It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Okay, the kids are out of school for a couple of weeks, driving you nuts. The in-laws keep threatening to drop by. And the credit card bill keeps going up and up and up.
But don’t fret, good friends. It’s also the time for the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships, from the International City of Hockey, Buffalo. The tournament where the best male hockey players under the age of 20 gather in one place for a couple of weeks, and put aside thoughts of the NHL, and their club teams, and focus on winning the championship.
It’s tough to get to the NHL; tougher yet to win the Stanley Cup. But some players will get a number of opportunities to do so. Winning the World Junior Hockey Championship is like winning the Memorial Cup in junior hockey…one only gets so many kicks at the can. And in the case of this tournament, only the best of the best are invited.
While almost all of the players involved are already on NHL scouting radar screens, a player can emerge from the pack with a great performance.
The tournament has become a Christmas tradition, with the games getting underway on December 26th, which is a holiday in Canada (Boxing Day). While this tournament has been around since 1977, it really caught fire when TSN in Canada undertook to make it appointment television in the early 1990’s.
Future NHL stars, from not only Canada and the United States but also from Europe, are showcased each late December. The hockey is top notch, and because the top powers are relatively close in talent, each game matters.
Last year, the States triumphed after edging Canada 5-4 in the Gold Medal Game. That was the 4th overall win for the young Americans, while Canada leads the Medal Table with 16 Golds. The Russians are next with 13.
This tournament has been wildly successful at the box office when it is held in Canada, while it has had a varying degree of success elsewhere. Buffalo last hosted the tournament in 2011, when Russia triumphed over Canada.
This time around, there is an outdoor game to add to the mix. The U.S. and Canada will play at the home of the Buffalo Bills on Friday, December 29th at 2 pm Eastern. The game counts in the standings.
Sirius XM is your home for the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships. NHL Network Radio Channel 91 and Canada Talks Channel 167 will air a number of games. It all gets going on Tuesday, December 26th at 3 pm Eastern/12 noon Pacific, as Finland and Canada meet up on Sirius XM Channel 91, followed by Denmark and the States at 8 pm Eastern, also on Channel 91.
2018 WORLD JUNIOR HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS on SIRIUSXM
- December 26th
- Canada vs Finland – NHL Network Radio Channel 91 – 3 pm ET
- Denmark vs USA – NHL Network Radio Channel 91 – 8 pm ET
- December 27th
- Canada vs Slovakia – Canada Talks Channel 167 – 7 pm ET
- December 28th
- USA vs Slovakia – NHL Network Radio Channel 91 – 8 pm ET
- December 29th
- Canada vs USA – NHL Network Radio Channel 91 – 2 pm ET
- December 30th
- Denmark vs Canada – Canada Talks Channel 167 – 7 pm ET
- December 31st
- USA vs Finland – Canada Talks Channel 167 – 4 pm ET
- January 2nd
- Quarter-Final #1 – NHL Network Radio Channel 91 – 12 pm ET
- Quarter-Final #3 – NHL Network Radio Channel 91 – 4 pm ET
- Quarter-Final #4 – Canada Talks Channel 167 – 8:08 pm ET
- January 4th
- Semi-Final #1 – NHL Network Radio Channel 91 – 4 pm ET
- Semi-Final #2 – Canada Talks Channel 167 – 8 pm ET
- January 5th
- Bronze Medal Game (only if Canada is playing) – NHL Network Radio Channel 91 – 4 pm ET
- Gold Medal Game – Canada Talks Channel 167 – 8 pm ET