2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

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2018 IIHF World U20 Championships
2018 WJHC logo.svg
Tournament details
Host country United States
DatesDecember 26, 2017 – January 5, 2018
Teams10
Venue(s)KeyBank Center, Buffalo
HarborCenter, Buffalo
New Era Field, Orchard Park[1] (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Canada (17th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Sweden
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg United States
Fourth place Czech Republic
Tournament statistics
Matches played30
Goals scored216 (7.2 per match)
Attendance211,210 (7,040 per match)
Scoring leader(s)United States Casey Mittelstadt
(11 points)
MVPUnited States Casey Mittelstadt
Website2018.worldjunior.hockey
2017
2019

The 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship was the 42nd Ice Hockey World Junior Championship, and was hosted by the city of Buffalo, New York[2] at the KeyBank Center and HarborCenter. It opened on December 26, 2017 and closed with the gold medal game on January 5, 2018. It was the sixth time that the United States has hosted the IHWJC, and the second time that Buffalo has done so, previously hosting in 2011.

A preliminary round game between Canada and the United States was played outdoors at New Era Field in nearby Orchard Park, New York on December 29, 2017. It was the second outdoor game held at any top-level IIHF world championship, the first being the opening game of the 2010 IIHF World Championship.[3][4]

Top Division[edit]

Venues[edit]

KeyBank Center
Capacity: 19,070
KeyBank Rink at HarborCenter
Capacity: 1,800
New Era Field
Capacity: 71,870
First Niagara Center front.jpg HarborCenter Dec2015.JPG NHL Winter Classic 2008.jpg
 United States – Buffalo  United States – Buffalo  United States – Orchard Park

Host selection[edit]

On July 28, 2015, USA Hockey named the five initial finalists for hosting the event:[5]

Chicago and Tampa were eliminated on September 15.[6] Buffalo was chosen as the host site on December 3, with a formal announcement on December 4.[7]

Officials[edit]

The following officials were assigned by the International Ice Hockey Federation to officiate the 2018 World Junior Championships.[8]

Rosters[edit]

Format[edit]

The preliminary round was a two group of five teams each internal round-robin format, followed by a three-round playoff. In the round-robin, two points were allotted for a win, and one additional point for a regulation win. One point was allotted for an overtime or game winning shots loss.

The four highest-ranked teams from each group of the preliminary round advanced to quarterfinals while the last-placed team from each group played a best-of-three series, the loser relegated to Division IA for 2019. All other teams will retain their Top Division status.[9]

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  Canada 4 3 0 1 0 21 6 +15 10 Advance to Quarterfinals
2  United States 4 2 1 0 1 20 10 +10 8
3  Finland 4 2 0 0 2 15 12 +3 6
4  Slovakia 4 2 0 0 2 10 14 −4 6
5  Denmark 4 0 0 0 4 2 26 −24 0 Advance to Relegation
Source: IIHF.com
December 26, 2017
16:00
Canada 4–2
(3–1, 1–1, 0–0)
 FinlandKeyBank Center
Attendance: 9,552
December 26, 2017
20:00
Denmark 0–9
(0–5, 0–2, 0–2)
 United StatesKeyBank Center
Attendance: 7,207
December 27, 2017
19:00
Slovakia 0–6
(0–1, 0–3, 0–2)
 CanadaKeyBank Center
Attendance: 7,834
December 28, 2017
12:00
Finland 4–1
(2–0, 2–1, 0–0)
 DenmarkKeyBank Center
Attendance: 5,026
December 28, 2017
20:00
United States 2–3
(0–0, 1–1, 1–2)
 SlovakiaKeyBank Center
Attendance: 8,188
December 29, 2017
15:00
Canada 3–4 GWS
(2–0, 1–1, 0–2)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 0–2)
 United StatesNew Era Field
Attendance: 44,592
December 30, 2017
16:00
Finland 5–2
(0–0, 2–1, 3–1)
 SlovakiaKeyBank Center
Attendance: 6,229
December 30, 2017
20:00
Denmark 0–8
(0–3, 0–2, 0–3)
 CanadaKeyBank Center
Attendance: 8,671
December 31, 2017
16:00
United States 5–4
(2–0, 2–2, 1–2)
 FinlandKeyBank Center
Attendance: 7,884
December 31, 2017
18:00
Slovakia 5–1
(1–1, 2–0, 2–0)
 DenmarkHarborCenter
Attendance: 1,419

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 4 3 1 0 0 20 7 +13 11 Advance to Quarterfinals
2  Czech Republic 4 3 0 0 1 18 15 +3 9
3  Russia 4 2 0 1 1 17 13 +4 7
4   Switzerland 4 1 0 0 3 10 20 −10 3
5  Belarus 4 0 0 0 4 10 20 −10 0 Advance to Relegation
Source: IIHF.com
December 26, 2017
12:00
Czech Republic 5–4
(2–2, 2–0, 1–2)
 RussiaKeyBank Center
Attendance: 4,998
December 26, 2017
14:00
Belarus 1–6
(1–1, 0–3, 0–2)
 SwedenHarborCenter
Attendance: 1,754
December 27, 2017
15:00
Switzerland  3–2
(1–1, 0–0, 2–1)
 BelarusKeyBank Center
Attendance: 5,224
December 28, 2017
14:00
Russia 5–2
(1–0, 1–1, 3–1)
  SwitzerlandHarborCenter
Attendance: 1,895
December 28, 2017
16:00
Sweden 3–1
(2–0, 0–1, 1–0)
 Czech RepublicKeyBank Center
Attendance: 6,890
December 29, 2017
12:00
Belarus 2–5
(0–2, 0–1, 2–2)
 RussiaHarborCenter
Attendance: 1,841
December 30, 2017
12:00
Czech Republic 6–5
(0–1, 5–2, 1–2)
 BelarusKeyBank Center
Attendance: 5,222
December 30, 2017
14:00
Sweden 7–2
(1–1, 2–1, 4–0)
  SwitzerlandHarborCenter
Attendance: 2,115
December 31, 2017
12:00
Switzerland  3–6
(1–2, 2–2, 0–2)
 Czech RepublicKeyBank Center
Attendance: 5,548
December 31, 2017
20:00
Russia 3–4 GWS
(2–2, 0–0, 1–1)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 1–2)
 SwedenKeyBank Center
Attendance: 6,121

Relegation[edit]

January 2, 2018
14:00
Belarus 4–5
(0–2, 2–0, 2–3)
 DenmarkHarborCenter
Attendance: 1,245
January 4, 2018
12:00
Denmark 3–2 GWS
(2–0, 0–0, 0–2)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 4–2)
 BelarusKeyBank Center
Attendance: 4,295

Playoff round[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals
                           
  1B  Sweden 3  
4A  Slovakia 2  
  1B  Sweden 4  
  2A  United States 2  
2A  United States 4 Final
  3B  Russia 2  
    1B  Sweden 1
  1A  Canada 3
  1A  Canada 8  
4B   Switzerland 2  
  1A  Canada 7 Bronze medal game
  2B  Czech Republic 2  
2B  Czech Republic (GWS) 4 2B  Czech Republic 3
  3A  Finland 3   2A  United States 9

Quarterfinals[edit]

January 2, 2018
12:00
Czech Republic 4–3 GWS
(1–0, 1–2, 1–1)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 2–1)
 FinlandKeyBank Center
Attendance: 5,109
January 2, 2018
16:00
Canada 8–2
(3–0, 3–1, 2–1)
  SwitzerlandKeyBank Center
Attendance: 5,533
January 2, 2018
18:00
Sweden 3–2
(0–0, 2–1, 1–1)
 SlovakiaHarborCenter
Attendance: 1,445
January 2, 2018
20:00
United States 4–2
(2–1, 0–0, 2–1)
 RussiaKeyBank Center
Attendance: 6,242

Semifinals[edit]

January 4, 2018
16:00
Sweden 4–2
(0–0, 1–0, 3–2)
 United StatesKeyBank Center
Attendance: 7,524
January 4, 2018
20:00
Canada 7–2
(2–1, 4–0, 1–1)
 Czech RepublicKeyBank Center
Attendance: 6,941

Bronze medal game[edit]

January 5, 2018
16:00
Czech Republic 3–9
(0–1, 0–6, 3–2)
 United StatesKeyBank Center
Attendance: 7,122

Gold medal game[edit]

January 5, 2018
20:00
Sweden 1–3
(0–0, 1–1, 0–2)
 CanadaKeyBank Center
Attendance: 17,544

Statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Pos Player Country GP G A Pts +/− PIM
1 Casey Mittelstadt  United States 7 4 7 11 +8 2
2 Martin Nečas  Czech Republic 7 3 8 11 −5 0
3 Kieffer Bellows  United States 7 9 1 10 +2 4
4 Jordan Kyrou  Canada 7 3 7 10 +2 0
5 Sam Steel  Canada 7 4 5 9 +3 0
6 Brady Tkachuk  United States 7 3 6 9 +6 2
7 Filip Zadina  Czech Republic 7 7 1 8 -4 2
8 Klim Kostin  Russia 5 5 3 8 +7 2
9 Cale Makar  Canada 7 3 5 8 +5 0
10 Maxim Sushko  Belarus 6 2 6 8 −1 4

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalties In Minutes
Source: IIHF [10]

Goaltending leaders[edit]

(minimum 40% team's total ice time)

Pos Player Country TOI GA GAA Sv% SO
1 Carter Hart  Canada 365:00 11 1.81 92.95 1
2 Roman Durný  Slovakia 240:00 11 2.75 92.86 0
3 Filip Gustavsson  Sweden 364:36 11 1.81 92.41 0
4 Vladislav Sukhachyov  Russia 262:30 12 2.74 90.40 0
5 Philip Wüthrich   Switzerland 207:22 17 4.92 88.74 0

TOI = Time On Ice (minutes:seconds); GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts
Source: IIHF[11]

Tournament awards[edit]

Most Valuable Player

United States Casey Mittelstadt

All-star team

IIHF best player awards

Final standings[edit]

Pos Grp Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 A  Canada 7 6 0 1 0 39 11 +28 19 Champions
2 B  Sweden 7 5 1 0 1 28 14 +14 17 Runners-up
3 A  United States (H) 7 4 1 0 2 35 19 +16 14 Third place
4 B  Czech Republic 7 3 1 0 3 27 34 −7 11 Fourth place
5 B  Russia 5 2 0 1 2 19 17 +2 7 Eliminated in
Quarter-finals
6 A  Finland 5 2 0 1 2 18 16 +2 7
7 A  Slovakia 5 2 0 0 3 12 17 −5 6
8 B   Switzerland 5 1 0 0 4 12 28 −16 3
9 A  Denmark 6 1 1 0 4 10 32 −22 5 Avoided Relegation
10 B  Belarus 6 0 0 1 5 16 28 −12 1 Relegated to 2019 Division I
Source: IIHF
(H) Host.

Division I[edit]

The Division IA tournament was held in Courchevel and Meribel, France from December 10-16, 2017. The Division IB tournament was held in Bled, Slovenia from December 9-15, 2017. As a result of the Division IA tournament, Kazakhstan was promoted to the Top Division, and Hungary was relegated to Division IB. As a result of the Division IB tournament, Norway was promoted to Division IA, and Lithuania was relegated to Division IIA.

Division IA[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1  Kazakhstan 5 3 2 0 0 20 10 +10 13 Promoted to Top Division
2  Latvia 5 3 1 1 0 13 5 +8 12
3  Germany 5 3 0 1 1 17 7 +10 10
4  France (H) 5 1 1 1 2 11 15 −4 6
5  Austria 5 1 0 0 4 10 20 −10 3
6  Hungary 5 0 0 1 4 11 25 −14 1 Relegated 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.

Division IB[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1  Norway 5 3 2 0 0 18 5 +13 13 Promoted to Division I A
2  Poland 5 3 1 1 0 23 14 +9 12
3  Slovenia (H) 5 3 0 1 1 18 15 +3 10
4  Ukraine 5 1 1 1 2 9 11 −2 6
5  Italy 5 0 1 0 4 9 23 −14 2[a]
6  Lithuania 5 0 0 2 3 7 16 −9 2[a] Relegated 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.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Italy defeated Lithuania 2–1

Division II[edit]

The Division IIA tournament was held in Dumfries, Great Britain from December 10-16, 2017. The Division IIB tournament was held in Belgrade, Serbia from January 10-16, 2018. As a result of the Division IIA tournament, Japan was promoted to Division IB, and Netherlands was relegated to Division IIB.

Division IIA[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1  Japan 5 4 1 0 0 23 7 +16 14 Promotion to Division I B
2  South Korea 5 2 2 0 1 21 19 +2 10[a]
3  Great Britain (H) 5 3 0 1 1 23 15 +8 10[a]
4  Estonia 5 1 0 1 3 20 25 −5 4[b]
5  Romania 5 1 0 1 3 17 20 −3 4[b]
6  Netherlands 5 1 0 0 4 13 31 −18 3 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.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b South Korea defeated Great Britain 5–4
  2. ^ a b Estonia defeated Romania 8–4

Division II B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1  Spain 5 4 1 0 0 26 8 +18 14 Promoted to Division II A
2  Serbia (H) 5 4 0 1 0 22 12 +10 13
3  Croatia 5 3 0 0 2 16 11 +5 9
4  Belgium 5 1 0 0 4 22 28 −6 3
5  Mexico 5 1 0 0 4 12 22 −10 3
6  Turkey 5 1 0 0 4 13 30 −17 3 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 Division III tournament was held in Sofia, Bulgaria from January 22–28, 2018. The Division III qualification tournament was held in Cape Town, South Africa from February 5–7, 2018.

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1  Israel 5 5 0 0 0 25 11 +14 15 Promoted to Division II B
2  China 5 3 0 0 2 30 12 +18 9
3  Bulgaria (H) 5 3 0 0 2 22 24 −2 9
4  Iceland 5 2 0 1 2 20 15 +5 7
5  Australia 5 1 1 0 3 18 24 −6 5
6  New Zealand 5 0 0 0 5 11 40 −29 0 Relegation to Division III qualification
Source: IIHF.com
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 qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1  South Africa 2 2 0 0 0 6 4 +2 6 Promoted to Division III
2  Chinese Taipei 2 0 0 0 2 4 6 −2 0
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) seeding before tournament.

References[edit]

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