2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship

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2015 IIHF World Junior Championship
2015 WJHC logo.png
Tournament details
Host country  Canada
Dates December 26, 2014 –
January 5, 2015
Teams 10
Venue(s) Air Canada Centre, Toronto
Bell Centre, Montreal (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Canada (16th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Russia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Slovakia
Fourth place  Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played 30
Goals scored 176 (5.87 per match)
Attendance 366,370 (12,212 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Canada Sam Reinhart
(11 points)
MVP Slovakia Denis Godla
Website http://www.worldjunior2015.com
2014
2016

The 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship was the 39th edition of World Junior Ice Hockey Championship, played from December 26, 2014 to January 5, 2015. It was co-hosted by Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec, Canada,[1] and organized by Hockey Canada, Hockey Quebec, the Ontario Hockey Federation, the Montreal Canadiens, Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment and Evenko.[2] Games were split between Air Canada Centre in Toronto and Bell Centre in Montreal, with Montreal hosting Group A matches and two quarter finals, and Toronto hosting Group B, along with the relegation games, two quarter finals, along with the semi-finals, bronze medal, and gold medal games.[3][4]

After failing to medal at the previous two editions of the tournament, Canada beat Russia in the final to win the gold medal, marking Canada's first medal at the World Juniors since 2012, and Canada's first gold since 2009. Slovakia defeated Sweden in the bronze medal game to win their second-ever medal. Germany finished tenth overall and was relegated to Division IA for the 2016 tournament. Slovak goaltender Denis Godla was named the tournament's most valuable player, while Sam Reinhart of Canada was the scoring leader with 11 points.

Player eligibility[edit]

A player is eligible to play in the 2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships if:[5]

  • the player is of male gender;
  • the player was born at the earliest in 1995, and at the latest, in 2000;
  • the player is a citizen in the country he represents;
  • the player is under the jurisdiction of a national association that is a member of the IIHF.

If a player who has never played in IIHF-organized competition wishes to switch national eligibility, he must have played in competitions for two consecutive years in the new country without playing in another country, as well as show his move to the new country's national association with an international transfer card. In case the player has previously played in IIHF-organized competition but wishes to switch national eligibility, he must have played in competitions for four consecutive years in the new country without playing in another country, he must show his move to the new country's national association with an international transfer card, as well as be a citizen of the new country. A player may only switch national eligibility once.[6]

Top Division[edit]

Venues[edit]

Air Canada Centre
Capacity: 19,746
Bell Centre
Capacity: 21,287
ACC on Bay St and CN Tower.JPG CentreBell.jpg
 CanadaToronto  CanadaMontreal

Officials[edit]

The IIHF selected 12 referees and 10 linesmen to officiate during the tournament:[7]

Format[edit]

The four best ranked teams from each group of the preliminary round advance to the quarterfinals, while the last placed teams from each group played a relegation round in a best of three format to determine the relegated team.[8]

Rosters[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

All times are local. (Eastern Standard TimeUTC-5)

Team qualified to Quarterfinals
Team will play in Relegation round

Group A[edit]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Canada 4 4 0 0 0 21 4 +17 12
 United States 4 2 1 0 1 14 6 +8 8
 Slovakia 4 2 0 0 2 7 14 −7 6
 Finland 4 1 0 1 2 5 8 −3 4
 Germany 4 0 0 0 4 2 17 −15 0
December 26, 2014
15:00
Finland  1–2 GWS
(1–1, 0–0, 0–0)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 1–2)
 United States Bell Centre
Attendance: 8,006
December 26, 2014
20:00
Canada  8–0
(3–0, 4–0, 1–0)
 Slovakia Bell Centre
Attendance: 14,142
December 27, 2014
16:00
Slovakia  2–1
(1–1, 1–0, 0–0)
 Finland Bell Centre
Attendance: 6,007
December 27, 2014
20:00
Germany  0–4
(0–2, 0–0, 0–2)
 Canada Bell Centre
Attendance: 12,733
December 28, 2014
20:00
United States  6–0
(2–0, 2–0, 2–0)
 Germany Bell Centre
Attendance: 7,000
December 29, 2014
16:00
United States  3–0
(0–0, 1–0, 2–0)
 Slovakia Bell Centre
Attendance: 8,798
December 29, 2014
20:00
Finland  1–4
(0–1, 1–1, 0–2)
 Canada Bell Centre
Attendance: 15,718
December 30, 2014
20:00
Slovakia  5–2
(3–1, 0–0, 2–1)
 Germany Bell Centre
Attendance: 5,568
December 31, 2014
16:00
Canada  5–3
(0–0, 2–1, 3–2)
 United States Bell Centre
Attendance: 18,295
December 31, 2014
20:00
Germany  0–2
(0–1, 0–1, 0–0)
 Finland Bell Centre
Attendance: 3,991

Group B[edit]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Sweden 4 4 0 0 0 18 6 +12 12
 Czech Republic 4 1 1 0 2 12 14 −2 5
 Russia 4 1 1 0 2 13 9 +4 5
 Denmark 4 0 1 2 1 10 15 −5 4
  Switzerland 4 1 0 1 2 9 18 −9 4
December 26, 2014
13:00
Russia  3–2 GWS
(0–2, 1–0, 1–0)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 2–0)
 Denmark Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 12,412
December 26, 2014
17:00
Sweden  5–2
(2–0, 1–2, 2–0)
 Czech Republic Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 13,077
December 27, 2014
13:00
Denmark  1–5
(0–3, 1–2, 0–0)
 Sweden Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 13,018
December 27, 2014
17:00
Czech Republic  2–5
(2–2, 0–3, 0–0)
  Switzerland Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 12,926
December 28, 2014
17:00
Switzerland   0–7
(0–3, 0–2, 0–2)
 Russia Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 15,125
December 29, 2014
13:00
Czech Republic  4–3 OT
(1–1, 1–1, 1–1)
(OT 1–0)
 Denmark Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 12,038
December 29, 2014
17:00
Sweden  3–2
(1–0, 0–1, 2–1)
 Russia Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 16,710
December 30, 2014
17:00
Switzerland   3–4 GWS
(2–1, 1–2, 0–0)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 1–2)
 Denmark Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 13,263
December 31, 2014
13:00
Switzerland   1–5
(1–1, 0–4, 0–0)
 Sweden Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 13,857
December 31, 2014
17:00
Russia  1–4
(0–1, 1–1, 0–2)
 Czech Republic Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 12,566

Relegation round[edit]

January 2, 2015
11:00
Switzerland   5–2
(1–0, 3–1, 1–1)
 Germany Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 7,409
January 3, 2015
19:00
Germany  2–5
(1–2, 1–1, 0–2)
  Switzerland Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 8,392

Playoff round[edit]

  Quarterfinal                    
  1A   Canada 8  
  4B   Denmark 0   Semifinal
      1A   Canada 5  
  Quarterfinal   3A   Slovakia 1  
  2B   Czech Republic 0
  3A   Slovakia 3         Final
              1A   Canada 5
  Quarterfinal             3B   Russia 4
  1B   Sweden 6      
  4A   Finland 3   Semifinal   Bronze medal game
      1B   Sweden 1   1B   Sweden 2
  Quarterfinal   3B   Russia 4     3A   Slovakia 4
  2A   United States 2
  3B   Russia 3  

Quarterfinals[edit]

January 2, 2015
13:00
United States  2–3
(0–2, 1–0, 1–1)
 Russia Bell Centre
Attendance: 8,694
January 2, 2015
15:00
Sweden  6–3
(0–0, 3–3, 3–0)
 Finland Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 14,440
January 2, 2015
17:00
Czech Republic  0–3
(0–1, 0–0, 0–2)
 Slovakia Bell Centre
Attendance: 7,696
January 2, 2015
20:00
Canada  8–0
(2–0, 3–0, 3–0)
 Denmark Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 18,448

Semifinals[edit]

January 4, 2015
16:00
Sweden  1–4
(0–0, 0–2, 1–2)
 Russia Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 15,400
January 4, 2015
20:00
Canada  5–1
(1–0, 2–1, 2–0)
 Slovakia Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 18,002

Bronze medal game[edit]

January 5, 2015
16:00
Sweden  2–4
(2–2, 0–0, 0–2)
 Slovakia Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 13,625

Final[edit]

January 5, 2015
20:00
Canada  5–4
(2–1, 3–3, 0–0)
 Russia Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 19,014

Statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Pos Player Country GP G A Pts +/− PIM
1 Sam Reinhart  Canada 7 5 6 11 +13 6
2 Nicolas Petan  Canada 7 4 7 11 +4 0
3 Connor McDavid  Canada 7 3 8 11 +8 0
4 Max Domi  Canada 7 5 5 10 +10 4
5 William Nylander  Sweden 7 3 7 10 –2 0
6 Curtis Lazar  Canada 7 5 4 9 +8 0
7 Oskar Lindblom  Sweden 7 4 5 9 –1 0
7 Martin Reway  Slovakia 7 4 5 9 –1 2
9 Adrian Kempe  Sweden 6 4 4 8 0 2
10 Anthony Duclair  Canada 7 4 4 8 +11 16

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 Zachary Fucale  Canada 300:00 6 1.20 93.94 2
2 Igor Shestyorkin  Russia 242:13 8 1.98 93.80 1
3 Thatcher Demko  United States 241:42 7 1.74 93.75 1
4 Denis Godla  Slovakia 391:35 18 2.76 92.56 1
5 Ville Husso  Finland 183:12 7 2.29 92.31 1

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

Source: IIHF.com

Tournament awards[edit]

Reference: [1] Most Valuable Player

All-star team

IIHF best player awards

Final standings[edit]

Note that due to the lack of playoff games for determining the spots 5–8, these spots were determined by the preliminary round records for each team.

Division I[edit]

Division I A[edit]

The Division I A tournament was played in Asiago, Italy, from 14 to 20 December 2014.[9]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Belarus 5 4 1 0 0 22 9 +13 14
 Norway 5 2 2 0 1 16 11 +5 10
 Latvia 5 2 0 1 2 15 11 +4 7
 Italy 5 1 1 0 3 16 22 −6 5
 Austria 5 1 0 2 2 21 27 −6 5
 Slovenia 5 1 0 1 3 17 27 −10 4
Promoted to the 2016 Top Division Relegated to the 2016 Division I B

Division I B[edit]

The Division I B tournament was played in Dunaújváros, Hungary, from 14 to 20 December 2014.[10]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Kazakhstan 5 5 0 0 0 23 9 +14 15
 Ukraine 5 2 1 0 2 10 11 −1 8
 Poland 5 2 0 1 2 13 15 −2 7
 France 5 2 0 1 2 11 13 −2 7
 Japan 5 1 1 0 3 15 17 −2 5
 Hungary 5 0 1 1 3 9 16 −7 3
Promoted to the 2016 Division I A Relegated to the 2016 Division II A

Division II[edit]

Division II A[edit]

The Division II A tournament was played in Tallinn, Estonia, from 7 to 13 December 2014.[11]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Great Britain 5 4 1 0 0 22 13 +9 14
 Lithuania 5 2 1 1 1 24 19 +5 9
 South Korea 5 2 1 1 1 18 18 0 9
 Netherlands 5 1 1 0 3 18 16 +2 5
 Estonia 5 1 0 1 3 12 22 −10 4
 Romania 5 1 0 1 3 18 24 −6 4
Promoted to the 2016 Division I B Relegated to the 2016 Division II B

Division II B[edit]

The Division II B tournament was played in Jaca, Spain, from 13 to 19 December 2014.[12]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Croatia 5 5 0 0 0 22 9 +13 15
 Spain 5 4 0 0 1 27 10 +17 12
 Australia 5 2 0 1 2 15 15 0 7
 Belgium 5 1 1 1 2 15 17 −2 6
 Serbia 5 1 1 0 3 9 19 −10 5
 Iceland 5 0 0 0 5 11 29 −18 0
Promoted to the 2016 Division II A Relegated to the 2016 Division III

Division III[edit]

The Division III tournament was played in Dunedin, New Zealand, from 20 to 25 January 2015.[13]

On December 27, 2014 organizers announced that the Bulgarian Ice Hockey Federation withdrew their U20 team from the tournament.[14]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 China 4 4 0 0 0 29 3 +26 12
 New Zealand 4 2 0 1 1 13 11 +2 7
 Mexico 4 1 1 0 2 8 10 −2 5
 South Africa 4 1 0 0 3 4 22 −18 3
 Turkey 4 1 0 0 3 7 15 −8 3
Promoted to the 2016 Division II B

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canada to host more tourneys". International Ice Hockey Federation. May 9, 2010. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Heading to hockey’s meccas", IIHF.com. June 20, 2013
  3. ^ "Montreal and Toronto to host 2015, 2017 world junior championships", Canadian Press, June 20, 2013
  4. ^ The Gazette (Montreal), "World Junior Championship is coming to town", Brenda Branswell, June 20, 2013
  5. ^ "IIHF statutes and bylaws" (PDF). IIHF. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  6. ^ "IIHF Eligibility". IIHF. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  7. ^ "Officials Known". IIHF.com. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "New format for U18, U20 Worlds". IIHF.com. 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  9. ^ Division I A statistics
  10. ^ Division I B statistics
  11. ^ Division II A statistics
  12. ^ Division II B statistics
  13. ^ Division III statistics
  14. ^ Bulgaria withdraws

External links[edit]