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Vancouver to host Canada-Russia New Year's Eve game at World Juniors

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Rob Williams Aug 03, 2018 11:59 am 2,468

What a way to ring in 2019.

Hockey Canada has unveiled the IIHF World Junior Championship schedule, which begins this December in Vancouver and Victoria.

The schedule is highlighted by a New Year’s Eve matchup at Rogers Arena between Canada and Russia, which will likely decide the winner of Group A.

Canada opens the tournament on Boxing Day against Denmark, before playing Switzerland (December 27), the Czech Republic (December 29), and Russia (December 31) to close out the preliminary round.

The 11-day tournament concludes on January 5, with the gold medal game in Vancouver.

“The announcement of the tournament schedule is another indication of how close we are to puck-drop on Boxing Day,” said tournament director Riley Wiwchar. “Excitement has been building for months in the province, and that now extends across the country and around the world as fans get set to enjoy some of the best international hockey the world has to offer.”

This year’s tournament is expected to have some Canucks content, with Vancouver prospect Michael DiPietro the favourite to be Canada’s starting goaltender. First-round draft pick Quinn Hughes should be one of Team USA’s top players, though fans in Vancouver won’t get to see him until the knockout round, as the Americans play the entirety of the preliminary round in Victoria.

After winning just one gold medal in eight years, Canada recaptured World Junior glory at last year’s tournament in Buffalo, defeating Sweden in the gold medal game.

2019 World Juniors schedule

Canada-Russia is the marquee game to watch out for in Group A, while USA-Sweden is the most high-profile matchup in Victoria.

All of Canada’s games begin at 5 pm PT, presumably for national television purposes.

The tournament is split between Rogers Arena in Vancouver and the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, shifting entirely to Vancouver following the quarter-final.

Group A (Vancouver)

Date Time Location Game
Wed, Dec 26 1:00 PM Vancouver Czech Rep vs Switzerland
Wed, Dec 26 5:00 PM Vancouver Canada vs Denmark
Thu, Dec 27 1:00 PM Vancouver Russia vs Denmark
Thu, Dec 27 5:00 PM Vancouver Switzerland vs Canada
Fri, Dec 28 5:00 PM Vancouver Czech Rep vs Russia
Sat, Dec 29 1:00 PM Vancouver Denmark vs Switzerland
Sat, Dec 29 5:00 PM Vancouver Canada vs Czech Rep
Sun, Dec 30 5:00 PM Vancouver Switzerland vs Russia
Mon, Dec 31 1:00 PM Vancouver Denmark vs Czech Rep
Mon, Dec 31 5:00 PM Vancouver Russia vs Canada

Group B (Victoria)

Date Time Location Game
Wed, Dec 26 3:30 PM Victoria USA vs Slovakia
Wed, Dec 26 7:30 PM Victoria Finland vs Sweden
Thu, Dec 27 3:30 PM Victoria Slovakia vs Sweden
Thu, Dec 27 7:30 PM Victoria Finland vs Kazakhstan
Fri, Dec 28 7:30 PM Victoria Kazakhstan vs USA
Sat, Dec 29 3:30 PM Victoria Slovakia vs Finland
Sat, Dec 29 7:30 PM Victoria Sweden vs USA
Sun, Dec 30 7:30 PM Victoria Kazakhstan vs Slovakia
Mon, Dec 31 3:30 PM Victoria Sweden vs Kazakhstan
Mon, Dec 31 7:30 PM Victoria USA vs Finland

Knockout round

Date Time Location Game
Tue, Jan 2 11:00 AM Vancouver Relegation
Tue, Jan 2 1:00 PM Victoria Quarter-final
Tue, Jan 2 3:30 PM Vancouver Quarter-final
Tue, Jan 2 5:00 PM Victoria Quarter-final
Tue, Jan 2 7:30 PM Vancouver Quarter-final
Thu, Jan 4 9:00 AM Vancouver Relegation
Thu, Jan 4 1:00 PM Vancouver Semi-final
Thu, Jan 4 5:00 PM Vancouver Semi-final
Fri, Jan 5 9:00 AM Vancouver Relegation
Fri, Jan 5 1:00 PM Vancouver Bronze medal
Fri, Jan 5 5:00 PM Vancouver Gold medal
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Rob Williams
Man of the people, voice of the fans. Daily Hive Sports Editor.

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