It must be the Holiday Season, as one of the best hockey tournaments on the calendar is set to get underway in beautiful British Columbia.
The 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships are in Vancouver, and Victoria this time around, and the action gets underway on December 26th, when the United States face Slovakia, and Canada clashes with Denmark.
Ten teams will vie for the crown, with Canada looking to defend its title. They downed Sweden 3-1 in the Gold Medal Game last year in Buffalo. It was Canada’s 17th Gold Medal, which puts them on top the leader board. The Russians are next with 13 Championships, though they haven’t won it all since 2011. The United States took home Bronze last year, after demolishing the Czech Republic 9-3.
Who’s the favourite to win it all this time around? With Canada hosting the tournament for a 13th time, they’re always in the mix. The United States walked away with the gold as recently as 2017, while Sweden and Russia are always dangerous. The beauty of this tournament is that every game counts, especially when teams get to the medal round. One bad game, and your medal aspirations are dashed.
Which explains why hockey fans flock to the World Juniors every December. The level of hockey is outstanding, and it’s a great opportunity to see the NHL stars of tomorrow perform on the big stage.
2019 WORLD JUNIORS SCHEDULE on SIRIUSXM
Wednesday, December 26th
U.S.A. vs. Slovakia 6:30 pm Eastern on SiriusXM 91
Canada vs. Denmark 7:00 pm Eastern on SiriusXM 167
Thursday, December 27th
Canada vs. Switzerland 7:00 pm Eastern on SiriusXM 167
Friday, December 28th
U.S.A. vs. Kazakhstan 10:30 pm Eastern on SiriusXM 91
Saturday, December 29th
Canada vs. Czech Republic 7:00 pm Eastern on SiriusXM 167
Sweden vs. U.S.A. 10:38 pm Eastern on SiriusXM 167
Monday, December 31st
Canada vs. Russia 7:00 pm Eastern on SiriusXM 167
U.S.A. vs. Finland 10:38 pm Eastern on SiriusXM 167
Wednesday, January 2nd
Quarter-Final #2 5:30 pm Eastern on SiriusXM 167
Quarter-Final #4 10:30 pm Eastern on SiriusXM 167
Friday, January 4th
Semi-Final #1 4:00 pm Eastern on SiriusXM 167
Semi-Final #2 7:00 pm Eastern on SiriusXM 167
Saturday, January 5th
Bronze Medal Game – TBD on SiriusXM 167
Gold Medal Game 7:00 pm Eastern on SiriusXM 167