The U.S. National Junior Team is the men's national under-20 ice hockey team that represents the United States at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Under-20 Championship (commonly referred to as the IIHF World Junior Championship). The 10-nation tournament features the world's best men's players under 20 years of age and is a 31-game event that takes place over the course of 10 days.
To date, the U.S. National Junior Team has claimed 11 medals, including four gold medals (2017, 2013, 2010, 2004), one silver medal (1997) and six bronze medals (2018, 2016, 2011, 2007, 1992, 1986). Notable players to have skated for the U.S. National Junior Team include Hockey Hall of Fame members Chris Chelios, Phil Housley, Mark Howe, Brian Leetch and Mike Modano, as well as seven first overall NHL Draft picks, including Auston Matthews, who was selected first overall at the 2016 NHL Draft.
The U.S. recently hosted the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., from Dec. 26, 2017-Jan. 5, 2018. The event included the first-ever World Juniors outdoor game when the U.S. defeated Canada 4-3 in a shootout at New Era Field, home of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, on Dec. 29, 2017. The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship will take place from Dec. 26, 2018 - Jan. 5, 2019 in Vancouver and Victoria, B.C.