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IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship 2021: Time, TV channel, live stream, where, when, schedule

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IIHF U18 Men's World Championship 2021: Time, TV channel, live stream, where, when, schedule

The next generation of hockey’s best and brightest is set to take center stage at the 2021 U18 Men’s World Championship. 

Last year, the 22nd edition of the event was scheduled to take place in April in Plymouth and Ann Arbor, Mich., but was canceled in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2021, the United States is set to host again, with 10 teams traveling to Texas. Team rosters are jam-packed with players whose names could be called in July at the NHL Draft, including top-10 prospects Brandt Clarke and Dylan Guenther from Canada and USA Hockey’s Chaz Lucius, who could go in the top 20.

This will also be a chance for fans to see projected 2022 No. 1 pick Shane Wright and 2023 top prospect Connor Bedard. 

The U18 tournament is expected to be filled with big goals, big saves and even bigger wins. With national pride on the line, the battle for gold will be fierce. Here’s all you need to know about the tournament.

Where is the 2021 U18 Men’s World Championship?

The 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship will be held in Frisco and Plano, Texas, at the Comerica Center and Children’s Health StarCenter, respectively.

This year marks the third time the United States will host U18s. In 2009, the U.S won when the tournament was held in Fargo and Moorhead, N.D. The U.S. also hosted in 2016, also in North Dakota (Fargo); Finland won gold and the United States won bronze that year.

When is the 2021 U18 Men’s World Championship?

The group stage, with two groups of five teams, will span the first six days of the competition and will end May 1. The eight surviving teams will have May 2 off before returning to action for the quarterfinals the following day. The winners of those games will advance to the semifinals two days later. The bronze-medal and gold-medal games will take place on Thursday, May 6.

What channel is the 2021 U18 Men’s World Championship being aired on? 

  • TV channel (U.S.): NHL Network
  • Live stream (U.S.): HockeyTV.com
  • TV channel (Canada): TSN
  • Live stream (Canada): TSN Direct

Every game of the tournament can be seen on HockeyTV.com. In the United States, games that will be shown on NHL Network (playoffs) will not be available to live stream. In Canada, TSN will air every Hockey Canada game and the playoffs, including two of four quarterfinals.

Which teams are in the 2021 U18 Men’s World Championship?

Ten teams, divided into two groups of five, are participating.

Group A Group B
Sweden Russia
Canada United States
Belarus Czech Republic
Latvia Finland
Switzerland Germany

When is Canada vs. USA?

For now, this year’s tournament will not see a Battle of North America. With the two countries in different groups, fingers and toes will have to be crossed that they’ll square off in a do-or-die matchup.

Are fans allowed at the 2021 U18 Men’s World Championship?

Limited tickets were released to the general public for games at Comerica Center in Frisco. Fans will not be permitted at the Children’s Health StarCenter in Plano.

Comerica Center will host all Group B games (including U.S. games), two quarterfinal games, the semifinals and the medal games. Canada and Group A will skate at Children’s Health StarCenter.

Full schedule for the 2021 U18 Men’s World Championship

Participating teams are each guaranteed four group-stage games. Teams that advance to the final day of competition (bronze-medal or gold-medal game) will play seven contests total.

(All times Eastern) 

MONDAY, APRIL 26
Czech Republic vs. Germany 5 p.m.  
Belarus vs. Sweden 5 p.m.  
Russia vs. USA 9 p.m.  
Latvia vs. Switzerland 9 p.m.  
TUESDAY, APRIL 27
Finland vs. Russia 5 p.m.  
Switzerland vs. Belarus 5 p.m.  
Germany vs. USA 9 p.m.  
Sweden vs. Canada 9 p.m. TSN1
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28
Czech Republic vs. Finland 9 p.m.  
Canada vs. Latvia 9 p.m. TSN1/5
THURSDAY, APRIL 29
Germany vs. Russia 5 p.m.  
Sweden vs. Switzerland 5 p.m.  
USA vs. Czech Republic 9 p.m.  
Belarus vs. Latvia 9 p.m.  
FRIDAY, APRIL 30
Finland vs. Germany 9 p.m.  
Switzerland vs. Canada 9 p.m. TSN5
SATURDAY, MAY 1
Russia vs. Czech Republic 5 p.m.  
Latvia vs. Sweden 5 p.m. TSN2
USA vs. Finland 9 p.m.  
Canada vs. Belarus 9 p.m. TSN4
MONDAY, MAY 3
Quarterfinals 1:30 p.m. TSN4
Quarterfinals 4 p.m.  
Quarterfinals 6:30 p.m.  
Quarterfinals 9 p.m. TSN1
WEDNESDAY, MAY 5
Semifinals 5 p.m. TSN1
Semifinals 9 p.m. TSN1
THURSDAY, MAY 6
Bronze medal game 5 p.m. TSN3
Gold medal game 9 p.m. TSN3

Who won the 2020 U18 Men’s World Championship?

The 2020 tournament was canceled because of COVID-19. 

Sweden is the defending champion after beating Russia 4-3 in overtime in 2019. USA Hockey won the bronze, defeating Canada 5-2. A few notable names from that tournament: Jack Hughes, Cole Caufield and Spencer Knight from the U.S., and Alex Newhook and Dylan Cozens from Canada. Yaroslav Askarov was the best goaltender, Philip Broberg was the best defenseman and Caufield was the best forward.

Who has won the U18 Men’s World Championship the last 10 years?

Year Winner Host country
2020 None United States
2019 Sweden Sweden
2018 Finland Russia
2017 United States Slovakia
2016 Finland United States
2015 United States Switzerland
2014 United States Finland
2013 Canada Russia
2012 United States Czech Republic
2011 United States Germany

Which countries have won the most medals at the U18 Men’s World Championship?

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States 10 4 3 17
Finland 4 3 4 11
Russia 3 5 3 11
Canada 3 1 3 7
Sweden 1 5 4 10
Czech Republic 0 1 3 4
Slovakia 0 1 1 2
Switzerland 0 1 0 1

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NFL schedule 2021: When is Tom Brady returning to New England to face the Patriots?

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For the first time in his 21-year NFL career, Tom Brady is going to get a chance to play against the Patriots. Because of the way the NFL’s rotating schedule works, the teams from the NFC South will be playing all four of the teams from the AFC East this year.

That, of course, means that Brady’s Buccaneers will be taking on Bill Belichick and the Patriots during the 2021 campaign. Needless to say, the stakes will be high in that game as both members of the long-time coach/quarterback duo will look to out-duel one another on the field.

By virtue of the 2021 NFL schedule release, we now know when Tampa Bay is traveling to New England for the contest. And luckily, fans won’t have to wait long to see a game that many never thought we’d see.

MORE: Full Buccaneers schedule for the 2021 season

Here’s everything to know about Tom Brady’s return to New England, including the date, time and TV channel for the contest.

When is Tom Brady playing against the Patriots?

  • Date: Sunday, Oct. 3
  • Kickoff Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: NBC

Tom Brady will be returning to New England to play the Patriots in Week 4 of the NFL season. The Oct. 3 game will be shown on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and will be one of the marquee matchups of the season.

It won’t just be Brady’s return to New England either. Tight end Rob Gronkowski also will be in action against his former club for the first time in ’21. That will mark two likely Hall of Famers who are set to suit up against New England for the first time. Belichick will certainly cook up some plays in an effort to slow them down.

It’s unclear who the Patriots will be starting at quarterback by that point in the season, but it seems likely that it will either be Cam Newton or Mac Jones. If it’s Jones, then the first-round rookie will have a chance to endear himself to Patriots fans early if he can beat the team’s former star and earn Belichick and the Patriots some bragging rights.

The Buccaneers will be on the second game of a two-week road trip and will have just taken on the Rams in Los Angeles before this contest. It may not be easy for them to go coast-to-coast for this matchup, especially given how tough an opponent the Rams may be. Meanwhile, the Patriots will be coming off a home game against the Saints, which should be easier for them to bounce back from in the post-Drew Brees era.

No matter what happens in this game, it’s sure to be great. Brady and Belichick are two of the NFL’s ultimate competitors, and this could be the only time they face off as they enter the twilights of their careers. They’ll each be sure to bring their A-games to this matchup of all-time greats.

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Broncos schedule 2021: Dates & times for all 17 games, strength of schedule, final record prediction

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The Broncos, despite finishing 5-11 and falling into last place in the AFC West last season, are giving coach Vic Fangio a chance to redeem himself in 2021. Denver hasn’t made the playoffs since 2015 — the season which ended with the team winning Super Bowl 50.

John Elway hired a GM, George Paton. But the Broncos, much to everyone’s surprise, didn’t go all in trying to replace third-year second-rounder Drew Lock at quarterback, settling to bring Teddy Bridgewater in the mix (for now). While the offense is hoping to perform better with the many talented pieces it already has around the QB, the defense continues its rebuild for Fangio.

Here is a complete breakdown of the Broncos’ 2021 schedule, including dates, start times and analysis.

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Denver Broncos schedule 2021

Week Date Opponent Kickoff time  TV
1 Sept. 12 at Giants 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
2 Sept. 19 at Jaguars 1 p.m. ET CBS
3 Sept. 26 vs. Jets 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
4 Oct. 3 vs. Ravens 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
5 Oct. 10 at Steelers 1 p.m. ET Fox
6 Oct. 17 vs. Raiders 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
7 Oct. 21 at Browns 8:20 p.m. ET Fox/NFLN/Amazon
8 Oct. 31 vs. Washington 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
9 Nov. 7 at Cowboys 1 p.m. ET Fox
10 Nov. 14 vs. Eagles 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
11 BYE
12 Nov. 28 vs. Chargers 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
13 Dec. 5 at Chiefs 1 p.m. ET CBS
14 Dec. 12 vs. Lions 4:05 p.m. ET Fox
15 Dec. 19 vs. Bengals 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
16 Dec. 26 at Raiders 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
17 Jan. 2 at Chargers 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
18 Jan. 9 vs. Chiefs 4:25 p.m. ET CBS

The Broncos looked up to everyone in the division last season. The Chiefs are still daunting and the Chargers have some worthy buzz. Las Vegas provides the slight opening for Denver to get out of the cellar.

Outside of the AFC West six games, the Broncos join those rivals in also playing all of the AFC North and NFC East. The Jaguars and Jets are the extra last-place games in the AFC. The depleted Lions are a helpful simliar reprieve as the 17th opponent, from the NFC North.

MORE: Strength of schedule for all 32 teams in 2021

Broncos strength of schedule

The Broncos, on paper, have the sixth easiest schedule in the NFL, tied with the Dolphins. Denver’s opponents combined to go 127-143-2 last season, or a .471 winning percentage. A lot of that comes from Jacksonville, the two New York teams and Detroit.

Despite that, the Broncos still face returning playoff teams in six of their 17 games.

Toughest tests: The Broncos’ road schedule is brutal with trips to Cleveland and Pittsburgh offsetting a date in Jacksonville. They also have to play in Dallas and go to the Giants.

It’s a little different at home, where the Chiefs, Ravens and Washington represent the Broncos’ three toughest games out of nine total.

Biggest breaks: The Broncos get the “earned” breaks of the Jaguars, Jets and Lions, three teams in simliar situations. There also are the Bengals, Eagles and Raiders coming to Denver.

Bottom line: The Broncos are a mixed bag with offensive limitations and defensive overhauling. Fangio needs to win now after being saved despite his team’s dismal performance in 2020. 

If the QB situation changes dramatically, then it would be OK to consider the Broncos doing a complete 180 into contention. But in the current state, there’s little from Lock’s or Bridgewater’s recent play that inspires.

Record prediction: 6-11

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Giants schedule 2021: Dates & times for all 17 games, strength of schedule, final record prediction

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The Giants are hoping for a breakout third season with quarterback Daniel Jones in 2021. New York finished second in the NFC East at 6-10 under new coach Joe Judge last season, an improvement from 4-12 the previous season.

With better health, led by running back Saquon Barkley, and upgrades in personnel all around, the Giants are more confident that they can jump into first place in Year 2 with Judge. Here is a complete breakdown of the Giants’ 2021 schedule, including dates, start times and analysis for all 17 games.

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New York Giants schedule 2021

Here is the New York Giants’ complete schedule for 2021.

 

Week Date Opponent Kickoff time TV
1 Sept. 12 vs. Broncos 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
2 Sept. 16 at Washington (Thursday) 8:20 p.m. ET NFLN
3 Sept. 26 vs. Falcons 1 p.m. ET Fox
4 Oct. 3 at Saints 1 p.m. ET Fox
5 Oct. 10 at Cowboys 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
6 Oct. 17 vs. Rams 1 p.m. ET Fox
7 Oct. 24 vs. Panthers 1 p.m. ET Fox
8 Nov. 1 at Chiefs (Monday) 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
9 Nov. 7 vs. Raiders 1 p.m. ET CBS
10 Nov. 14 Bye
11 Nov. 22 at Buccaneers (Monday) 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
12 Nov. 28 vs. Eagles 1 p.m. ET Fox
13 Dec. 5 at Dolphins 1 p.m. ET Fox
14 Dec. 12 at Chargers 4:05 p.m. ET Fox
15 Dec. 19 vs. Cowboys 1 p.m. ET Fox
16 Dec. 26 at Eagles 1 p.m. ET Fox
17 Jan. 2 at Bears 1 p.m. ET CBS
18 Jan. 9 vs. Washington 1 p.m. ET Fox

The Giants have an interesting slate beyond their six division games against the Cowboys, Eagles and Washington. The other complete NFC division is the South, while the interconference rotation brings up the AFC West.

As a second-place team, the Giants also get the NFC wild-card Rams and Bears on top of the Super Bowl 55 champion Buccaneers. From the AFC, the Dolphins are the 17th opponent.

MORE: Strength of schedule for all 32 teams in 2021

Giants strength of schedule

The Giants, thanks to their weak division, are tied for the eighth-easiest schedule in the NFL with the Bills and Colts. New York’s 2021 opponents had a combined 2020 record of 128-142-2, a winning percentage of .474.

The two games against Washington lead the contests against returning playoff teams. The Rams, Bears, Chiefs, Saints and Buccaneers make it seven out of 17 games.

Toughest tests: The Giants get the Chiefs, Buccaneers and Saints on the road. The Bears, Chargers and Dolphins round out the nasty non-division away slate. Of the home games, the Rams are easily the toughest foe.

Biggest breaks: The NFC East should be better, but the division still provides their most favorable games. The Falcons, Panthers, Raiders and Broncos are a welcome quartet of contests to soften the blows at home.

Bottom line: Jones has everything around him to be more successful winning games. The Giants’ defense is in the next stage of its rebuild. Should Jones raise his passing and running, New York will have a real chance at an NFC playoff berth, either as East champs or fringe wild card.

Record prediction: 8-9

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