Hockey’s future stars will likely be in Edmonton for the vacations as they compete within the 2021 World Junior Championship. And the hockey world will start celebrating a day sooner than ordinary.
The match will start on Christmas Day; it is going to be the primary Dec. 25 opener since 2005, Hockey Canada famous Monday night time. The match has been beginning on Dec. 26, Boxing Day.
The marquee matchup of Day 1 will likely be a Group B sport between america and 2020 runner-up Russia. The primary two contests of the day will likely be Switzerland vs. Slovakia and Germany vs. Finland.
The following day, host Canada will start protection of its 2020 title when it takes the ice towards Germany. The workforce will likely be carrying these jerseys:
NHL gamers in line to put on the Maple Leaf embrace Alberta native Kirby Dach, who performed in 64 regular-season video games and 9 postseason video games as a rookie for the Blackhawks in 2019-20. Dach, a 19-year-old heart, was the third general choose within the 2019 draft, taken by Chicago from the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades.
The highest two choices within the 2020 NHL Draft, Alexis Lafreniere and Quinton Byfield, might additionally skate for Canada as nicely. The WJC will likely be performed earlier than the NHL’s 2020-21 season will get underway.
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The match was initially slated to happen in Edmonton and Purple Deer, Alta., however the COVID-19 outbreak modified these plans. The match will now be performed totally at Rogers Place in Edmonton, the sector the NHL used for a lot of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. No spectators will likely be allowed inside the sector for any of the 28 video games. Edmonton and Purple Deer will host video games within the 2022 match.
“An incredible quantity of planning has been underway for nearly two years and saying the schedule signifies how shut we’re to puck drop,” Riley Wiwchar, govt director of the WJC, stated in a press release.
World Juniors 2021: Schedule, dates, occasions
The 2020-21 WJC is scheduled to start Dec. 25 and finish Jan. 5. Video games will likely be performed at Rogers Place in Edmonton.
The ten groups within the match will likely be break up into two teams of 5 groups: Group A and Group B. Canada, Finland, Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland are in Group A; Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, Sweden and america are in Group B. The groups will play a round-robin of their respective teams. That will likely be adopted by the quarterfinals, semifinals, third-place sport and ultimate.
|DATE||TEAMS (GROUP)||TIME (ET)|
|Dec. 25||Switzerland vs. Slovakia (Group A)||2 p.m.|
|Dec. 25||Germany vs. Finland (Group A)||6 p.m.|
|Dec. 25||Russia vs. United States (Group B)||9:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 26||Sweden vs. Czech Republic (Group B)||2 p.m.|
|Dec. 26||Germany vs. Canada (Group A)||6 p.m.|
|Dec. 26||United States vs. Austria (Group B)||9:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 27||Finland vs. Switzerland (Group A)||2 p.m.|
|Dec. 27||Slovakia vs. Canada (Group A)||6 p.m.|
|Dec. 27||Czech Republic vs. Russia (Group B)||9:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 28||Austria vs. Sweden (Group B)||6 p.m.|
|Dec. 28||Slovakia vs. Germany (Group A)||9:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 29||USA vs. Czech Republic (Group B)||2 p.m.|
|Dec. 29||Canada vs. Switzerland (Group A)||6 p.m.|
|Dec. 29||Austria vs. Russia (Group B)||9:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 30||Finland vs. Slovakia (Group A)||2 p.m.|
|Dec. 30||Switzerland vs. Germany (Group A)||6 p.m.|
|Dec. 30||Russia vs. Sweden (Group B)||9:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 31||Czech Republic vs. Austria (Group B)||2 p.m.|
|Dec. 31||Canada vs. Finland (Group A)||6 p.m.|
|Dec. 31||Sweden vs. United States (Group B)||9:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 2||at Edmonton||Midday|
|Jan. 2||at Edmonton||3:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 2||at Edmonton||7 p.m.|
|Jan. 2||at Edmonton||10:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 4||at Edmonton||6 p.m.|
|Jan. 4||at Edmonton||9:30 p.m.|
Third-place sport and ultimate
|Jan. 5||at Edmonton||5:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 5||at Edmonton||9:30 p.m.|
This text has been up to date to right the match 12 months, when the Group Canada jersey was launched, the standing of Lafreniere and Byfield, the WJC being performed earlier than the beginning of the NHL season and the websites for the 2022 match.