It’s without a doubt that this is the best time of the year. Not only are we in the midst of the holiday season and Christmas is just right around the corner, but the best hockey tournament in world is upon us. The World Junior Championships is ready to start on December 26th in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic.
Here are the divisions and schedule for USA (time is EST)
Group A Group B
Finland United States
Kazakhstan Czech Republic
All games are 1pm EST.
Thursday December 26 vs Canada
Friday December 27 vs Germany
Sunday December 29 vs Russia
Monday December 30 vs Czech Republic
For those of you who don’t remember, the US lost in the finals against the Kaapo Kakko led Finnish team. Kakko scored the go ahead goal and sealed the deal for Finland. Jack Hughes might not be on the roster this year, but the US will have some elite talent leading the way. Players to watch for the United States…
Spencer Knight – Goalie (Florida Panthers)
Cole Caufield – Forward (Montreal Canadiens)
K’Andre Miller – Defense (New York Rangers)
Alex Turcotte – Forward (LA Kings)
Yes, three of those players already play together at Wisconsin. Those 4 are returning to avenge the loss in the finals last year. There are so many other great players for the United States so they will certainly be contenders.
The US is coached by University of Minnesota Duluth’s, Scott Sandelin.