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Ostrava & Trinec, Czech Republic | Dec. 26-Jan. 5

The 2020 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship will take place in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic, from Dec. 26, 2019 through Jan. 5, 2020. It is the fourth time the Czech Republic will host the event.

The 2020 U.S. National Junior Team will compete in Group B alongside Russia, Canada, Czech Republic and Germany. Group A will include Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Slovakia and Kazakhstan. The group seeds are based on the final rankings of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The U.S. enters the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship having claimed four-straight medals in tournament play for the first time in U.S. history. In addition to its silver medal in 2019, the U.S. has earned one gold (2017) and two bronze (2016, 2018) in that span. 

On April 16, USA Hockey announced that Scott Sandelin (Hibbing, Minn./Minnesota Duluth), head coach of the University of Minnesota Duluth men's ice hockey team, will serve as head coach for Team USA. 

U.S. Pre-Tournament Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time (Local/ET)
Mon., Dec. 16 Practice USA Hockey Arena (Plymouth, MI) 10 a.m.
Practice USA Hockey Arena (Plymouth, MI) 4 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 17 Practice USA Hockey Arena (Plymouth, MI) 10 a.m.
NTDP U18 (controlled scrimmage) USA Hockey Arena (Plymouth, MI) 4 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 22 Sweden (exhibition) Cesky Tesin 6 p.m./noon
Mon., Dec. 23 Germany (exhibition) Havirov Arena 5 p.m./11 a.m.

U.S. Tournament Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time (Local/ET)
Thurs., Dec. 26 Canada
Preliminary
Ostravar Arena 7 p.m./1 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 27 Germany
Preliminary
Ostravar Arena 7 p.m./1 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 29 Russia
Preliminary
Ostravar Arena 7 p.m./1 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 30 Czech Republic
Preliminary
Ostravar Arena 7 p.m./1 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 2 Quarterfinal Game 1 Werk Arena 12:30 p.m./6:30 a.m.
Quarterfinal Game 2 Ostravar Arena 3 p.m./9 a.m.
Quarterfinal Game 3 Werk Arena 5:30 p.m./11:30 a.m.
Quarterfinal Game 4 Ostravar Arena 8:00 p.m./2 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 4 Semifinal Game 1 Ostravar Arena 3 p.m./9 a.m.
Semifinal Game 2 Ostravar Arena 7 p.m./1 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 5 Bronze-Medal Game Ostravar Arena 3 p.m./9 a.m.
Gold-Medal Game Ostravar Arena 7 p.m./1 p.m.

Group B

Ostrava, Czech Republic
Ostravar Arena
Capacity: 10,004

Team 2019 Finish
United States Silver
Russia Bronze
Canada Sixth
Czech Republic Seventh
Germany Promoted

Group A

Trinec, Czech Republic
Werk Arena
Capacity: 5,200

Team 2019 Finish
Finland Gold
Switzerland Fourth
Sweden Fifth
Slovakia Eighth
Kazakhstan Ninth

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