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World Juniors 2021: Team USA scores, schedule, how to watch

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World Juniors 2021: Team USA scores, schedule, how to watch

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

In 2021, the grouping doesn’t get any easier as Team USA will meet Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic and upstart Austria. It’ll be a tough slog to rise to the top for the Americans, who will also be without the services of John Beecher and Thomas Bordeleau after they were released because of a positive test for COVID-19. (Beecher tested positive, although he’s tested negative since, and Bordeleau was his roommate.)

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No longer considered an afterthought, the U.S. is an established power on the world juniors circuit and is expected to be a medal contender. The Americans are owners of 12 medals (four gold, two silver and six bronze), and head coach Nate Leaman built a highly skilled squad that should see another shiny medal come Jan. 5. 

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

Team USA’s schedule and results at World Juniors

The format for the 2021 World Junior Championship consists of two groups of five teams playing a preliminary round-robin to determine seeding followed by a single-elimination tournament. The United States drew Group B, which also includes Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Austria. 

Date Opponent Result TV info
Dec. 25 Russia   9:30 p.m. (NHLN, TSN)
Dec. 26 Austria   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)
Jan. 2 Quarterfinals   TBD (NHLN, TSN)
Jan. 4 Semifinals   TBD (NHLN, TSN)
Jan. 5 Bronze/Gold medal   TBD (NHLN, TSN)

(All times Eastern)

How to watch USA games live online

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

Team USA’s 2021 World Juniors roster

Ten players return from last year’s squad, including netminders Spencer Knight and Dustin Wolf, who provide one of the best 1-2 combos at 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 heavily relied on. 

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

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No. Name Position Hometown Club team NHL Draft
9 Trevor Zegras Forward Bedford, N.Y. Signed NHL contract ANA (2019)
10 Matthew Beniers Forward Hingham, Mass. Michigan (Big Ten) 2021 Draft
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, Ill. Signed NHL contract LAK (2019)
18 Brendan Brisson Forward Manhattan Beach, Calif. Michigan (Big Ten) VGK (2020)
19 Patrick Moynihan Forward Millis, Mass. Providence (HE) NJD (2019)
21 Brett Berard Forward East Greenwich, R.I. Providence (HE) NYR (2020)
22 Sam Colangelo Forward Stoneham, Mass. Northeastern (HE) ANA (2020)
24 Bobby Brink Forward Minnetonka, Minn. Denver (NCHC) PHI (2019)
25 John Farinacci Forward Red Bank, N.J. Muskegon (USHL) ARI (2019)
26 Landon Slaggert Forward South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame (Big Ten) CHI (2020)
28 Arthur Kaliyev Forward Staten Island, N.Y. Hamilton (OHL) LAK (2019)
2 Drew Helleson Defense Farmington, Minn. Boston College (HE) COL (2019)
3 Henry Thrun Defense Southborough, Mass. Dubuque (USHL) ANA (2019)
4 Cam York Defense Anaheim, Calif. Michigan (Big Ten) PHI (2019)
5 Jackson LaCombe Defense Eden Prairie, Minn. Minnesota (Big Ten) ANA (2019)
7 Tyler Kleven Defense Fargo, N.D. 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 Hunter Skinner Defense Pinckney, Mich. London (OHL) NYR (2019)
23 Ryan Johnson Defense Irvine, Calif. Minnesota (Big Ten) BUF (2019)
29 Logan Stein Goaltender Suwanee, Ga. Ferris State (WCHA) 2021 Draft
30 Spencer Knight Goaltender Darien, Conn. Boston College (HE) FLA (2019)
32 Dustin Wolf Goaltender Gilroy, Calif. Everett (WHL) CGY (2019)

2021 World Junior Championship standings

GROUP A

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

GROUP B

Team Wins Losses OTL Points
1. Russia 0 0 0 0
2. Sweden 0 0 0 0
3. USA 0 0 0 0
4. Czech Republic 0 0 0 0
5. Austria 0 0 0 0

Wins in regulation = 3 points
Overtime win = 2 points
Overtime loss = 1 point

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Full 2021 World Junior Championship schedule

(All times Eastern) 

FRIDAY, DEC. 25
Switzerland vs. Slovakia 2 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Germany vs. Finland 6 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Russia vs. USA 9:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
SATURDAY, DEC. 26
Sweden vs. Czech Republic 2 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Germany vs. Canada 6 p.m. TSN, NHLN
USA vs. Austria 9:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
SUNDAY, DEC. 27
Finland vs. Switzerland 2 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Slovakia vs. Canada 6 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Czech Republic vs. Russia 9:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
MONDAY, DEC. 28
Austria vs. Sweden 6 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Slovakia vs. Germany 9:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
TUESDAY, DEC. 29
USA vs. Czech Republic 2 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Canada vs. Switzerland 6 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Austria vs. Russia 9:30 p.m. TSN
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30
Finland vs. Slovakia 2 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Switzerland vs. Germany 6 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Russia vs. Sweden 9:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
THURSDAY, DEC. 31
Czech Republic vs. Austria 2 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Canada vs. Finland 6 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Sweden vs. United States 9:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
SATURDAY, JAN. 2
Quarterfinal 12 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Quarterfinal 3:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Quarterfinal 7 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Quarterfinal 10:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
MONDAY, JAN. 4
Semifinal 6 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Semifinal 9:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
TUESDAY, JAN. 5
Bronze-medal game 5:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Gold-medal game 9:30 p.m. TSN, NHLN

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