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The 2020 World Junior Championships Open Discussion Post

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The 2020 IIHF World Junior Championships are the premier under-20 hockey tournament every year. The international tournament features for New Jersey Devils prospects: Ty Smith, Kevin Bahl, Nikola Pasic, Daniil Misyul, and Akira Schimd. This is an open post to discuss this year’s tourney as it happens.

Canada v Denmark - 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship
Will Smith and Bahl back Canada back to the medal round?
Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images

The 2020 World Junior Championships begin today! This the world’s premier Under-20 hockey tournament. They will run from today through January 5, 2020.

The Host Cities: Ostravar and Trinec, Czech Republic

The Dates: December 26, 2019 through January 5, 2020

The Teams: This is an international tournament for players under the age of 20.

Group A: Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Kazakhstan

Group B: United States, Canada, Russia, Czech Republic, Germany

The Broadcasts: Canada: TSN and their many networks plus their TSN App and TSN Direct. Here is a full schedule.

United States: The NHL Network for most games and definitely all of the United States games. They typically use the TSN feed. Here is the schedule through NHL.com.

The Preview: Here is a preview I wrote yesterday for the whole tourney.

The Devils Involved: There are five. Defensemen Ty Smith and Kevin Bahl for Canada, winger Nikola Pasic for Sweden, defenseman Daniil Misyul for Russia, and goaltender Akira Schmid for Switzerland.

A Song for this Tourney: It is not really about hockey or the youth but it is one of the best Black Sabbath songs. From the outstanding Master of Reality, this is “Children of the Grave.”

This is an Open Post: Discuss all the games, the highlights, the big performances, the Devils prospects (Ty Smith, Kevin Bahl, Nikola Pasic, Daniil Misyul, and/or Akira Schmid), and more. This will be open until January 6.

The Rules: The rules remain the rules even when the game is on and it’s an international tournament featuring some of the best under-20 year old hockey players in the world. Please keep your comments clean, legal (read: no streams, no links to streams, no asking for streams, no streams), and all about the games itself. Just as importantly, let’s respect each other. There’s no need for drama or being unwelcoming of your fellow hockey fan. Thank you for reading. Go Devils prospects and/or nation of your choosing!