2017 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

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2017 IIHF World U20 Championships
2017 WJHC logo.png
Tournament details
Host country  Canada
Dates December 26, 2016 – January 5, 2017
Teams 10
Venue(s) Centre Bell, Montreal
Air Canada Centre, Toronto (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  United States (4th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Canada
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Russia
Fourth place  Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played 30
Goals scored 183 (6.1 per match)
Attendance 257,882 (8,596 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Russia Kirill Kaprizov
(12 points)
MVP Canada Thomas Chabot
Website http://www.worldjunior2017.com
2016
2018

The 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship was the 41st World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (WJC or WM20).[1] The main tournament was co-hosted in Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario, in Canada.[2][3] This was the twelfth championship that Canada had hosted. Montreal and Toronto also jointly hosted the 2015 edition.[4]The tournament consisted of 30 games between 10 nations.[5]

Group A preliminary games, as well as the medal rounds, were hosted by Centre Bell in Montreal. Air Canada Centre in Toronto hosted preliminaries in Group B, including the host country of Canada.[6] The tournament also initiated several year-long celebrations, the 375th anniversary of Montreal's founding; the 100th anniversary of the National Hockey League's founding in Montreal;[7] the 100th anniversary of Hockey Canada's origins; the 50th anniversary of Montreal's Expo 67; the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation; and the 100th anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs.[8] The Maple Leafs had planned to make the WJHC the centrepiece of their 100th anniversary celebrations.[9]

The event was organized by Hockey Canada, Hockey Quebec, Ontario Hockey Federation, Montreal Canadiens, Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment and Evenko.[5] Montreal and Quebec provided C$1 million and C$2 million in funding, respectively, for both the 2015 and 2017 editions.

For the first time in the history of the event, the defending champion (Finland) had to compete in the relegation round. Latvia was relegated to Division I-A for 2018 by merit of their tenth-place finish.

Player eligibility[edit]

A player was eligible to play in the 2017 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships if:[10]

  • the player was of male gender;
  • the player was born at the earliest in 1997, and at the latest, in 2002;
  • the player was a citizen in the country he represented;
  • the player was under the jurisdiction of a national association that was 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.[11]

Top Division[edit]

Venues[edit]

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

Officials[edit]

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

Rosters[edit]

Results[edit]

Format[edit]

The four best ranked teams from each group of the preliminary round advanced to the quarterfinals, while the last placed team from both groups played a relegation round in a best of three format to determine the relegated team.[13]

Preliminary round[edit]

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

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 4 4 0 0 0 18 6 +12 12 Advance to Quarterfinals
2  Denmark 4 1 1 1 1 11 15 −4 6
3  Czech Republic 4 1 0 2 1 9 13 −4 5
4   Switzerland 4 0 2 0 2 11 13 −2 4
5  Finland 4 1 0 0 3 6 8 −2 3 Advance to Relegation
Source: IIHF
December 26, 2016
13:00
Denmark  1–6
(0–2, 0–4, 1–0)
 Sweden Centre Bell
Attendance: 4,518
December 26, 2016
17:00
Finland  1–2
(1–1, 0–0, 0–1)
 Czech Republic Centre Bell
Attendance: 4,703
December 27, 2016
13:00
Czech Republic  3–4 OT
(0–0, 0–2, 3–1)
(OT: 0–1)
  Switzerland Centre Bell
Attendance: 4,683
December 27, 2016
17:30
Denmark  3–2
(2–0, 1–0, 0–2)
 Finland Centre Bell
Attendance: 4,733
December 28, 2016
17:00
Switzerland   2–4
(1–2, 1–0, 0–2)
 Sweden Centre Bell
Attendance: 5,630
December 29, 2016
13:00
Denmark  3–2 OT
(0–1, 1–1, 1–0)
(OT: 1–0)
 Czech Republic Centre Bell
Attendance: 4,536
December 29, 2016
17:30
Finland  1–3
(1–0, 0–1, 0–2)
 Sweden Centre Bell
Attendance: 9,062
December 30, 2016
17:00
Switzerland   5–4 GWS
(1–3, 2–1, 1–0)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 1–0)
 Denmark Centre Bell
Attendance: 6,006
December 31, 2016
13:00
Sweden  5–2
(3–0, 1–0, 1–2)
 Czech Republic Centre Bell
Attendance: 6,259
December 31, 2016
17:30
Finland  2–0
(0–0, 2–0, 0–0)
  Switzerland Centre Bell
Attendance: 4,013

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States 4 4 0 0 0 17 6 +11 12 Advance to Quarterfinals
2  Canada (H) 4 3 0 0 1 21 8 +13 9
3  Russia 4 2 0 0 2 16 9 +7 6
4  Slovakia 4 1 0 0 3 6 14 −8 3
5  Latvia 4 0 0 0 4 6 29 −23 0 Advance to Relegation
Source: IIHF
(H) Host.
December 26, 2016
15:30
United States  6–1
(1–1, 2–0, 3–0)
 Latvia Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 7,014
December 26, 2016
20:00
Canada  5–3
(1–1, 2–0, 2–2)
 Russia Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 18,099
December 27, 2016
16:00
Latvia  1–9
(0–3, 1–3, 0–3)
 Russia Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 6,789
December 27, 2016
20:00
Canada  5–0
(0–0, 4–0, 1–0)
 Slovakia Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 12,694
December 28, 2016
19:30
Slovakia  2–5
(1–2, 0–3, 1–0)
 United States Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 8,391
December 29, 2016
15:30
Russia  2–3
(1–1, 1–2, 0–0)
 United States Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 13,759
December 29, 2016
20:00
Latvia  2–10
(0–3, 1–5, 1–2)
 Canada Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 13,796
December 30, 2016
19:30
Slovakia  4–2
(1–1, 1–0, 2–1)
 Latvia Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 6,018
December 31, 2016
15:30
United States  3–1
(2–0, 1–1, 0–0)
 Canada Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 18,584
December 31, 2016
20:00
Russia  2–0
(0–0, 1–0, 1–0)
 Slovakia Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 5,269

Relegation[edit]

January 2, 2017
11:00
Finland  2–1
(1–0, 0–1, 1–0)
 Latvia Centre Bell
Attendance: 3,016
January 3, 2017
17:30
Latvia  1–4
(1–1, 0–0, 0–3)
 Finland Centre Bell
Attendance: 4,216

Playoff round[edit]

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

Quarterfinals[edit]

January 2, 2017
13:00
Denmark  0–4
(0–2, 0–0, 0–2)
 Russia Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 7,801
January 2, 2017
15:30
Sweden  8–3
(3–0, 2–2, 3–1)
 Slovakia Centre Bell
Attendance: 6,331
January 2, 2017
17:30
United States  3–2
(2–0, 0–1, 1–1)
  Switzerland Air Canada Centre
Attendance: 8,176
January 2, 2017
20:00
Canada  5–3
(0–1, 3–1, 2–1)
 Czech Republic Centre Bell
Attendance: 10,215

Semifinals[edit]

January 4, 2017
15:00
United States  4–3 GWS
(1–1, 2–1, 0–1)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 4–3)
 Russia Centre Bell
Attendance: 11,576
January 4, 2017
19:30
Sweden  2–5
(2–2, 0–1, 0–2)
 Canada Centre Bell
Attendance: 13,456

Bronze medal game[edit]

January 5, 2017
15:30
Sweden  1–2 OT
(0–0, 1–1, 0–0)
(OT: 0–1)
 Russia Centre Bell
Attendance: 8,366

Final[edit]

January 5, 2017
20:00
Canada  4–5 GWS
(2–0, 0–2, 2–2)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 0–1)
 United States Centre Bell
Attendance: 20,173

Statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Pos Player Country GP G A Pts +/− PIM
1 Kirill Kaprizov  Russia 7 9 3 12 +7 2
2 Alexander Nylander  Sweden 7 5 7 12 +7 0
3 Clayton Keller  United States 7 3 8 11 +3 2
4 Thomas Chabot  Canada 7 4 6 10 +4 8
5 Dylan Strome  Canada 7 3 7 10 +1 0
6 Mikhail Vorobyev  Russia 7 0 10 10 +6 4
7 Joel Eriksson Ek  Sweden 7 6 3 9 +8 4
8 Colin White  United States 7 7 1 8 +5 4
9 Mathew Barzal  Canada 7 3 5 8 +4 4
9 Jordan Greenway  United States 7 3 5 8 +3 2

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

Source: IIHF [14]

Goaltending leaders[edit]

(minimum 40% team's total ice time)

Pos Player Country TOI GA GAA Sv% SO
1 Veini Vehviläinen  Finland 317:57 8 1.51 93.10 1
2 Ilya Samsonov  Russia 370:11 13 2.11 92.97 2
3 Kasper Krog  Denmark 165:00 9 3.27 91.96 0
4 Tyler Parsons  United States 330:00 12 2.18 91.67 0
5 Felix Sandström  Sweden 359:50 13 2.17 91.45 0

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

Source: IIHF[15]

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]

Group A[edit]

The tournament was held in Bremerhaven, Germany from 11–17 December 2016.

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1  Belarus 5 4 0 1 0 20 10 +10 13 Promoted to Top Division
2  Germany (H) 5 3 1 0 1 17 13 +4 11
3  France 5 2 0 0 3 16 19 −3 6[a]
4  Kazakhstan 5 2 0 0 3 14 16 −2 6[a]
5  Austria 5 2 0 0 3 15 17 −2 6[a]
6  Norway 5 1 0 0 4 10 17 −7 3 Relegation to Division I B
Source: IIHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c In head-to-head games France had 6 Pts, Kazakhstan had 3 Pts, and Austria 0 Pts.

Group B[edit]

The tournament was held in Budapest, Hungary from 11–17 December 2016. The hosts, entering as the bottom seed, won promotion for the second year in a row.

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1  Hungary (H) 5 4 0 0 1 21 12 +9 12 Promoted to Division I A
2  Poland 5 3 1 0 1 21 16 +5 11
3  Slovenia 5 2 1 0 2 21 13 +8 8
4  Italy 5 2 0 1 2 12 19 −7 7
5  Ukraine 5 1 1 0 3 9 13 −4 5
6  Great Britain 5 0 0 2 3 8 19 −11 2 Relegation to Division II A
Source: IIHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

Division II[edit]

Group A[edit]

The tournament was held in Tallinn, Estonia from 11–17 December 2016.

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1  Lithuania 5 5 0 0 0 42 10 +32 15 Promoted to Division I B
2  Japan 5 4 0 0 1 35 13 +22 12
3  Romania 5 2 0 1 2 21 29 −8 7
4  Estonia (H) 5 2 0 0 3 18 24 −6 6
5  Netherlands 5 1 0 0 4 9 24 −15 3
6  Croatia 5 0 1 0 4 11 35 −24 2 Relegation to Division II B
Source: IIHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

Group B[edit]

The tournament was held in Logroño, Spain from 7–13 January 2017.

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1  South Korea 5 4 1 0 0 27 7 +20 14 Promoted to Division II A
2  Spain (H) 5 4 0 0 1 38 12 +26 12
3  Serbia 5 3 0 1 1 23 12 +11 10
4  Belgium 5 2 0 0 3 15 19 −4 6
5  Mexico 5 0 1 0 4 13 39 −26 2
6  Australia 5 0 0 1 4 9 36 −27 1 Relegation to Division III
Source: IIHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

Division III[edit]

The tournament was held in Dunedin, New Zealand from 16–22 January 2017. Turkey defeated China in the Gold medal game to achieve promotion to Division II. Chinese Taipei returned to play for the first time since 2011, losing all but their final game.

Team
1st  Turkey
2nd  China
3rd  Iceland
4th  New Zealand
5th  Israel
6th  Bulgaria
7th  Chinese Taipei
8th  South Africa

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "International Ice Hockey Federation". IIHF. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/206728/la_id/1/ss_id/190000/
  3. ^ TSN, "Montreal and Toronto to Host 2015, 2017 World Juniors on TSN", Hockey Canada, June 20, 2013
  4. ^ CTV News, "Montreal and Toronto to host 2015, 2017 world junior championships", Canadian Press, June 20, 2013
  5. ^ a b IIHF, "Heading to hockey’s meccas", June 20, 2013
  6. ^ The Gazette (Montreal), "World Junior Championship is coming to town", Brenda Branswell, June 20, 2013
  7. ^ (French) 24H de Montreal, "Le Championnat junior à Montréal en 2015 et 2017", Mathieu Boulay, June 24, 2013
  8. ^ CBC News, "Montreal, Toronto to co-host junior hockey worlds in 2015, 2017", Canadian Press, June 20, 2013
  9. ^ Calgary Herald, "Montreal and Toronto to host 2015 and 2017 world junior hockey championships", Bill Beacon, June 20, 2013
  10. ^ "IIHF statutes and bylaws" (PDF). IIHF. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  11. ^ "IIHF Eligibility". IIHF. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  12. ^ "Competition Officials" (PDF). IIHF.com. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  13. ^ "New format for U18, U20 Worlds". IIHF.com. 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  14. ^ "Scoring Leaders" (PDF) (PDF). IIHF. 5 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "Goalkeepers" (PDF). IIHF.com. 5 January 2017. 

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