2019 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

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2019 IIHF World U20 Championships
2019 - WJHC logo.png
Tournament details
Host country Canada
DatesDecember 26, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Teams10
Venue(s)Rogers Arena, Vancouver
Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Finland (5th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg United States
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Russia
Fourth place  Switzerland
Tournament statistics
Matches played30
Goals scored176 (5.87 per match)
Attendance304,393 (10,146 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Russia Grigori Denisenko
(9 points)
MVPUnited States Ryan Poehling
Website2019.worldjunior.hockey
2018
2020

The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship (2019 WJC) was the 43rd Ice Hockey World Junior Championship. It began on December 26, 2018, and ended with the gold medal game being played on January 5, 2019. This marked the 13th time that Canada hosted the WJC.

On December 1, 2016, it was announced that Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia had won the bid to host the 2019 World Juniors.[1] This is the second time that Vancouver has been the primary host of the tournament and the first time that Victoria has hosted in any capacity.

Top Division[edit]

Venues[edit]

Vancouver Victoria
Rogers Arena
Capacity: 18,910
Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Capacity: 7,006
Rogers Arena.jpg SOFMCFront.jpg

Officials[edit]

The following officials were assigned by the International Ice Hockey Federation to officiate the 2019 World Junior Championships.[2]

Rosters[edit]

Format[edit]

The preliminary round is a two group of five teams each internal round-robin format, followed by a three-round playoff. In the round-robin, three points are allotted for a regulation win, and two points for a overtime or shootout win. One point is allotted for an overtime or shootout loss.

The four highest-ranked teams from each group of the preliminary round advance to the quarterfinals while the last-place team from each group will play a best-of-three series, the loser relegated to Division IA for 2020, being replaced by the winner of Division IA. All other teams will retain their Top Division status for the 2020 edition.[3]

Preliminary round[edit]

All times are local. (Pacific Standard TimeUTC-8)

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Russia 4 4 0 0 0 15 6 +9 12 Advance to Quarterfinals
2  Canada (H) 4 3 0 0 1 23 5 +18 9
3  Czech Republic 4 1 1 0 2 8 8 0 5
4   Switzerland 4 1 0 1 2 11 12 −1 4
5  Denmark 4 0 0 0 4 0 26 −26 0 Advance to Relegation
Source: IIHF
(H) Host.
December 26, 2018
13:00
Czech Republic 2–1 OT
(0–0, 1–1, 0–0)
(OT: 1–0)
  SwitzerlandRogers Arena
Attendance: 9,266
December 26, 2018
17:00
Canada 14–0
(3–0, 5–0, 6–0)
 DenmarkRogers Arena
Attendance: 16,417
December 27, 2018
13:00
Russia 4–0
(1–0, 1–0, 2–0)
 DenmarkRogers Arena
Attendance: 9,939
December 27, 2018
17:00
Switzerland  2–3
(0–1, 1–2, 1–0)
 CanadaRogers Arena
Attendance: 17,102
December 28, 2018
17:00
Czech Republic 1–2
(0–1, 1–1, 0–0)
 RussiaRogers Arena
Attendance: 14,523
December 29, 2018
13:00
Denmark 0–4
(0–2, 0–1, 0–1)
  SwitzerlandRogers Arena
Attendance: 10,279
December 29, 2018
17:00
Canada 5–1
(3–1, 1–0, 1–0)
 Czech RepublicRogers Arena
Attendance: 17,012
December 30, 2018
17:00
Switzerland  4–7
(2–1, 1–2, 1–4)
 RussiaRogers Arena
Attendance: 13,724
December 31, 2018
13:00
Denmark 0–4
(0–2, 0–1, 0–1)
 Czech RepublicRogers Arena
Attendance: 10,204
December 31, 2018
17:00
Russia 2–1
(1–1, 0–0, 1–0)
 CanadaRogers Arena
Attendance: 17,556

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 4 3 1 0 0 16 8 +8 11 Advance to Quarterfinals
2  United States 4 3 0 1 0 18 9 +9 10
3  Finland 4 2 0 0 2 12 7 +5 6
4  Slovakia 4 1 0 0 3 15 14 +1 3
5  Kazakhstan 4 0 0 0 4 5 28 −23 0 Advance to Relegation
Source: IIHF
December 26, 2018
15:30
United States 2–1
(0–0, 0–1, 2–0)
 SlovakiaSave-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Attendance: 6,208
December 26, 2018
19:30
Finland 1–2
(0–1, 0–1, 1–0)
 SwedenSave-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Attendance: 6,319
December 27, 2018
15:30
Slovakia 2–5
(1–2, 0–1, 1–2)
 SwedenSave-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Attendance: 5,896
December 27, 2018
19:30
Finland 5–0
(2–0, 1–0, 2–0)
 KazakhstanSave-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Attendance: 5,863
December 28, 2018
19:30
Kazakhstan 2–8
(1–4, 0–3, 1–1)
 United StatesSave-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Attendance: 6,185
December 29, 2018
15:30
Slovakia 1–5
(0–2, 1–2, 0–1)
 FinlandSave-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Attendance: 6,045
December 29, 2018
19:30
Sweden 5–4 OT
(1–0, 2–0, 1–4)
(OT: 1–0)
 United StatesSave-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Attendance: 6,602
December 30, 2018
19:30
Kazakhstan 2–11
(0–6, 1–3, 1–2)
 SlovakiaSave-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Attendance: 5,685
December 31, 2018
15:30
Sweden 4–1
(3–0, 0–0, 1–1)
 KazakhstanSave-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Attendance: 5,362
December 31, 2018
19:30
United States 4–1
(1–0, 2–0, 1–1)
 FinlandSave-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Attendance: 6,556

Relegation[edit]

January 2, 2019
11:00
Kazakhstan 4–3
(2–1, 1–0, 1–2)
 DenmarkRogers Arena
Attendance: 5,975
January 4, 2019
09:00
Denmark 0–4
(0–2, 0–0, 0–2)
 KazakhstanRogers Arena
Attendance: 3,502

Playoff round[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals
                           
  1A  Russia 8  
4B  Slovakia 3  
  1A  Russia 1  
  2B  United States 2  
2B  United States 3 Final
  3A  Czech Republic 1  
    2B  United States 2
  3B  Finland 3
  1B  Sweden 0  
4A   Switzerland 2  
  4A   Switzerland 1 Bronze medal game
  3B  Finland 6  
2A  Canada 1 1A  Russia 5
  3B  Finland (OT) 2   4A   Switzerland 2

Quarterfinals[edit]

January 2, 2019
13:00
Sweden 0–2
(0–1, 0–1, 0–0)
  SwitzerlandSave-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Attendance: 5,946
January 2, 2019
15:30
Canada 1–2 OT
(0–0, 1–0, 0–1)
(OT: 0–1)
 FinlandRogers Arena
Attendance: 17,047
January 2, 2019
17:00
United States 3–1
(1–0, 1–0, 1–1)
 Czech RepublicSave-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Attendance: 6,263
January 2, 2019
19:30
Russia 8–3
(4–0, 3–0, 1–3)
 SlovakiaRogers Arena
Attendance: 11,317

Semifinals[edit]

January 4, 2019
13:00
Russia 1–2
(0–1, 1–1, 0–0)
 United StatesRogers Arena
Attendance: 14,355
January 4, 2019
17:00
Finland 6–1
(4–1, 2–0, 0–0)
  SwitzerlandRogers Arena
Attendance: 14,014

Bronze medal game[edit]

January 5, 2019
13:00
Russia 5–2
(2–0, 1–2, 2–0)
  SwitzerlandRogers Arena
Attendance: 12,025

Final[edit]

January 5, 2019
17:00
United States 2–3
(0–0, 0–1, 2–2)
 FinlandRogers Arena
Attendance: 17,206

Statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Pos Player Country GP G A Pts +/− PIM
1 Grigori Denisenko  Russia 7 4 5 9 +3 4
2 Aleksi Heponiemi  Finland 7 3 6 9 +7 4
3 Artur Gatiyatov  Kazakhstan 6 5 3 8 0 0
4 Ryan Poehling  United States 7 5 3 8 +5 2
5 Morgan Frost  Canada 5 4 4 8 +8 12
6 Alexander Romanov  Russia 7 1 7 8 +12 0
7 Philipp Kurashev   Switzerland 7 6 1 7 -5 4
8 Kirill Slepets  Russia 7 5 2 7 +7 4
9 Alexander Chmelevski  United States 7 4 3 7 0 2
9 Aarne Talvitie  Finland 7 4 3 7 +9 14

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalties In Minutes
Source: IIHF[4]

Goaltending leaders[edit]

(minimum 40% team's total ice time)

Pos Player Country TOI GA GAA SA Sv% SO
1 Lukáš Dostál  Czech Republic 239:10 5 1.25 115 95.65 1
2 Pyotr Kochetkov  Russia 290:31 7 1.45 149 95.30 0
3 Michael DiPietro  Canada 243:16 5 1.23 103 95.15 1
4 Cayden Primeau  United States 298:55 8 1.61 126 93.65 0
5 Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen  Finland 367:16 11 1.80 162 93.21 0

TOI = Time On Ice (minutes:seconds); GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SA = Shots Against; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts
Source: IIHF[5]

Final standings[edit]

Pos Grp Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 B  Finland 7 4 1 0 2 23 11 +12 14 Champions
2 B  United States 7 5 0 1 1 25 14 +11 16 Runners-up
3 A  Russia 7 6 0 0 1 29 13 +16 18 Third place
4 A   Switzerland 7 2 0 1 4 16 23 −7 7 Fourth place
5 B  Sweden 5 3 1 0 1 16 10 +6 11 Eliminated in
Quarter-finals
6 A  Canada 5 3 0 1 1 24 7 +17 10
7 A  Czech Republic 5 1 1 0 3 9 11 −2 5
8 B  Slovakia 5 1 0 0 4 18 22 −4 3
9 B  Kazakhstan 6 2 0 0 4 13 31 −18 6 Avoided Relegation
10 A  Denmark 6 0 0 0 6 3 34 −31 0 Relegated to 2020 Division I A
Updated to match(es) played on completed. Source: IIHF

Awards[edit]

Source: IIHF

Source: IIHF

Division I[edit]

Group A[edit]

The Group A tournament was held in Füssen, Germany from 9 to 15 December 2018.[6]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1  Germany (H) 5 4 1 0 0 22 5 +17 14 Promoted to Top Division
2  Belarus 5 3 0 0 2 18 13 +5 9
3  Norway 5 2 1 0 2 15 13 +2 8
4  Latvia 5 2 0 0 3 11 13 −2 6
5  Austria 5 1 0 2 2 9 17 −8 5
6  France 5 1 0 0 4 8 22 −14 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.

Group B[edit]

The Group B tournament was held in Tychy, Poland from 8 to 14 December 2018.[6]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1  Slovenia 5 3 2 0 0 21 11 +10 13 Promoted to Division I A
2  Poland (H) 5 3 0 1 1 19 15 +4 10[a]
3  Hungary 5 3 0 1 1 24 15 +9 10[a]
4  Italy 5 1 1 1 2 10 15 −5 6
5  Ukraine 5 1 1 0 3 14 20 −6 5
6  Japan 5 0 0 1 4 13 25 −12 1 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.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Hungary 2–4 Poland

Division II[edit]

Group A[edit]

The Group A tournament was held in Tallinn, Estonia from 13 to 19 January 2019.[6]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1  Estonia (H) 5 4 1 0 0 25 7 +18 14 Promoted to Division I B 2020
2  Lithuania 5 3 0 2 0 22 12 +10 11
3  Great Britain 5 3 0 0 2 30 16 +14 9
4  Romania 5 1 2 0 2 13 20 −7 7
5  Spain 5 1 0 0 4 8 18 −10 3
6  South Korea 5 0 0 1 4 7 32 −25 1 Relegated to Division II B 2020
Source: IIHF
(H) Host.

Group B[edit]

The Group B tournament was held in Zagreb, Croatia from 15 to 21 January 2019.[6]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1  Serbia 5 5 0 0 0 26 5 +21 15 Promoted to 2020 Division II A
2  Croatia (H) 5 4 0 0 1 18 9 +9 12
3  Netherlands 5 3 0 0 2 25 22 +3 9
4  Belgium 5 2 0 0 3 22 24 −2 6
5  Israel 5 1 0 0 4 12 21 −9 3
6  Mexico 5 0 0 0 5 6 28 −22 0 Relegated to 2020 Division III
Source: IIHF
(H) Host.

Division III[edit]

The tournament was held in Reykjavík, Iceland from 14 to 20 January 2019.[6]

Group A
Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 3 2 0 1 0 12 10 +2 7 Advance to Semifinals
2  Turkey 3 2 0 0 1 11 8 +3 6
3  Iceland (H) 3 1 1 0 1 11 8 +3 5 Advance to Placement Round
4  Chinese Taipei 3 0 0 0 3 3 11 −8 0
Source: IIHF
(H) Host.
Group B
Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  China 3 3 0 0 0 32 3 +29 9 Advance to Semifinals
2  Bulgaria 3 2 0 0 1 20 7 +13 6
3  South Africa 3 1 0 0 2 3 24 −21 3 Advance to Placement Round
4  New Zealand 3 0 0 0 3 1 22 −21 0
Source: IIHF
Bracket
  5–8th place semifinals     5th place game
                 
  3A  Iceland 11  
  4B  New Zealand 1    
      3A  Iceland 5
      4A  Chinese Taipei 3
  3B  South Africa 1    
  4A  Chinese Taipei 7   7th place game
 
4B  New Zealand 3
  3B  South Africa 5
  Semifinals                    
  1A  Australia 7  
  2B  Bulgaria 4   Gold medal game
      1A  Australia 1
  Semifinals   1B  China 5
  1B  China 12
  2A  Turkey 1   Bronze medal game
    2B  Bulgaria 0
    2A  Turkey 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Juniors return to B.C." Hockey Canada. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Competition officials" (PDF). IIHF. 21 November 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  3. ^ "New format for U18, U20 Worlds". IIHF.com. 2012-05-29. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved 2011-05-29.
  4. ^ "Scoring Leaders" (PDF). IIHF. 5 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Goalkeepers" (PDF). IIHF. 5 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Tournaments – World Men U20". IIHF. Retrieved 15 December 2018.

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