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 Finland, 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]


  • (#) Number of tournaments won at the time.
Year 1st, gold medalist(s) Gold 2nd, silver medalist(s) Silver 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bronze Host city (cities) Host country
1999  Finland (1)  Sweden  Slovakia Füssen and Kaufbeuren  Germany
2000  Finland (2)  Russia  Sweden Kloten and Weinfelden   Switzerland
2001  Russia (1)   Switzerland  Finland Heinola, Helsinki, and Lahti  Finland
2002  United States (1)  Russia  Czech Republic Piešťany and Trnava  Slovakia
2003  Canada (1)  Slovakia  Russia Yaroslavl  Russia
2004  Russia (2)  United States  Czech Republic Minsk  Belarus
2005  United States (2)  Canada  Sweden České Budějovice and Plzeň  Czech Republic
2006  United States (3)  Finland  Czech Republic Ängelholm and Halmstad  Sweden
2007  Russia (3)  United States  Sweden Tampere and Rauma  Finland
2008  Canada (2)  Russia  United States Kazan  Russia
2009  United States (4)  Russia  Finland Fargo  United States
2010  United States (5)  Sweden  Finland Minsk and Babruysk  Belarus
2011  United States (6)  Sweden  Russia Crimmitschau and Dresden  Germany
2012  United States (7)  Sweden  Canada Brno and Znojmo  Czech Republic
2013  Canada (3)  United States  Finland Sochi  Russia
2014  United States (8)  Czech Republic  Canada Lappeenranta and Imatra  Finland
2015  United States (9)  Finland  Canada Zug and Lucerne   Switzerland
2016  Finland (3)  Sweden  United States Grand Forks  United States
2017 Poprad and Spišská Nová Ves[2]  Slovakia
2018 Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk[2]  Russia
2019 TBA  Sweden[2]

Medal table[edit]

Country 1st, gold medalist(s) Gold 2nd, silver medalist(s) Silver 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bronze Medals
 United States 9 3 2 14
 Russia 3 4 2 9
 Finland 3 2 4 9
 Canada 3 1 3 7
 Sweden 0 5 3 8
 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 c "2016 IIHF Calendar of Events" (PDF). IIHF.com. 1 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 

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