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World Juniors 2021: American team scores, schedule, how to watch

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After skating with medals in four consecutive tournaments for the first time in program history, the United States left the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic empty-handed. Last year’s team finished a disappointing sixth despite being in the top two of a tough Group B.

In 2021, the reunification will not be easier as the American team will meet Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Austria. It will be a difficult task to climb to the top for Americans, who will also be deprived of the services of John Beecher and Thomas Bordeleau after their release due to testing positive for COVID-19. (Beecher tested positive, although he has since tested negative, and Bordeleau was his roommate.)

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No longer seen as an afterthought, the United States is an established power on the world junior circuit and should contend for a medal. The Americans own 12 medals (four gold, two silver and six bronze) and head coach Nate Leaman has formed a highly qualified squad that is expected to see another brilliant medal on January 5.

Here’s everything you need to know about the tournament, including how to watch matches live in the United States and a full schedule with updated scores and standings.

Schedule and results of the American team at the World Juniors

The 2021 World Junior Championship format consists of two groups of five teams playing a preliminary round tournament to determine the standings followed by a knockout tournament. The United States designed Group B, which also includes Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Austria.

Dated Opponent Result TV Info
Dec 25 Russia L, 5-3 9:30 p.m. (NHLN, , TSN)
Dec 26 Austria W, 11-0 9:30 p.m. (NHLN, , TSN1 / 4/5)
Dec 29 Czech republic 2 p.m. (NHLN, , TSN)
Dec 31 Sweden 9:30 p.m. (NHLN, , TSN)
January 2 Quarter-finals TBD (NHLN, , TSN)
January 4th Semi finals TBD (NHLN, , TSN)
January 5 Bronze / Gold Medal TBD (NHLN, , TSN)

(All Eastern hours)

How to watch USA games live online

All games will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alta. Junior World Championship games are only available on NHL Network in the United States, which plans to broadcast each game for the very first time. Stephen Nelson will provide play-by-play for each Team USA game and will be joined by analyst Dave Starman and reporter Jill Savage.

NHL Network is also broadcast on .

U.S. team’s 2021 world junior roster

Ten players return from last year’s squad, including goaltenders Spencer Knight and Dustin Wolf, who provide one of the best 1-2 combos of the tournament. With a young defense in front of them – Cam York is the only returnee on the blue line – the two backstops will be in high demand.

Up front, USA Hockey’s forward group is deep. Trevor Zegras, who led the team in points last year with nine assists, is returning, as is team top scorer Arthur Kaliyev (aka #ArtyParty). Canadiens prospect Cole Caufield will be looking to avenge a poor 2020 tournament, where he only collected one goal and one assist.

No. Last name Position Hometown Club team NHL Draft
9 Trevor Zegras Forward Bedford, NY Contract signed with the NHL ANA (2019)
ten Matthieu Beniers Forward Hingham, Mass. Michigan (Big Ten) Draft 2021
12 Matthew boldy Forward Millis, Mass. Boston College (HE) MIN (2019)
13 Cole caufield Forward Stevens Point, Wisc. Wisconsin (Big Ten) MTL (2019)
15 Alex Turcotte Forward Chicago, Illinois. Contract signed with the NHL LAK (2019)
18 Brendan Brisson Forward Manhattan Beach, California. Michigan (Big Ten) VGK (2020)
19 Patrick Moynihan Forward Millis, Mass. Providence (ET) NJD (2019)
21 Brett Berard Forward East Greenwich, RI Providence (ET) NYR (2020)
22 Sam colangelo Forward Stoneham, Mass. Northeast (ET) ANA (2020)
24 Bobby brink Forward Minnetonka, Minn. Denver (NCHC) PHI (2019)
25 John farinacci Forward Red Bank, NJ Muskegon (USHL) ARI (2019)
26 Landon slaggert Forward South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame (Big Ten) CHI (2020)
28 Arthur kaliyev Forward Staten Island, New York Hamilton (OHL) LAK (2019)
2 Drew helleson Defense Farmington, Minn. Boston College (HE) COL (2019)
3 Henry thrun Defense Southborough, Massachusetts. Dubuque (USHL) ANA (2019)
4 Cam York Defense Anaheim, California. Michigan (Big Ten) PHI (2019)
5 Jackson LaCombe Defense Eden Prairie, Minn. Minnesota (Big Ten) ANA (2019)
seven Tyler kleven Defense Fargo, ND North Dakota (NCHC) OTT (2020)
8 Jake sanderson Defense Whitefish, Mont. North Dakota (NCHC) OTT (2020)
11 Brock Faber Defense Maple Grove, Minn. Minnesota (Big Ten) LAK (2020)
17 Skinner Hunter Defense Pinckney, me. London (OHL) NYR (2019)
23 Ryan johnson Defense Irvine, California. Minnesota (Big Ten) BUF (2019)
29 Logan stein Guardian Suwanee, Georgia. State Ferris (WCHA) Draft 2021
30 Spencer knight Guardian Darien, Conn. Boston College (HE) FLA (2019)
32 Dustin Wolf Guardian Gilroy, California. Everett (WHL) CGY (2019)

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2021 World Junior Championship ranking


Team Victories Losses OTL Points
1. Canada 2 0 0 6
2. Finland 2 0 0 6
3. Slovakia 1 1 1 4
4. Germany 1 2 0 2
5. Switzerland 0 2 0 0


Team Victories Losses OTL Points
1. Sweden 2 0 0 6
2. United States 1 1 0 3
3. Russia 1 1 0 3
4. Czech Republic 1 1 0 3
5. Austria 0 2 0 0

Regulation wins = 3 points
Overtime savings = 2 points
Loss of overtime = 1 point

Full schedule for the 2021 World Junior Championship

(All Eastern hours)

Slovakia 1, Switzerland 0 2:00 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Finland 5, Germany 3 6 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Russia 5, United States 3 9:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Sweden 7, Czech Republic 1 2:00 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Canada 16, Germany 2 6 p.m. TSN, NHLN
United States 11, Austria 0 9:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Finland 4, Switzerland 1 2:00 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Canada 3, Slovakia 1 6 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Czech Republic 2, Russia 0 9:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Austria 0, Sweden 4 6 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Slovakia 3, Germany 4 (OT) 9:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
United States vs. Czech Republic 2:00 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Canada vs Switzerland 6 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Austria vs Russia 9:30 p.m. TSN
Finland vs Slovakia 2:00 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Switzerland vs Germany 6 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Russia vs Sweden 9:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Czech Republic vs. Austria 2:00 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Canada vs Finland 6 p.m. TSN, NHLN
United States vs. Sweden 9:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Quarterfinal 12 h 00 TSN, NHLN
Quarterfinal 3:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Quarterfinal 7 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Quarterfinal 10:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Semi final 6 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Semi final 9:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Bronze medal match 5:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Gold medal set 9:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN


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