It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Hockey’s stars of tomorrow lace up their skates for TSN’s signature holiday hockey tradition, the 2020 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP – one of 60+ championship events that live on TSN – beginning Thursday, Dec. 26 live from Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic. TSN delivers complete live coverage of all 28 tournament games, culminating with the Gold Medal Game on Sunday, Jan. 5.
The action begins with two pre-competition matchups, as Team Canada faces Switzerland today (Dec. 19) at 12 noon ET on TSN1 and TSN3 and then Finland on Monday, Dec. 23 at 11:30 a.m. ET on TSN1 and TSN4. Team Canada opens their tournament campaign against rivals Team USA on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 1 p.m. ET on TSN1, TSN3, and TSN4, followed by a challenging match-up against Russia on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. ET on TSN1, TSN3, and TSN4 (the complete broadcast schedule is posted below).
The 2020 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP marks the 30th anniversary of the tournament airing on Canada’s Sports Leader. TSN first delivered coverage of the World Juniors in 1990, and the tournament has since grown into the country’s favourite holiday hockey tradition, with millions of viewers tuning in each year.
TSN preps Canadians for the tournament with the 2020 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW SHOW hosted by James Duthie alongside TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button, play-by-play commentator Gord Miller, and analysts Ray Ferraro and Jeff O’Neill. The hour-long, comprehensive preview airs Monday, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN, and features the following highlights:
- “Meet Team Canada” feature, introducing the Team Canada roster
- McKenzie, Button, and Ferraro analyze the forwards and the blueliners for Team Canada
- Miller sits down for an interview with Team Canada Head Coach Dale Hunter
- Marking the 30th year of TSN broadcasting the World Juniors, Michael Farber delivers an essay reflecting on the first 29 years
- O’Neill outlines his favourite World Juniors memories
- Members of Team Canada compete in a present wrapping competition, with play-by-play provided by TSN reporter Mark Masters
- Button does his annual bracketology, projecting preliminary round and medal round winners
TSN’s studio coverage is led by Duthie and McKenzie throughout the preliminary round, medal round, and Gold Medal Game. They are joined by O’Neill for Team Canada games. TSN’s Laura Diakun and Dave Reid also host coverage of the tournament’s preliminary round live from the TSN Studio.
Delivering the call of all Team Canada games, as well as the medal round and Gold Medal Game is the acclaimed duo of Miller and Ferraro, with Tessa Bonhomme reporting from rinkside in Ostrava. Play-by-play commentator Dennis Beyak provides the call for games from Trinec, joined by Button as game analyst.
TSN.ca delivers comprehensive coverage of the tournament including breaking news, scores, must-see highlights, and reports from TSN’s Senior Hockey Reporter, Frank Seravalli. TSN’s official social media platforms feature extensive content and social media reaction throughout the tournament.
General Motors and Gatorade highlight the slate of major brands that have signed on as sponsors of TSN’s signature coverage of the 2020 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP.
TSN once again delivers the World Junior Radio Network presented by the Esso brand, with 20 stations across Canada joining forces to bring Canadians live radio coverage of the World Juniors. Coverage includes play-by-play commentator Jon Abbott and analyst Dave Tomlinson, with Blake Price returning as host.
Produced by TSN Radio, the World Junior Radio Network presented by the Esso Brand features every Team Canada game, including two pre-competition games, plus a slate of quarter-final matchups, both semifinals, and the Gold Medal Game.
Along with live radio coverage on the World Junior Radio Network presented by the Esso Brand, TSN’s team of Hockey Insiders and experts contribute frequent reports to TSN Radio stations throughout the tournament. Fans across the country can also listen live wherever they are through the TSN and iHeartRadio Canada mobile apps, online at TSN.ca/Radio, and on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
2020 World Juniors Broadcast Schedule
|Thu, December 26||SUI vs. KAZ||9am/6am||TSN 1/3|
|Thu, December 26||CZE vs. RUS||9am/6am||TSN 4/5|
|Thu, December 26||SWE vs. FIN||1pm/10am||TSN5|
|Thu, December 26||CAN vs. USA||1pm/10am||TSN 1/3/4|
|Fri, December 27||SVK vs. KAZ||9am/6am||TSN|
|Fri, December 27||GER vs. USA||1pm/10am||TSN 1/3/4|
|Sat, December 28||FIN vs. SVK||9am/6am||TSN 1/3|
|Sat, December 28||CZE vs. GER||9am/6am||TSN 4/5|
|Sat, December 28||SUI vs. SWE||1pm/10am||TSN5|
|Sat, December 28||RUS vs. CAN||1pm/10am||TSN 1/3/4|
|Sun, December 29||KAZ vs. FIN||9am/6am||TSN 3/4/5|
|Sun, December 29||USA vs. RUS||1pm/10am||TSN 4/5|
|Mon, December 30||KAZ vs. SWE||9am/6am||TSN5|
|Mon, December 30||GER vs. CAN||9am/6am||TSN 1/3/4|
|Mon, December 30||SVK vs. SUI||1pm/10am||TSN 1/3|
|Mon, December 30||USA vs. CZE||1pm/10am||TSN 4/5|
|Tue, December 31||SWE vs. SVK||9am/6am||TSN 1/3|
|Tue, December 31||RUS vs. GER||9am/6am||TSN 4/5|
|Tue, December 31||FIN vs. SUI||1pm/10am||TSN5|
|Tue, December 31||CAN vs. CZE||1pm/10am||TSN 1/3/4|
|Thu, January 2||Quarterfinal||6:30am/3:30am||TSN|
|Thu, January 2||Quarterfinal||9am/6am||TSN|
|Thu, January 2||Quarterfinal||11:30am/8:30am||TSN|
|Thu, January 2||Quarterfinal||2pm/11am||TSN|
|Sat, January 4||Semifinal||9am/6am||TSN|
|Sat, January 4||Semifinal||1pm/10am||TSN 1/4/5|
|Sun, January 5||Bronze Medal||9am/6am||TSN|
|Sun, January 5||Gold Medal||1pm/10am||TSN|