0-6-0

*Win-Overtime Win-Overtime Loss-Loss-Tie