2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

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Not to be confused with 2012 IIHF World U18 Championships.
2012 IIHF U20 World Championships
2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.png
Tournament details
Host country  Canada
Dates December 26 – January 5
Teams 10
Venue(s) Scotiabank Saddledome and
Rexall Place (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Sweden (2nd title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Russia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Canada
Fourth place  Finland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 31
Goals scored 230 (7.42 per match)
Attendance 455,342 (14,688 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Russia Evgeny Kuznetsov (13 points)
MVP Russia Evgeny Kuznetsov
2011
2013
Sweden celebrates with the 2012 World Junior Championship trophy

The 2012 IIHF U20 World Championship was the 36th World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (WJHC). It was hosted in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It began on December 26, 2011, and ended with the gold medal game played in Calgary on January 5, 2012. Sweden defeated defending-champion Russia 1–0 in overtime to win their first title in 31 years. Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov was named MVP of the tournament. Denmark was relegated to Division I and Germany was promoted to the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Canada missed the final for the first time in 11 years when they lost 6–5 against Russia in a semifinal in which Canada were down 6–1 halfway through the third period. However, the Canadians extended their consecutive medal streak at the tournament to 14 (5 gold, 6 silver, 3 bronze) with a 4–0 victory over Finland in the bronze medal game. The fourth place finish for Finland was their best result in the tournament since 2006. The United States ended up in the relegation round for the first time since 1999.

Host city selection[edit]

On February 1, 2008, Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League announced that six groups had submitted letters of intent to bid to host the 2012 tournament: Calgary/Edmonton; Halifax, Nova Scotia; London/Windsor, Ontario; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Toronto; and Winnipeg.[1] The London/Windsor, Halifax and Winnipeg bids withdrew before the application deadline, leaving three groups.[2] Saskatoon was selected to host the 2010 tournament with Regina, Saskatchewan, leaving only the Calgary/Edmonton and Toronto bids for this tournament.[3]

The Alberta bid, supported by the National Hockey League's Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers as well as the Western Hockey League's Calgary Hitmen and Edmonton Oil Kings, was selected to host the tournament on August 28, 2008.[4] It will be the second time the tournament has been hosted in the province; Red Deer served as the primary host of the 1995 World Junior Championship, while some tournament games were played in both Calgary and Edmonton.

Venues[edit]

Scotiabank Saddledome
Capacity: 19,289
Rexall Place
Capacity: 16,839
PengrowthSaddledome.jpg Rexall Place Edmonton Alberta Canada 07A.jpg
 CanadaCalgary  CanadaEdmonton

Attendance[edit]

As part of their bid, the two cities projected that they would generate a tournament record attendance in excess of 475,000 fans and provide an economic benefit of $42 million to the province of Alberta.[5] Following a reserved offering of 10- and 21-game ticket packs for Edmonton and Calgary games respectively to season ticket holders of the Oilers, Oil Kings, Flames and Hitmen, the tournament committee held a lottery to award the right to purchase the remaining seats. While the entry deadline was supposed to coincide with the conclusion of the 2011 tournament, organizers were flooded with so many entries that their website servers crashed.[6] Organizers were overwhelmed by the response; over 187,000 entries were received for the draw.[7]

Calling the demand unprecedented, Hockey Canada announced that the 17,000 ticket packages made available to lottery winners had sold out in a matter of days, a year in advance of the tournament.[8] While organizers were pleased with the result, the way the lottery was handled has angered fans who won the right to purchase tickets but were unable to do so as no tickets were left when their turn to buy arrived.[7][9]

Ultimately, a new attendance record was set, but not by the margin initially anticipated. The total of 455,342 fans was 2,060 fans more than the previous record of 453,282 from 2009. Though many more tickets were sold as part of tournament packages, the IIHF only counts tickets actually used in its figures.

Top division[edit]

Each round was a round-robin tournament, where the teams played each other once within their group. The Preliminary Round was divided into two groups: Group A and Group B, which included five teams each. From each group, the top three teams qualified for the playoffs; the 1st-ranked teams earned a direct trip to the Semifinals, while the 2nd and 3rd-ranked teams qualified for the Quarterfinals. The 4th and 5th-ranked teams had to play in the Relegation Round, where the three best teams qualified for the Top Division tournament in 2013, with the last-placed team being relegated to the 2013 Division I tournament. In the Semifinals, the directly-qualified Semifinalists faced the winners from the Quarterfinals.[10]

Rosters[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

Legend
Advance to the Semifinals
Advance to the Quarterfinals
Advance to the Relegation Round

Group A[edit]

All round robin games held in Calgary, Alberta, at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts Advanced to
 Sweden 4 2 2 0 0 26 11 10 Semifinals
 Russia 4 3 0 1 0 23 5 10 Quarterfinals
 Slovakia 4 2 0 0 2 11 17 6 Quarterfinals
 Switzerland 4 1 0 1 2 12 16 4 Relegation Round
 Latvia 4 0 0 0 4 8 31 0 Relegation Round

All times local (MST/UTC-7)

December 26, 2011
15:30
Latvia  4–9
(2–3, 1–3, 1–3)
 Sweden Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 12,544
December 26, 2011
20:00
Switzerland  0–3
(0–1, 0–2, 0–0)
 Russia Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 15,390
December 27, 2011
20:00
Slovakia  3–1
(0–0, 1–1, 2–0)
 Latvia Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 12,589
December 28, 2011
15:30
Sweden  4–3 GWS
(1–0, 1–1, 1–2)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 1–0)
 Switzerland Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 14,782
December 28, 2011
20:00
Russia  3–1
(0–1, 1–0, 2–0)
 Slovakia Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 15,987
December 29, 2011
20:00
Latvia  0–14
(0–1, 0–6, 0–7)
 Russia Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 14,780
December 30, 2011
15:30
Sweden  9–1
(2–1, 2–0, 5–0)
 Slovakia Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 15,187
December 30, 2011
20:00
Switzerland  5–3
(1–0, 2–1, 2–2)
 Latvia Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 13,666
December 31, 2011
16:00
Slovakia  6–4
(1–2, 1–1, 4–1)
 Switzerland Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 13,029
December 31, 2011
20:00
Russia  3–4 OT
(3–0, 0–0, 0–3)
(OT: 0–1)
 Sweden Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 16,643

Group B[edit]

All round robin games held in Edmonton, Alberta, at Rexall Place.

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts Advanced to
 Canada 4 4 0 0 0 26 5 12 Semifinals
 Finland 4 3 0 0 1 19 10 9 Quarterfinals
 Czech Republic 4 2 0 0 2 12 11 6 Quarterfinals
 United States 4 1 0 0 3 16 15 3 Relegation Round
 Denmark 4 0 0 0 4 6 38 0 Relegation Round

All times local (MST/UTC-7)

December 26, 2011
13:30
Finland  1–8
(0–2, 1–3, 0–3)
 Canada Rexall Place
Attendance: 15,296
December 26, 2011
18:00
Denmark  3–11
(2–3, 0–6, 1–2)
 United States Rexall Place
Attendance: 13,604
December 27, 2011
18:00
Czech Republic  7–0
(1–0, 2–0, 4–0)
 Denmark Rexall Place
Attendance: 12,967
December 28, 2011
13:30
United States  1–4
(0–0, 0–1, 1–3)
 Finland Rexall Place
Attendance: 14,000
December 28, 2011
18:00
Canada  5–0
(1–0, 2–0, 2–0)
 Czech Republic Rexall Place
Attendance: 16,417
December 29, 2011
18:00
Denmark  2–10
(0–4, 0–3, 2–3)
 Canada Rexall Place
Attendance: 16,275
December 30, 2011
13:30
United States  2–5
(1–1, 1–1, 0–3)
 Czech Republic Rexall Place
Attendance: 14,733
December 30, 2011
18:00
Finland  10–1
(3–0, 2–1, 5–0)
 Denmark Rexall Place
Attendance: 13,144
December 31, 2011
14:00
Czech Republic  0–4
(0–2, 0–1, 0–1)
 Finland Rexall Place
Attendance: 14,429
December 31, 2011
18:00
Canada  3–2
(3–0, 0–0, 0–2)
 United States Rexall Place
Attendance: 16,647

Relegation round[edit]

The results from matches between teams from the same group in the preliminary round were carried forward to this round.

Legend
Advance to the 2013 World Junior Championships
Relegated to Division I A for 2013
Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts
 United States 3 3 0 0 0 25 6 9
 Switzerland 3 1 1 0 1 10 8 5
 Latvia 3 0 1 0 2 7 18 2
 Denmark 3 0 0 2 1 7 17 2

All times local (MST/UTC-7)

January 2, 2012
11:00
Switzerland  4–3 OT
(2–2, 1–1, 0–0)
(OT: 1–0 )
 Denmark Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 9,328
January 3, 2012
11:00
United States  12–2
(4–0, 7–1, 1–1)
 Latvia Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 9,146
January 4, 2012
11:00
Latvia  2–1 OT
(0–1, 1–0, 0–0)
(OT: 1–0 )
 Denmark Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 6,983
January 4, 2012
15:00
Switzerland  1–2
(1–2, 0–0, 0–0)
 United States Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 10,624

Final round[edit]

Bracket
  Quarterfinals     Semifinals     Final
                           
      B1   Canada 5  
  A2   Russia 2     A2   Russia 6    
  B3   Czech Republic 1         A1   Sweden 1
      A2   Russia 0
      A1   Sweden 3    
  B2   Finland 8     B2   Finland 2   Third place
  A3   Slovakia 5   B2   Finland 0
  B1   Canada 4

Quarterfinals[edit]

January 2, 2012
15:00
Finland  8–5
(2–2, 4–1, 2–2)
 Slovakia Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 14,558
January 2, 2012
19:00
Russia  2–1 OT
(0–0, 1–1, 0–0)
(OT: 1–0)
 Czech Republic Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 16,581

Semifinals[edit]

January 3, 2012
15:00
Sweden  3–2 GWS
(0–1, 0–1, 2–0)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 2–1)
 Finland Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 15,690
January 3, 2012
19:00
Canada  5–6
(0–2, 1–3, 4–1)
 Russia Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 19,289

Fifth place game[edit]

January 4, 2012
19:00
Czech Republic  5–2
(3–0, 1–1, 1–1)
 Slovakia Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 12,923

Bronze medal game[edit]

January 5, 2012
13:30
Canada  4–0
(1–0, 2–0, 1–0)
 Finland Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 18,595

Final[edit]

January 5, 2012
18:00
Sweden  1–0 OT
(0–0, 0–0, 0–0)
(OT: 1–0)
 Russia Scotiabank Saddledome
Attendance: 18,722

Statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Evgeny Kuznetsov led the tournament with 13 points
Pos Player Country GP G A Pts +/− PIM
1 Evgeny Kuznetsov  Russia 7 6 7 13 +6 4
2 Max Friberg  Sweden 6 9 2 11 +4 22
3 Mikael Granlund  Finland 7 2 9 11 +4 0
4 Mark Stone  Canada 6 7 3 10 +10 2
5 Teemu Pulkkinen  Finland 7 6 4 10 +4 2
6 Ryan Strome  Canada 6 3 6 9 +9 8
6 Austin Watson  United States 6 3 6 9 +6 0
8 Nikita Gusev  Russia 7 3 6 9 +5 0
9 Jonathan Huberdeau  Canada 6 1 8 9 +8 16
10 Nail Yakupov  Russia 7 0 9 9 +4 6

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalties In Minutes

Source: IIHF.com

Goaltending leaders[edit]

(minimum 40% team's total ice time)

Pos Player Country TOI GA GAA Sv% SO
1 Andrei Vasilevski  Russia 298:31 10 2.01 95.31 2
2 Mark Visentin  Canada 200:08 5 1.43 94.38 1
3 Sami Aittokallio  Finland 310:00 13 2.52 93.69 1
4 Petr Mrázek  Czech Republic 361:30 15 2.49 92.79 1
5 Scott Wedgewood  Canada 148:48 6 2.42 91.55 1

TOI = Time On Ice (minutes:seconds); SA = Shots Against; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts

Source: IIHF.com

Tournament awards[edit]

Most Valuable Player
All-star team
IIHF best player awards

Final standings[edit]

Medalists[edit]

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Sweden Sweden
#1 – Anton Forsberg
#5 – Mattias Bäckman
#6 – Oscar Klefbom
#7 – Fredrik Claesson
#8 – Petter Granberg
#9 – John Klingberg
#10 – Johan Larsson (C)
#11 – Jeremy Boyce-Rotevall
#12 – Patrik Nemeth
#13 – Johan Sundström (A)
#14 – Max Friberg
#15 – Sebastian Collberg
#16 – Filip Forsberg
#17 – William Karlsson
#18 – Victor Rask
#19 – Joakim Nordström (A)
#20 – Mika Zibanejad
#23 – Ludvig Rensfeldt
#24 – Rickard Rakell
#25 – Jonas Brodin
#28 – Erik Thorell
#30 – Johan Gustafsson
#35 – Johan Mattsson
Russia Russia
#1 – Sergei Kostenko
#3 – Artyom Sergeyev
#4 – Viktor Antipin
#6 – Mikhail Naumenkov
#7 – Igor Ozhiganov
#8 – Nikita Gusev
#9 – Nikita Kucherov
#10 – Nail Yakupov
#12 – Grigori Zheldakov
#14 – Danil Apalkov (A)
#15 – Pavel Kulikov
#16 – Ignat Zemchenko
#17 – Mikhail Grigorenko
#18 – Yaroslav Kosov
#19 – Alexander Khokhlachev
#20 – Andrei Makarov
#22 – Sergei Barbashev
#23 – Ivan Telegin
#24 – Zakhar Arzamastsev (A)
#25 – Yevgeni Kuznetsov (C)
#26 – Ildar Isangulov
#29 – Nikita Nesterov
#30 – Andrei Vasilevski
Canada Canada
#2 – Jamie Oleksiak
#3 – Brandon Gormley (A)
#4 – Dougie Hamilton
#5 – Mark Pysyk
#6 – Scott Harrington
#8 – Jaden Schwartz (C)
#10 – Michaël Bournival
#11 – Jonathan Huberdeau
#12 – Brendan Gallagher
#13 – Freddie Hamilton
#14 – Brett Connolly (A)
#15 – Tanner Pearson
#16 – Mark Stone
#18 – Ryan Strome
#19 – Mark Scheifele
#20 – Boone Jenner
#21 – Quinton Howden (A)
#22 – Devante Smith-Pelly (A)
#27 – Ryan Murray
#28 – Nathan Beaulieu
#29 – Mark Visentin
#30 – Scott Wedgewood

Source: [1] [2] [3]

Gold medal celebration[edit]

Sweden's gold medal win was their first since 1981, as well as their second gold medal in total. The gold medal was celebrated on January 7, 2012 in front of over 6,000 fans at Kungsträdgården in Stockholm.[11]

Division I[edit]

Group A played in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, between December 11 and December 17, 2011. Group B played in Tychy, Poland, between December 12 and December 18, 2011.

Group A[edit]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts
 Germany 5 5 0 0 0 34 9 15
 Belarus 5 3 0 1 1 21 10 10
 Norway 5 3 0 0 2 19 13 9
 Slovenia 5 1 2 0 2 16 12 7
 Austria 5 1 0 1 3 11 26 4
 Great Britain 5 0 0 0 5 6 37 0
Promoted to Top Division Relegated to Division I B

Group B[edit]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts
 France 5 4 0 0 1 19 6 12
 Kazakhstan 5 3 0 1 1 9 7 10
 Italy 5 2 1 0 2 14 9 8
 Poland 5 2 0 1 2 16 12 7
 Croatia 5 2 0 0 3 12 25 6
 Japan 5 0 1 0 4 9 20 2
Promoted to Division I A Relegated to Division II A

Division II[edit]

Group A played in Donetsk, Ukraine, between December 12 and December 18, 2011. Group B played in Tallinn, Estonia, between December 10 and December 16, 2011.

Group A[edit]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts
 Ukraine 5 3 2 0 0 24 10 13
 Lithuania 5 3 0 2 0 19 11 11
 Hungary 5 2 1 0 2 24 15 8
 Spain 5 2 0 0 3 14 22 6
 Netherlands 5 1 1 0 3 9 23 5
 South Korea 5 0 0 2 3 9 18 2
Promoted to Division I B Relegated to Division II B

Group B[edit]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts
 Romania 5 5 0 0 0 44 9 15
 Estonia 5 4 0 0 1 51 14 12
 Serbia 5 3 0 0 2 18 26 9
 Belgium 5 1 1 0 3 17 23 5
 Australia 5 1 0 0 4 12 36 3
 Mexico 5 0 0 1 4 5 39 1
Promoted to Division II A Relegated to Division III

Division III[edit]

Division III was played in Dunedin, New Zealand, between January 16 and January 22, 2012. Although originally scheduled to participate, North Korea withdrew from the tournament for unspecified reasons.[12]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts
 Iceland 4 4 0 0 0 30 2 12
 China 4 3 0 0 1 26 10 9
 New Zealand 4 2 0 0 2 19 14 6
 Bulgaria 4 1 0 0 3 7 19 3
 Turkey 4 0 0 0 4 1 38 0
promoted to Division II B relegated to Division III qualification

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Hockey Canada receives documentation for bids for 2010 and 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships". Hockey Canada. 2008-04-02. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  3. ^ "Saksatoon and Regina to host 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship". Hockey Canada. 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2007-07-08. 
  4. ^ "Calgary, Edmonton land 2012 world hockey juniors". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  5. ^ "Alberta to host 2012 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship". The Sports Network. 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  6. ^ "Bigger, better World Juniors in 2012". Edmonton Sun. 2011-01-05. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  7. ^ a b Wood, Michael (2011-01-13). "Demand for junior hockey ducats outstrips inventory". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  8. ^ "2012 World Juniors in Alberta sold out". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2011-01-13. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  9. ^ Komarnicki, Jamie (2011-01-14). "Thousands of hockey fans left empty-handed after World Juniors ticket flub". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  10. ^ "Top Division format". iihf.com. IIHF. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  11. ^ Larson, Patrik (2012-01-07). "Småkronorna hyllades av 6 000". Göteborgs-Posten (in Swedish). Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  12. ^ "DPR Korea doesn’t travel". IIHF. 2011-04-11. Retrieved 2011-04-11. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2011 World Juniors
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
2012
See also: 2012 World Championships
Succeeded by
2013 World Juniors