2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship

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2015 IIHF World Junior Championship
2015 WJHC logo.png
Tournament details
Host country Canada
DatesDecember 26, 2014 –
January 5, 2015
Teams10
Venue(s)Air Canada Centre, Toronto
Bell Centre, Montreal (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Canada (16th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Russia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Slovakia
Fourth place Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played30
Goals scored176 (5.87 per match)
Attendance366,370 (12,212 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Canada Sam Reinhart
(11 points)
MVPSlovakia Denis Godla
Websitehttp://www.worldjunior2015.com
2014
2016
 
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2015 IIHF World Junior Championship
2015 WJHC logo.png
Tournament details
Host country Canada
DatesDecember 26, 2014 –
January 5, 2015
Teams10
Venue(s)Air Canada Centre, Toronto
Bell Centre, Montreal (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Canada (16th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Russia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Slovakia
Fourth place Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played30
Goals scored176 (5.87 per match)
Attendance366,370 (12,212 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Canada Sam Reinhart
(11 points)
MVPSlovakia Denis Godla
Websitehttp://www.worldjunior2015.com
2014
2016

The 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship was the 39th edition of World Junior Ice Hockey Championship, played from December 26, 2014 to January 5, 2015. It was co-hosted by Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec, Canada,[1] and organized by Hockey Canada, Hockey Quebec, the Ontario Hockey Federation, the Montreal Canadiens, Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment and Evenko.[2] Games were split between Air Canada Centre in Toronto and Bell Centre in Montreal, with Montreal hosting Group A matches and two quarter finals, and Toronto hosting Group B, along with the relegation games, two quarter finals, along with the semi-finals, bronze medal, and gold medal games.[3][4]

After failing to medal at the previous two editions of the tournament, Canada beat Russia in the final to win the gold medal, marking Canada's first medal at the World Juniors since 2012, and Canada's first gold since 2009. Slovakia defeated Sweden in the bronze medal game to win their second-ever medal. Germany finished tenth overall and was relegated to Division IA for the 2016 tournament. Slovak goaltender Denis Godla was named the tournament's most valuable player, while Sam Reinhart of Canada was the scoring leader with 11 points.

Player eligibility[edit]

A player is eligible to play in the 2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships if:[5]

If a player who has never played in IIHF-organized competition wishes to switch national eligibility, he must have played in competitions for two consecutive years in the new country without playing in another country, as well as show his move to the new country's national association with an international transfer card. In case the player has previously played in IIHF-organized competition but wishes to switch national eligibility, he must have played in competitions for four consecutive years in the new country without playing in another country, he must show his move to the new country's national association with an international transfer card, as well as be a citizen of the new country. A player may only switch national eligibility once.[6]

Top Division[edit]

Venues[edit]

Air Canada Centre
Capacity: 19,746
Bell Centre
Capacity: 21,287
ACC on Bay St and CN Tower.JPGCentreBell.jpg
 CanadaToronto CanadaMontreal

Officials[edit]

The IIHF selected 12 referees and 10 linesmen to officiate during the tournament:[7]

Format[edit]

The four best ranked teams from each group of the preliminary round advance to the quarterfinals, while the last placed teams from each group played a relegation round in a best of three format to determine the relegated team.[8]

Rosters[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

All times are local. (Eastern Standard TimeUTC-5)

Team qualified to Quarterfinals
Team will play in Relegation round

Group A[edit]

TeamGP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Canada44000214+1712
 United States42101146+88
 Slovakia42002714−76
 Finland4101258−34
 Germany40004217−150
December 26, 2014
15:00
Finland 1–2 GWS
(1–1, 0–0, 0–0)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 1–2)
 United StatesBell Centre
Attendance: 8,006
December 26, 2014
20:00
Canada 8–0
(3–0, 4–0, 1–0)
 SlovakiaBell Centre
Attendance: 14,142
December 27, 2014
16:00
Slovakia 2–1
(1–1, 1–0, 0–0)
 FinlandBell Centre
Attendance: 6,007
December 27, 2014
20:00
Germany 0–4
(0–2, 0–0, 0–2)
 CanadaBell Centre
Attendance: 12,733
December 28, 2014
20:00
United States 6–0
(2–0, 2–0, 2–0)
 GermanyBell Centre
Attendance: 7,000
December 29, 2014
16:00
United States 3–0
(0–0, 1–0, 2–0)
 SlovakiaBell Centre
Attendance: 8,798
December 29, 2014
20:00
Finland 1–4
(0–1, 1–1, 0–2)
 CanadaBell Centre
Attendance: 15,718
December 30, 2014
20:00
Slovakia 5–2
(3–1, 0–0, 2–1)
 GermanyBell Centre
Attendance: 5,568
December 31, 2014
16:00
Canada 5–3
(0–0, 2–1, 3–2)
 United StatesBell Centre
Attendance: 18,295
December 31, 2014
20:00
Germany 0–2
(0–1, 0–1, 0–0)
 FinlandBell Centre
Attendance: 3,991

Group B[edit]

TeamGP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Sweden44000186+1212
 Czech Republic411021214−25
 Russia41102139+45
 Denmark401211015−54
 Switzerland41012918−94
December 26, 2014
13:00
Russia 3–2 GWS
(0–2, 1–0, 1–0)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 2–0)
 DenmarkAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 12,412
December 26, 2014
17:00
Sweden 5–2
(2–0, 1–2, 2–0)
 Czech RepublicAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 13,077
December 27, 2014
13:00
Denmark 1–5
(0–3, 1–2, 0–0)
 SwedenAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 13,018
December 27, 2014
17:00
Czech Republic 2–5
(2–2, 0–3, 0–0)
 SwitzerlandAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 12,926
December 28, 2014
17:00
Switzerland 0–7
(0–3, 0–2, 0–2)
 RussiaAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 15,125
December 29, 2014
13:00
Czech Republic 4–3 OT
(1–1, 1–1, 1–1)
(OT 1–0)
 DenmarkAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 12,038
December 29, 2014
17:00
Sweden 3–2
(1–0, 0–1, 2–1)
 RussiaAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 16,710
December 30, 2014
17:00
Switzerland 3–4 GWS
(2–1, 1–2, 0–0)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 1–2)
 DenmarkAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 13,263
December 31, 2014
13:00
Switzerland 1–5
(1–1, 0–4, 0–0)
 SwedenAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 13,857
December 31, 2014
17:00
Russia 1–4
(0–1, 1–1, 0–2)
 Czech RepublicAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 12,566

Relegation round[edit]

January 2, 2015
11:00
Switzerland 5–2
(1–0, 3–1, 1–1)
 GermanyAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 7,409
January 3, 2015
19:00
Germany 2–5
(1–2, 1–1, 0–2)
 SwitzerlandAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 8,392

Playoff round[edit]

 Quarterfinal          
 1A  Canada8 
 4B  Denmark0 Semifinal
   1A  Canada5 
 Quarterfinal 3A  Slovakia1 
 2B  Czech Republic0
 3A  Slovakia3    Final
       1A  Canada5
 Quarterfinal      3B  Russia4
 1B  Sweden6   
 4A  Finland3 Semifinal Bronze medal game
   1B  Sweden1 1B  Sweden2
 Quarterfinal 3B  Russia4  3A  Slovakia4
 2A  United States2
 3B  Russia3 

Quarterfinals[edit]

January 2, 2015
13:00
United States 2–3
(0–2, 1–0, 1–1)
 RussiaBell Centre
Attendance: 8,694
January 2, 2015
15:00
Sweden 6–3
(0–0, 3–3, 3–0)
 FinlandAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 14,440
January 2, 2015
17:00
Czech Republic 0–3
(0–1, 0–0, 0–2)
 SlovakiaBell Centre
Attendance: 7,696
January 2, 2015
20:00
Canada 8–0
(2–0, 3–0, 3–0)
 DenmarkAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 18,448

Semifinals[edit]

January 4, 2015
16:00
Sweden 1–4
(0–0, 0–2, 1–2)
 RussiaAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 15,400
January 4, 2015
20:00
Canada 5–1
(1–0, 2–1, 2–0)
 SlovakiaAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 18,002

Bronze medal game[edit]

January 5, 2015
16:00
Sweden 2–4
(2–2, 0–0, 0–2)
 SlovakiaAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 13,625

Final[edit]

January 5, 2015
20:00
Canada 5–4
(2–1, 3–3, 0–0)
 RussiaAir Canada Centre
Attendance: 19,014

Statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

PosPlayerCountryGPGAPts+/−PIM
1Sam Reinhart Canada75611+136
2Nicolas Petan Canada74711+40
3Connor McDavid Canada73811+80
4Max Domi Canada75510+104
5William Nylander Sweden73710–20
6Curtis Lazar Canada7549+80
7Oskar Lindblom Sweden7459–10
7Martin Reway Slovakia7459–12
9Adrian Kempe Sweden644802
10Anthony Duclair Canada7448+1116

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalties In Minutes

Source: IIHF.com

Goaltending leaders[edit]

(minimum 40% team's total ice time)

PosPlayerCountryTOIGAGAASv%SO
1Zachary Fucale Canada300:0061.2093.942
2Igor Shestyorkin Russia242:1381.9893.801
3Thatcher Demko United States241:4271.7493.751
4Denis Godla Slovakia391:35182.7692.561
5Ville Husso Finland183:1272.2992.311

TOI = Time On Ice (minutes:seconds); GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts

Source: IIHF.com

Tournament awards[edit]

Reference: [1] Most Valuable Player

All-star team

IIHF best player awards

Final standings[edit]

Note that due to the lack of playoff games for determining the spots 5–8, these spots were determined by the preliminary round records for each team.

Division I[edit]

Division I A[edit]

The Division I A tournament was played in Asiago, Italy, from 14 to 20 December 2014.[9]

TeamGP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Belarus54100229+1314
 Norway522011611+510
 Latvia520121511+47
 Italy511031622−65
 Austria510222127−65
 Slovenia510131727−104
Promoted to the 2016 Top DivisionRelegated to the 2016 Division I B

Division I B[edit]

The Division I B tournament was played in Dunaújváros, Hungary, from 14 to 20 December 2014.[10]

TeamGP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Kazakhstan55000239+1415
 Ukraine521021011−18
 Poland520121315−27
 France520121113−27
 Japan511031517−25
 Hungary50113916−73
Promoted to the 2016 Division I ARelegated to the 2016 Division II A

Division II[edit]

Division II A[edit]

The Division II A tournament was played in Tallinn, Estonia, from 7 to 13 December 2014.[11]

TeamGP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Great Britain541002213+914
 Lithuania521112419+59
 South Korea52111181809
 Netherlands511031816+25
 Estonia510131222−104
 Romania510131824−64
Promoted to the 2016 Division I BRelegated to the 2016 Division II B

Division II B[edit]

The Division II B tournament was played in Jaca, Spain, from 13 to 19 December 2014.[12]

TeamGP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Croatia55000229+1315
 Spain540012710+1712
 Australia52012151507
 Belgium511121517−26
 Serbia51103919−105
 Iceland500051129−180
Promoted to the 2016 Division II ARelegated to the 2016 Division III

Division III[edit]

The Division III tournament was played in Dunedin, New Zealand, from 20 to 25 January 2015.[13]

On December 27, 2014 organizers announced that the Bulgarian Ice Hockey Federation withdrew their U20 team from the tournament.[14]

TeamGP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 China44000293+2612
 New Zealand420111311+27
 Mexico41102810−25
 South Africa41003422−183
 Turkey41003715−83
Promoted to the 2016 Division II B

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canada to host more tourneys". International Ice Hockey Federation. May 9, 2010. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Heading to hockey’s meccas", IIHF.com. June 20, 2013
  3. ^ "Montreal and Toronto to host 2015, 2017 world junior championships", Canadian Press, June 20, 2013
  4. ^ The Gazette (Montreal), "World Junior Championship is coming to town", Brenda Branswell, June 20, 2013
  5. ^ "IIHF statutes and bylaws". IIHF. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  6. ^ "IIHF Eligibility". IIHF. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  7. ^ "Officials Known". IIHF.com. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "New format for U18, U20 Worlds". IIHF.com. 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  9. ^ Division I A statistics
  10. ^ Division I B statistics
  11. ^ Division II A statistics
  12. ^ Division II B statistics
  13. ^ Division III statistics
  14. ^ Bulgaria withdraws

External links[edit]