Quick Bit: The 2022 tournament is taking place at an atypical time of the year.

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Take two. The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, or as most call it, the “World Juniors”, is set to kick back up again this August.

The annual tournament is typically played right after Christmas, however, the tournament was canceled partway through competition in December of 2021 due to COVID-19. Instead of skipping over the tournament in its entirety, the IIHF elected to restart the World Juniors in August.

It’s going to be a mixed bag of players heading to Edmonton for the international games. Players that were eligible for the tournament in December remain eligible to play, despite the fact that they may be too old based on the normal guidelines.

However, a number of players may not be attending as they get ready for the upcoming NHL season. William Eklund, the No. 7 pick from the Sharks in 2021, recently announced he would not participate in the tournament, even though he was tabbed on Sweden’s initial roster.

It certainly will have a different feel to it, with it being played during the summer for the first time in history, but with no other hockey going on, it’s an opportunity for all eyes to be on the future of the NHL.

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Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming 2022 World Juniors tournament.

When do the 2022 World Juniors start?

Start date: Tuesday, Aug. 9
End date: Saturday, Aug. 20

After the tournament was canceled in December of 2021, the IIHF is trying again for the 2022 edition in August. It will start on Aug. 9 and run for 12 days to Aug. 20.

The group stage starts on Aug. 9 and will take place over the first seven days of the competition. The quarterfinals will all be on Aug. 17, the semifinals on Aug. 19 and the tournament will conclude with the bronze and gold medal games on Aug. 20.

How to watch World Juniors hockey games on TV, live stream

TV channel (Canada): TSN
Live stream (Canada): TSN.ca, TSN app
TV channel (U.S.): NHL Network
Live stream (U.S.): fuboTV

TSN and the NHL Network will once again be home to all of the action for the 2022 World Juniors.

The American audience can view the games live on TV on the NHL Network, or can stream it though fuboTV.

Canadian viewers can watch the competition on TSN, or can stream the games through TSN.ca or in the TSN app.

2022 World Juniors groups

Group A
Group B
USA
Canada
Sweden
Finland
Germany
Czechia
Switzerland
Slovakia
Austria
Latvia

Teams will play four preliminary games in a round-robin format within their group, followed by a three-round playoff.

In the group stage, teams earn three points for a regulation win, two points for an overtime win, one point for an overtime loss and no points for a regulation loss.

The top four teams from each group advance to the quarterfinals, where the matchups are determined by seeding. They will cross over between groups for these games: 1A vs. 4B, 1B vs. 4A, 2A vs. 3B and 2B vs. 3A. The teams that advance to the semifinals will be reseeded.

The winners of the semifinals will face off in the gold medal game. The losers will play for bronze.

Russia was removed from the tournament after the IIHF instituted a ban on all Russian and Belarusian national teams from competing in IIHF play after Russia’s invasion into Ukraine. Latvia, who was the Division IA runner-up, was promoted to replace Russia at the tournament. Belarus was the Division IA winner, but was not promoted due to the ban.

No teams will be relegated, so the same 10 countries will compete again in December at the 2023 tournament.

Where is the 2022 World Juniors?

Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Venue: Rogers Place

The 2022 World Junior Championship will take place in Edmonton, Alberta. All games will be played at Rogers Place, home of the Oilers. It is the first time since 1988 that there are not multiple host cities.

In December of last year, when the 2022 tournament originally commenced, it was set for both Edmonton and Red Deer. The games were split between Rogers Place and the Peavey Mart Centrum in Red Deer, home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels.

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the 2022 tournament was scheduled to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden. However, it was changed to Edmonton in September of 2020, due to the restrictions put in place with COVID-19. Instead, Gothenburg was reassigned to the 2024 tournament.

This year marks the fourth time Edmonton will host World Juniors games, having previously hosted in 1995, 2012 and 2021.

World Juniors odds 2022

While the rosters have yet to be finalized, Sports Interaction has the 2022 tournament as a four-horse race.

Canada, Finland, the United States and Sweden are the clear frontrunners to win this year’s tournament, with the Canadiens holding the best odds at +116. All four countries have +400 or higher, while the other six teams are +1386 or lower.

Here are the odds as of now for the 2022 tournament.

Team
Odds
Canada
+116
Finland
+321
USA
+335
Sweden
+378
Czechia
+1386
Slovakia
+2845
Germany
+7880
Switzerland
+7880
Latvia
+50000
Austria
+50000

World Juniors schedule 2022

Tuesday, Aug. 9

Matchup
Time (ET)
TV
Czechia vs. Slovakia
2 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network
Latvia vs. Finland
6 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network
USA vs. Germany
10 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network

Wednesday, Aug. 10

Matchup
Time (ET)
TV
Sweden vs. Switzerland
2 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network
Latvia vs. Canada
6 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network
Germany vs. Austria
10 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network

Thursday, Aug. 11

Matchup
Time (ET)
TV
Finland vs. Czechia
2 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network
Slovakia vs. Canada
6 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network
Switzerland vs. USA
10 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network

Friday, Aug. 12

Matchup
Time (ET)
TV
Austria vs. Sweden
2 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network
Slovakia vs. Latvia
6 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network

Saturday, Aug. 13

Matchup
Time (ET)
TV
Austria vs. USA
2 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network
Canada vs. Czechia
6 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network
Germany vs. Switzerland
10 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network

Sunday, Aug. 14

Matchup
Time (ET)
TV
Finland vs. Slovakia
2 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network
Czechia vs. Latvia
6 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network
USA vs. Sweden
10 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network

Monday, Aug. 15

Matchup
Time (ET)
TV
Switzerland vs. Austria
2 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network
Canada vs. Finland
6 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network
Sweden vs. Germany
10 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network

Wednesday, Aug. 17

Matchup
Time (ET)
TV
Quarterfinal
12 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network
Quarterfinal
3:30 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network
Quarterfinal
7 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network
Quarterfinal
10:30
TSN/NHL Network

Friday, Aug. 19

Matchup
Time (ET)
TV
Semifinal
2 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network
Semifinal
6 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network

Friday, Aug. 19

Matchup
Time (ET)
TV
Bronze Medal Game
2 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network
Gold Medal Game
6 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network

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