IIHF World U18 Championship

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A gold medal that was awarded at the 2004 tournament

The IIHF U18 World Championship is an annual event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation for national under-18 ice hockey teams from around the world. The tournament is usually played in April and is organized according to a system similar to Ice Hockey World Championships and World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. The United States has dominated the tournament with nine championships followed by Canada and Russia with three. Countries generally send their best team to this tournament, however, several top North American and European amateurs may not participate as in April both the United States Hockey League (USHL) and Canadian Hockey League (CHL) are still involved in league playoffs.[1] Players who do not participate in the World Championship due to their respective league postseasons have the alternative of representing their country in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August.[1]


Year Gold Silver Bronze Venue
1999  Finland  Sweden  Slovakia Germany Füssen / Kaufbeuren
2000  Finland  Russia  Sweden Switzerland Kloten / Weinfelden
2001  Russia   Switzerland  Finland Finland Heinola / Helsinki / Lahti
2002  United States  Russia  Czech Republic Slovakia Piešťany / Trnava
2003  Canada  Slovakia  Russia Russia Yaroslavl
2004  Russia  United States  Czech Republic Belarus Minsk
2005  United States  Canada  Sweden Czech Republic České Budějovice / Plzeň
2006  United States  Finland  Czech Republic Sweden Ängelholm / Halmstad
2007  Russia  United States  Sweden Finland Tampere / Rauma
2008  Canada  Russia  United States Russia Kazan
2009  United States  Russia  Finland United States Fargo
2010  United States  Sweden  Finland Belarus Minsk / Babruysk
2011  United States  Sweden  Russia Germany Crimmitschau / Dresden
2012  United States  Sweden  Canada Czech Republic Brno / Znojmo
2013  Canada  United States  Finland Russia Sochi
2014  United States  Czech Republic  Canada Finland Lappeenranta / Imatra
2015  United States  Finland  Canada Switzerland Zug / Lucerne
2016 United States Grand Forks
2017 Slovakia TBD[2]
2018 Russia Chelyabinsk / Magnitogorsk [2]

Medal table[edit]

Country 1st Gold 2nd Silver 3rd Bronze Medals
 United States 9 3 1 13
 Russia 3 4 2 9
 Canada 3 1 3 7
 Finland 2 2 4 8
 Sweden 0 4 3 7
 Czech Republic 0 1 3 4
 Slovakia 0 1 1 2
  Switzerland 0 1 0 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Canadian Press (2006-08-12). "Canada blanks U.S. to win under-18 gold". tsn.ca. Archived from the original on 2006-08-26. Retrieved 2006-08-12. 
  2. ^ a b IIHF calendar

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