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One of the most exciting hockey events of the year is set to kick off on Wednesday with the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship getting underway in Vancouver and Victoria, Canada. The annual tournament features fun, fast-paced play and gives hockey fans a look at some of the elite young prospects who will be making their way to the NHL soon.
It might be the most fun event on the hockey calendar behind the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so if you’re in need of a primer for this year’s tournament, we’ve got you covered.
What is the World Junior Championship?
The WJC, or more simply the World Juniors, is an annual international ice hockey tournament that features some of the best under-20 players in the world. A large number of NHL prospects participate in the event every year, both in the form of players who have already been drafted and players who are expected to be drafted this summer. The main tournament features the top-ten ranked hockey nations in the world, but there are also several lower divisions that play separate WJC tournaments for the purpose of promotion/relegation.
How does the format work?
The event typically runs from the day after Christmas until early January, with a round-robin preliminary round preceding an elimination three-round playoff. The 10-team field is split evenly into two groups (Group A and Group B), with every team playing one prelim game against each of the four other teams in their group. The preliminary round uses a 3-2-1-0 point structure (3 points for a win, 2 points for an OT win, 1 point for an OT loss, 0 points for a regulation loss).
At the conclusion of the preliminary round, the top four teams from each group will move on to the playoff round, while the last place teams from each group will face off in a best-of-three series to determine who gets relegated for next year’s tournament. Canada was within 46.4 seconds of advancing to the semifinals of the 2019 World Junior Championship.
Instead, the host nation finds itself eliminated from the tournament as an unlikely sequence of events led to Finland claiming a 2-1 overtime victory over the Canadians on Wednesday in Vancouver.
After Canada had taken the lead early in the second period through Ian Mitchell, it seemed as if there was nothing the Finns could do to equalize. Canadian goaltender Michael DiPietro was sensational in net, stopping everything that came his way for over 59 minutes as the Finnish team outshot its opponent but couldn’t capitalize.