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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
L, 5-3
9:30 p.m. (NHLN, fuboTV , TSN)
Dec. 26
Austria
W, 11-0
9:30 p.m. (NHLN, fuboTV , TSN1/4/5)
Dec. 29
Czech Republic
 
2 p.m. (NHLN, fuboTV , TSN)
Dec. 31
Sweden
 
9:30 p.m. (NHLN, fuboTV , TSN)
Jan. 2
Quarterfinals
 
TBD (NHLN, fuboTV , TSN)
Jan. 4
Semifinals
 
TBD (NHLN, fuboTV , TSN)
Jan. 5
Bronze/Gold medal
 
TBD (NHLN, fuboTV , 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.

NHL Network is also streamed on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial .

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. 

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)

World Juniors 2021: Latest news

Tournament

USA

Canada

2021 World Junior Championship standings

GROUP A

Team
Wins
Losses
OTL
Points
1. Canada
2
0
0
6
2. Finland
2
0
0
6
3. Slovakia
1
1
1
4
4. Germany
1
2
0
2
5. Switzerland
0
2
0
0

GROUP B

Team
Wins
Losses
OTL
Points
1. Sweden
2
0
0
6
2. USA
1
1
0
3
3. Russia
1
1
0
3
4. Czech Republic
1
1
0
3
5. Austria
0
2
0
0

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

Full 2021 World Junior Championship schedule

(All times Eastern) 

FRIDAY, DEC. 25
Slovakia 1, Switzerland 0
2 p.m.
TSN, NHLN
Finland 5, Germany 3
6 p.m.
TSN, NHLN
Russia 5, USA 3
9:30 p.m.
TSN, NHLN
SATURDAY, DEC. 26
Sweden 7, Czech Republic 1
2 p.m.
TSN, NHLN
Canada 16, Germany 2
6 p.m.
TSN, NHLN
USA 11, Austria 0
9:30 p.m.
TSN, NHLN
SUNDAY, DEC. 27
Finland 4, Switzerland 1
2 p.m.
TSN, NHLN
Canada 3, Slovakia 1
6 p.m.
TSN, NHLN
Czech Republic 2, Russia 0
9:30 p.m.
TSN, NHLN
MONDAY, DEC. 28
Austria 0, Sweden 4
6 p.m.
TSN, NHLN
Slovakia 3, Germany 4 (OT)
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
United States vs. Sweden
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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