IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship 2021: Time, TV channel, live stream, where, when, schedule. Check all channels to watch IIHF World U18 Championship 2021 below. 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.
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.
Racing in the remarkable held in Auckland, New Zealand will begin on the 5th of March 2021 with IIHF World U18 Championship. The IIHF World U18 Championship and the Challenger Selection Series will begin on the 15th of January 2021. The participant who wins the IIHF World U18 Championship will face the Defending Emirates Team in New Zealand, in the Super Rugby match which starts on the 6th of March 2021.
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
Canada United States
Belarus Czech Republic
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
It may be Texas, but the ice is set for the return of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Under-18 World Championship. In the cities of Plano and Frisco, 10 nations will compete for the world title, beginning Monday, April 26, 2021. Over 10 days, 28 games will be played, including the preliminaries and the championship game. At the end, on Thursday, May 6th, one nation will finish with the gold.
Teams Playing in the IIHF U18 World Championship
Every year, the IIHF usually holds seven separate under-18 tournaments under the umbrella of the World Championship. In total, there are three divisions, each with a “Group A” and a “Group B”, which are all below the level of this week’s event. However, all of the other championships were canceled for this year in a decision last fall by the Federation.
The nations playing in the IIHF U18 World Championship in 2021 in Texas are Sweden, Russia, Canada, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Finland, Latvia, Switzerland, Germany, and the United States. For more analysis on each team, click here.
The countries have been divided into two groups for pairing purposes, based on their standings from the last U18 Worlds. Group A consists of the Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, Finland and the United States. Group B has Latvia, Belarus, Canada, Switzerland and Sweden.
Who Won the Last IIHF U18 Championship
So much was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the IIHF U18 Championship was no exception. That means that this year, the defending champion is Sweden, who beat Russia in the finals in 2019. The United States finished with the bronze medal that year, after defeating Canada in the third-place game for the last spot on the podium. That year marked the first gold medal for Sweden in the history of the tournament and an unprecedented 16th consecutive time that the US medaled.
Where in Texas Will the Games Be Played
The state of Texas is a big one, but though the IIHF U18 World Championships will be played in two different cities, they’re less than 10 minutes apart. This year’s venues for the U18 Worlds are the Comerica Center in Frisco and the Children’s Health StarCenter Ice Rink in Plano. The former will host Group B, and the latter will host Group A.
Has the United States Ever Won Gold
In 21 years of participation at the IIHF U18 World Championship, the United States has won the gold 10 times. The time the team won gold was in 2017. If you think you recall one more recently for the U.S., you may be thinking of the Junior Team. In January, the United States’ National Junior Team won their fifth gold medal at the IIHF World Championship. The gold medal is the team’s fifth in six years.