Hockey Canada, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), and TSN announced today the tournament schedule for Canada’s fan-favourite hockey holiday tradition, the 2021 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP. Live from Rogers Place in Edmonton, TSN delivers complete coverage of all 28 tournament games, beginning on Christmas Day for the first time since the 2005 tournament, and culminating with wall-to-wall coverage of all four quarterfinal games on Saturday, Jan. 2, both semi-finals on Sunday, Jan. 3, and the Gold Medal Game on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Taking place this year without fans in attendance, the tournament opens with three games on Christmas Day (Friday, Dec. 25): Switzerland taking on Slovakia, Germany vs. Finland, and Russia squaring off against the United States. Team Canada opens their tournament against Germany on Saturday, Dec. 26; and goes head-to-head with Slovakia on Sunday, Dec. 27, Switzerland on Tuesday, Dec. 29, and closes out the preliminary round on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31, against Finland.
Canada’s Sports Leader drops the puck on live World Juniors coverage by delivering all 10 pre-tournament games, kicking off Sunday, Dec. 20. Headlined by Team Canada’s tune-up matchups against Russia and Sweden.
The 10-team tournament features Canada in Group A along with Finland, Germany, Slovakia, and Switzerland. Group B is comprised of Austria, the Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. Additional broadcast details, including TSN’s comprehensive digital, radio, and broadcast coverage plans, are to be announced.
Counting down to the excitement of the tournament, TSN relives some of the most memorable World Juniors moments of the last three decades with WORLD JUNIOR ENCORES, airing Mondays from Oct. 19 to Dec. 14 on TSN2. Celebrating some of the most unforgettable matchups and heated rivalries, TSN’s WORLD JUNIOR ENCORES showcase hockey’s elite superstars before they made the leap to the NHL.
The 2021 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP marks the 31st anniversary of the tournament airing on Canada’s Sports Leader.
IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship Pre-Competition (Edmonton, AB)
|USA vs Switzerland||Sunday, December 20, 2020||6pm||TSN|
|Finland vs Czech Republic||Sunday, December 20, 2020||9:30pm||TSN|
|Austria vs Germany||Monday, December 21, 2020||2pm||TSN|
|Sweden vs Canada||Monday, December 21, 2020||6pm||TSN|
|Russia vs Slovakia||Monday, December 21, 2020||9:30pm||TSN|
|Finland vs USA||Tuesday, December 22, 2020||6pm||TSN|
|Switzerland vs Sweden||Tuesday, December 22, 2020||9:30pm||TSN|
|Slovakia vs Austria||Wednesday, December 23, 2020||2pm||TSN|
|Canada vs Russia||Wednesday, December 23, 2020||6pm||TSN|
|Czech Republic vs Germany||Wednesday, December 23, 2020||9:30pm||TSN|
IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship (Edmonton, AB)
|Switzerland vs. Slovakia||Friday, December 25, 2020||2pm||TSN|
|Germany vs. Finland||Friday, December 25, 2020||6pm||TSN|
|Russia vs. United States||Friday, December 25, 2020||9:30pm||TSN|
|Sweden vs. Czech Republic||Saturday, December 26, 2020||2pm||TSN|
|Germany vs. Canada||Saturday, December 26, 2020||6pm||TSN|
|United States vs. Austria||Saturday, December 26, 2020||9:30pm||TSN|
|Finland vs. Switzerland||Sunday, December 27, 2020||2pm||TSN|
|Slovakia vs. Canada||Sunday, December 27, 2020||6pm||TSN|
|Czech Republic vs. Russia||Sunday, December 27, 2020||9:30pm||TSN|
|Austria vs. Sweden||Monday, December 28, 2020||6pm||TSN|
|Slovakia vs. Germany||Monday, December 28, 2020||9:30pm||TSN|
|United States vs. Czech Republic||Tuesday, December 29, 2020||2pm||TSN|
|Canada vs. Switzerland||Tuesday, December 29, 2020||6pm||TSN|
|Austria vs. Russia||Tuesday, December 29, 2020||9:30pm||TSN|
|Finland vs. Slovakia||Wednesday, December 30, 2020||2pm||TSN|
|Switzerland vs. Germany||Wednesday, December 30, 2020||6pm||TSN|
|Russia vs. Sweden||Wednesday, December 30, 2020||9:30pm||TSN|
|Czech Republic vs. Austria||Thursday, December 31, 2020||2pm||TSN|
|Canada vs. Finland||Thursday, December 31, 2020||6pm||TSN|
|Sweden vs. United States||Thursday, December 31, 2020||9:30pm||TSN|
|Quarterfinals||Saturday, January 2, 2021||12pm||TSN|
|Quarterfinals||Saturday, January 2, 2021||3:30pm||TSN|
|Quarterfinals||Saturday, January 2, 2021||7pm||TSN|
|Quarterfinals||Saturday, January 2, 2021||10:30pm||TSN|
|Semifinals||Sunday, January 3, 2021||6pm||TSN|
|Semifinals||Sunday, January 3, 2021||9:30pm||TSN|
|Bronze||Tuesday, January 5, 2021||5:30pm||TSN|
|Gold||Tuesday, January 5, 2021||9:30pm||TSN|
Schedule subject to change