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The 2019 World Junior Championship begins Wednesday, Dec. 26, in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. Games will be played at Rogers Arena in Vancouver and Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.
The action will be broadcasted on NHL Network in the United State and TSN in Canada.
Schedule and results
All times Central
Wednesday, Dec. 26
GROUP A: Czech Republic vs. Switzerland, 3 p.m.
GROUP B: United States vs. Slovakia, 5:30 p.m.
GROUP A: Canada vs. Denmark, 7 p.m.
GROUP B: Finland vs. Sweden, 9:30 p.m.
Canada is the reigning tournament champions after they defeated Sweden, 3-1. It was Canada’s first gold medal since 2015. The Canadians begin their title defense on opening day against Denmark.
The Blackhawks will have six prospects set to play in the tournament: with forwards MacKenzie Entwistle (Canada), Evan Barratt (United States) and Philipp Kurashev (Switzerland) and defensemen Adam Boqvist (Sweden), Jakub Galvas (Czech Republic) and Ian Mitchell (Canada).
Defenseman Henri Jokiharju (Finland) is the lone Blackhawks representative with NHL experience. He has 11 assists in 32 games during his rookie season.
The preliminary round will feature 10 teams split into two groups of five. The top four teams from each group advance to the playoff round, while the teams that finish last in each group play each other in a relegation game.
The playoff round is an eight-team single-elimination bracket concluding with the gold-medal game Jan. 5. The losers of the semifinals will also play that day in the bronze-medal game