IIHF WORLD JUNIOR HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
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IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship Tickets
Tournament Location: Changes annually
Governing Body: IIHF
2020 Location: Czech Republic
2020 Champion: Canada
Founding Date: 1977
IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship TicketsThe International Ice Hockey Federation has presented the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship since 1977. The first championship was claimed by the Soviet Union. Over the past 40-plus years, this event has been held in a variety of countries. During the early years of World Juniors, the Soviet Union dominated. Canada and Sweden were also often in contention. One of the events that put the World Juniors on the map was the so-called "Punch-up in Piestany" in 1987. A brawl erupted between the Canadian and Soviet teams. The officials were over-matched and could not restore order, so eventually, organizers turned off the lights to try and quell the violence. This move backfired. The Canadian team was hurriedly ushered out of the country. The publicity and controversy derived from the fight raised the profile of the World Juniors tournament in North America. By the 1990s, Canada was heavily invested in the tournament and won several in a row. In the 2000s, the US followed suit and is now a major contender annually.
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What are the top match-ups this year for World Juniors?In 2020, the teams to watch at World Juniors were expected to be the USA, Sweden, Canada and Russia. In fact, Group B, which held the USA, Canada and Russia was widely nicknamed the "Group of Death." By contrast, Sweden and Finland were the teams to watch in Group A. Of course, with such young players, almost anything can happen at the tournament. While these are some of the best athletes in the world, they're still developing rapidly.
Who are the most recent champions at World Juniors?Canada won the 2020 IIHF World Juniors Championship. Akil Thomas scored the game-winning goal in the championship game against Russia. Thomas plays in the OHL, for the Peterborough Petes. Russia took the silver, and Sweden captured the bronze. Canadian Ian LaFreniere was named the tournament MVP. LaFreniere plays with the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL.
What are some historic rivalries at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships?Canada and Russia have a long-standing rivalry at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. These teams were often the top contenders for the championship in the tournament's early days. They famously battled at Piestany in 1987, a semi-final, and have often faced off in the championship game. Most recently, they faced off in the gold medal game in 2020. Other rivalries include the USA and Canada. For a long time, Canada invested a lot more in developing players for World Juniors. However, in recent years the USA has also boosted investment. This means that the neighboring countries are competing on a more level playing field. Their match-ups are more closely fought than ever before.
Who are some all-time greats from the IIHF World Juniors Championship?World Juniors are so popular because they offer hockey fans a chance to see the stars of tomorrow. Many players in these tournaments go on to play in elite leagues like the KHL and NHL. For example, during the 1987 "Punch-Up in Piestany," players including Sergei Fedorov, Brendan Shanahan and Theo Fleury were on the ice. Stars like Markus Naslund and Eric Lindros had great tournaments during the early 1990s. More recently, Canada's Brayden Schenn had a huge tournament in 2011.
What is the tailgating scene like at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships?The truth is that the tailgating scene varies year by year. Every city and country has its own culture, and policies on drinking and open containers differ from country to country. The local flavor of the tournament changes each year as the tournament moves to a new place. In many cases, there is great tailgating. For example, in 2017, the tournament was held in Buffalo, New York. There was a great tailgating scene at New Era Field in the city. Media reports even compared it to the tailgating that accompanies Buffalo Bills home games
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