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Sports Why is the World Juniors being played in August? Details on the postponed tournament's new dates

13:02  08 august  2022
13:02  08 august  2022 Source:   sportingnews.com

When is the World Juniors 2022? Date, times and schedules for postponed tournament

  When is the World Juniors 2022? Date, times and schedules for postponed tournament When is the World Juniors 2022? Date, times and schedules for postponed tournamentThe annual tournament is typically played right after Christmas, however, the tournament was canceled partway through competition in December of 2021 due to COVID-19. Instead of skipping over the tournament in its entirety, the IIHF elected to restart the World Juniors in August.

When you think of the World Juniors, you typically think of the holiday season, getting to watch the best teenagers in the hockey world with a cup of hot cocoa.

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Well, switch out that cup of hot chocolate for something much cooler, as the 2022 World Juniors are taking place in the summer.

The tournament was originally slated to be played during its typical late December/early January time slot. However, the games were canceled shortly after beginning, resulting in the new dates.

The format remains the same as it would if it took place in the winter, with 10 teams competing for the chance at winning a medal. The teams are also the same as the original tournament, minus Russia, which has since been banned from IIHF competition and will be replaced by Latvia.

World Juniors schedule 2022: Full dates, times, TV channels, live streams to watch every hockey game

  World Juniors schedule 2022: Full dates, times, TV channels, live streams to watch every hockey game World Juniors schedule 2022: Full dates, times, TV channels, live streams to watch every hockey gameThe 10-team tournament will start fresh, with some new rosters, new teams and a completely new schedule. Results from the winter will not carry over into summer, so you can flush everything from December away.

So forget everything from December: The World Juniors have a fresh start here in August, with the action kicking off on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

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Here is more information on why the World Juniors are happening in August.

Why are the World Juniors taking place in August?

The IIHF knew COVID-19 could create an issue during the planned tournament in December for the 2022 World Juniors, but it evidently did not prepare enough.

Just three days into the tournament, the IIHF was forced to cancel the rest of the tournament as multiple teams came up with positive COVID tests. The first two days of competition went smoothly, but Team USA was forced to postpone its match against Sweden on Day 3 thanks to a positive test.

What TV channel is Canada vs. Latvia on today? Schedule, time for 2022 World Juniors game

  What TV channel is Canada vs. Latvia on today? Schedule, time for 2022 World Juniors game What TV channel is Canada vs. Latvia on today? Schedule, time for 2022 World Juniors gameCanada comes in with revenge on their mind. They lost in the gold medal game to the USA in 2021, missing out on what would have been the country's 19th gold medal in World Juniors history.

By Day 4, both Czechia and Russia had players test positive, resulting in forfeits. The IIHF discussed the potential for changing COVID protocols on the fly, but eventually decided to cancel the rest of the tournament. In total, only five games were played.

"Together with the teams, we came into this event with full confidence in the COVID-19 protocols put in place by the IIHF, the LOC, Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services and the Public Health Agency of Canada,” IIHF President Luc Tardif said in a statement. "The ongoing spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant forced us to readjust our protocols almost immediately upon arrival to attempt to stay ahead of any potential spread. This included daily testing and the team quarantine requirement when positive cases were confirmed.

"We owed it to the participating teams to do our best to create the conditions necessary for this event to work. Unfortunately, this was not enough. We now have to take some time and focus on getting all players and team staff back home safely."

Canada vs. Slovakia: Live score, highlights, updates from 2022 World Juniors

  Canada vs. Slovakia: Live score, highlights, updates from 2022 World Juniors Canada vs. Slovakia: Live score, highlights, updates from 2022 World JuniorsCanada began group play in Edmonton with a 5-2 win over Latvia on Wednesday night. Five different players scored goals, while Connor Bedard, Mason McTavish, William Dufour and Ridly Greig also recording two points each. Sebastian Cossa got the win in net.

In the days after the cancellation, Tardif expressed interest in rescheduling the tournament for the summer. By March, the organization announced that the tournament would take place again, with a fresh start, in August 2022.

When do the World Juniors normally take place?

The World Juniors has become synonymous with the holiday season. The annual tournament typically has started either on Christmas Day or on Dec. 26.

The original start date of the 2022 tournament was Dec. 26 and was scheduled to run until Jan. 5.

When are the 2022 World Juniors?

  • Start date: Tuesday, Aug. 9
  • End date: Saturday, Aug. 20

After the tournament was canceled in December 2021, the IIHF will try again for the 2022 edition in August. It will start on Aug. 9 and run for 12 days to Aug. 20.

The group stage starts on Aug. 9 and will take place over the first seven days of the competition. The quarterfinals will all be on Aug. 17, the semifinals on Aug. 19 and the tournament will conclude with the bronze and gold medal games on Aug. 20.

How to watch World Juniors hockey games on TV, live stream

  • ​TV channel (Canada): TSN
  • Live stream (Canada): TSN.ca, TSN app
  • TV channel (U.S.): NHL Network
  • Live stream (U.S.): fuboTV

TSN and the NHL Network will once again be home to all of the action for the 2022 World Juniors.

USA vs. Austria: Live score, highlights, updates from 2022 World Juniors

  USA vs. Austria: Live score, highlights, updates from 2022 World Juniors USA vs. Austria: Live score, highlights, updates from 2022 World JuniorsThe Americans are coming off a 7-1 drubbing of Switzerland on Thursday. While Switzerland made the first very competitive, their legs wore off by the second, and USA potted five goals in the middle frame to help them get the win.

The American audience can view the games live on TV on the NHL Network or stream them though fuboTV.

Canadian viewers can watch the competition on TSN or stream the games through TSN.ca or in the TSN app.

Where is the 2022 World Juniors?

  • Location: Edmonton, Alberta
  • Venue: Rogers Place

The 2022 World Junior Championship will take place in Edmonton, Alberta. All games will be played at Rogers Place, home of the Oilers. It is the first time since 1988 that there are not multiple host cities.

In December of last year, when the 2022 tournament originally commenced, it was set for both Edmonton and Red Deer. The games were split between Rogers Place and the Peavey Mart Centrum in Red Deer, home of the WHL's Red Deer Rebels.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the 2022 tournament was scheduled to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden. However, it was changed to Edmonton in September 2020 because of the restrictions put in place with COVID-19. Instead, Gothenburg was reassigned to the 2024 tournament.

This year marks the fourth time Edmonton will host World Juniors games, having previously hosted in 1995, 2012 and 2021.

World Juniors schedule 2022

Tuesday, Aug. 9

Matchup Time (ET) TV
Czechia vs. Slovakia 2 p.m. TSN/NHL Network
Latvia vs. Finland 6 p.m. TSN/NHL Network
USA vs. Germany 10 p.m. TSN/NHL Network

Wednesday, Aug. 10

Matchup Time (ET) TV
Sweden vs. Switzerland 2 p.m. TSN/NHL Network
Latvia vs. Canada 6 p.m. TSN/NHL Network
Germany vs. Austria 10 p.m. TSN/NHL Network

Thursday, Aug. 11

Matchup Time (ET) TV
Finland vs. Czechia 2 p.m. TSN/NHL Network
Slovakia vs. Canada 6 p.m. TSN/NHL Network
Switzerland vs. USA 10 p.m. TSN/NHL Network

Friday, Aug. 12

Matchup Time (ET) TV
Austria vs. Sweden 2 p.m. TSN/NHL Network
Slovakia vs. Latvia 6 p.m. TSN/NHL Network

Saturday, Aug. 13

Matchup Time (ET) TV
Austria vs. USA 2 p.m. TSN/NHL Network
Canada vs. Czechia 6 p.m. TSN/NHL Network
Germany vs. Switzerland 10 p.m. TSN/NHL Network

Sunday, Aug. 14

Matchup Time (ET) TV
Finland vs. Slovakia 2 p.m. TSN/NHL Network
Czechia vs. Latvia 6 p.m. TSN/NHL Network
USA vs. Sweden 10 p.m. TSN/NHL Network

Monday, Aug. 15

Matchup Time (ET) TV
Switzerland vs. Austria 2 p.m. TSN/NHL Network
Canada vs. Finland 6 p.m. TSN/NHL Network
Sweden vs. Germany 10 p.m. TSN/NHL Network

Wednesday, Aug. 17

Matchup Time (ET) TV
Quarterfinal 12 p.m. TSN/NHL Network
Quarterfinal 3:30 p.m. TSN/NHL Network
Quarterfinal 7 p.m. TSN/NHL Network
Quarterfinal 10:30 TSN/NHL Network

Friday, Aug. 19

Matchup Time (ET) TV
Semifinal 2 p.m. TSN/NHL Network
Semifinal 6 p.m. TSN/NHL Network

Saturday, Aug. 20

Matchup Time (ET) TV
Bronze Medal Game 2 p.m. TSN/NHL Network
Gold Medal Game 6 p.m. TSN/NHL Network

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