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

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

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

The U.S. finished sixth in the event. They entered 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, served as head coach for Team USA. 


U.S. Roster

Sights and Sounds

Daily Notebook


U.S. Tournament Schedule

Date Opponent Location TIME (LOCAL/ET)/RESULT Broadcast U.S. Player of the Game
Thurs., Dec. 26 Canada
Preliminary
Ostravar Arena L, 4-6 NHL Network Shane Pinto
Fri., Dec. 27 Germany
Preliminary
Ostravar Arena W, 6-3 NHL Network Trevor Zegras
Sun., Dec. 29 Russia
Preliminary
Ostravar Arena W, 3-1 NHL Network Spencer Knight
Mon., Dec. 30 Czech Republic
Preliminary
Ostravar Arena OTW, 4-3 NHL Network Cole Caufield
Thurs., Jan. 2 Finland
Quarterfinal
Werk Arena L, 0-1 NHL Network Spencer Knight

U.S. Pre-Tournament Schedule

Date Opponent/Event Location Time (Local/ET)/Result Broadcast/Streaming
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 W, 6-4 No Stream
Mon., Dec. 23 Germany (pre-tournament) Havirov Arena W 7-1 Live Stream

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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