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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. 

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/Event Location Time (Local/ET)
Mon., Dec. 16 Practice USA Hockey Arena - Mitchel Kiefer Memorial Rink (Plymouth, MI) 10:00 a.m.
Practice USA Hockey Arena - Mitchel Kiefer Memorial Rink (Plymouth, MI) 4:00 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 17 Practice USA Hockey Arena - Mitchel Kiefer Memorial Rink (Plymouth, MI) 10:00 a.m.
NTDP U18 (controlled scrimmage) USA Hockey Arena - Mitchel Kiefer Memorial Rink (Plymouth, MI) 4:00 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 22 Sweden (pre-tournament) Cesky Tesin 6:00 p.m./12:00 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 23 Germany (pre-tournament) Havirov Arena 5:00 p.m./11:00 a.m.

U.S. Tournament Schedule

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

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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