2016 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship was the 40th World Junior Ice Hockey Championship. It was hosted in Helsinki, Finland.[1] It began on December 26, 2015, and ended with the gold medal game on January 5, 2016. This marked the sixth time that Finland has hosted the WJC, and the hosts defeated Russia 4–3 in overtime to win their fourth title in history and second in the last three years. Belarus was relegated to Division I-A for 2017 by merit of their tenth-place finish, while Finnish right winger Jesse Puljujärvi earned MVP and top scorer honors.

2016 IIHF World U20 Championships
Tournament details
Host country Finland
DatesDecember 26, 2015 – January 5, 2016
Teams10
Venue(s)Hartwall Arena and Helsinki Ice Hall (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Finland (4th title)
Runner-up  Russia
Third place  United States
Fourth place Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played30
Goals scored193 (6.43 per match)
Attendance215,226 (7,174 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Jesse Puljujärvi
(17 points)
MVP Jesse Puljujärvi
Website2016 World Junior
2015
2017

Player eligibility

A player is eligible to play in the 2016 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships if:[2]

  • the player is of male gender;
  • the player was born at the earliest in 1996, and at the latest, in 2001;
  • the player is a citizen in the country he represents;
  • the player is under the jurisdiction of a national association that is a member of the IIHF.

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.[3]

Top Division

Venues

Helsinki Helsinki
Hartwall Arena
Capacity: 13,349
Helsinki Ice Hall
Capacity: 8,200

Officials

The IIHF selected 12 referees and 10 linesmen to officiate during the tournament:[4]

Rosters

Format

The four best ranked teams from each group of the preliminary round advance to the quarterfinals, while the last placed team from both groups play a relegation round in a best of three format to determine the relegated team.[5]

Preliminary round

All times are local. (Eastern European TimeUTC+2)

Team qualified to Quarterfinals
Team will play in Relegation round

Group A

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 4 4 0 0 0 19 5 +14 12 Advance to Quarterfinals
2  United States 4 3 0 0 1 18 5 +13 9
3  Canada 4 1 1 0 2 13 12 +1 5
4  Denmark 4 1 0 0 3 4 16 12 3
5   Switzerland 4 0 0 1 3 7 23 16 1 Advance to Relegation
Source: IIHF
December 26, 2015
16:00
Switzerland  3–8
(1–3, 1–3, 1–2)
 SwedenHelsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 5,600
December 26, 2015
20:00
United States 4–2
(0–0, 1–1, 3–1)
 CanadaHelsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 6,112
December 27, 2015
20:00
Denmark 2–1
(0–1, 0–0, 2–0)
  SwitzerlandHelsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 1,596
December 28, 2015
16:00
Sweden 1–0
(0–0, 1–0, 0–0)
 United StatesHelsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 5,415
December 28, 2015
20:00
Canada 6–1
(1–1, 4–0, 1–0)
 DenmarkHelsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 5,891
December 29, 2015
20:00
Switzerland  2–3 GWS
(2–1, 0–1, 0–0)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 0–1)
 CanadaHelsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 3,522
December 30, 2015
16:00
Sweden 5–0
(2–0, 1–0, 2–0)
 DenmarkHelsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 4,193
December 30, 2015
20:00
United States 10–1
(6–0, 4–1, 0–0)
  SwitzerlandHelsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 3,701
December 31, 2015
16:00
Denmark 1–4
(1–1, 0–1, 0–2)
 United StatesHelsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 5,128
December 31, 2015
20:00
Canada 2–5
(1–2, 0–1, 1–2)
 SwedenHelsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 7,003

Group B

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Russia 4 3 1 0 0 14 7 +7 11 Advance to Quarterfinals
2  Finland (H) 4 3 0 0 1 23 13 +10 9
3  Czech Republic 4 2 0 1 1 12 10 +2 7
4  Slovakia 4 1 0 0 3 8 14 6 3
5  Belarus 4 0 0 0 4 6 19 13 0 Advance to Relegation
Source: IIHF
(H) Host.
December 26, 2015
14:00
Czech Republic 1–2 GWS
(0–0, 1–0, 0–1)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 0–1)
 RussiaHartwall Arena
Attendance: 10,106
December 26, 2015
18:00
Finland 6–0
(0–0, 1–0, 5–0)
 BelarusHartwall Arena
Attendance: 12,222
December 27, 2015
16:00
Belarus 2–4
(1–1, 1–1, 0–2)
 SlovakiaHartwall Arena
Attendance: 1,472
December 28, 2015
14:00
Slovakia 0–2
(0–0, 0–1, 0–1)
 Czech RepublicHartwall Arena
Attendance: 8,998
December 28, 2015
18:00
Russia 6–4
(1–2, 4–1, 1–1)
 FinlandHartwall Arena
Attendance: 12,526
December 29, 2015
16:00
Belarus 1–4
(0–3, 0–0, 1–1)
 RussiaHartwall Arena
Attendance: 2,342
December 30, 2015
14:00
Czech Republic 5–3
(1–0, 1–3, 3–0)
 BelarusHartwall Arena
Attendance: 8,456
December 30, 2015
18:00
Slovakia 3–8
(2–1, 0–2, 1–5)
 FinlandHartwall Arena
Attendance: 12,723
December 31, 2015
14:00
Russia 2–1
(1–0, 1–1, 0–0)
 SlovakiaHartwall Arena
Attendance: 6,497
December 31, 2015
18:00
Finland 5–4
(0–0, 3–3, 2–1)
 Czech RepublicHartwall Arena
Attendance: 12,198

Relegation

January 2, 2016
12:00
Switzerland  5–1
(1–1, 2–0, 2–0)
 BelarusHelsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 453
January 3, 2016
12:00
Belarus 2–6
(2–3, 0–3, 0–0)
  SwitzerlandHelsinki Ice Hall
Attendance: 748

Playoff round

  Quarterfinals Semifinals
                           
  1A  Sweden 6  
4B  Slovakia 0  
  1A  Sweden 1  
  2B  Finland 2  
2B  Finland 6 Final
  3A  Canada 5  
    2B  Finland 4
  1B  Russia 3
  1B  Russia 4  
4A  Denmark 3  
  1B  Russia 2 Bronze medal game
  2A  United States 1  
2A  United States 7 1A  Sweden 3
  3B  Czech Republic 0   2A  United States 8

Quarterfinals

2 January 2016
14:00
Russia 4–3 OT
(1–0, 0–2, 2–1)
(OT 1–0)
 DenmarkHartwall Arena, Helsinki
Attendance: 8,869
2 January 2016
16:00
Sweden 6–0
(2–0, 1–0, 3–0)
 SlovakiaHelsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki
Attendance: 3,796
2 January 2016
18:00
Finland 6–5
(1–2, 3–1, 2–2)
 CanadaHartwall Arena, Helsinki
Attendance: 13,016
2 January 2016
20:00
United States 7–0
(2–0, 3–0, 2–0)
 Czech RepublicHelsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki
Attendance: 3,113

Semifinals

4 January 2016
16:00
Sweden 1–2
(1–0, 0–2, 0–0)
 FinlandHartwall Arena, Helsinki
Attendance: 13,340
4 January 2016
20:00
Russia 2–1
(0–1, 2–0, 0–0)
 United StatesHartwall Arena, Helsinki
Attendance: 11,812

Bronze medal game

5 January 2016
16:00
Sweden 3–8
(2–2, 0–4, 1–2)
 United States Hartwall Arena, Helsinki
Attendance: 10,889

Final

5 January 2016
20:30
Russia 3–4 OT
(1–0, 0–0, 2–3)
(OT 0–1)
 Finland Hartwall Arena, Helsinki
Attendance: 13,479

Statistics

Scoring leaders

Pos Player Country GP G A Pts +/− PIM
1Jesse Puljujärvi Finland751217+80
2Sebastian Aho Finland75914+94
3Patrik Laine Finland77613+86
4Auston Matthews United States77411+62
5Matthew Tkachuk United States74711+76
6Alexander Nylander Sweden7459+50
7Zach Werenski United States7279+104
8Denis Malgin  Switzerland6189−16
9Olli Juolevi Finland7099+64
10Christian Dvorak United States7358+80
10Adrian Kempe Sweden7358+18

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

Source: IIHF[6]

Goaltending leaders

(minimum 40% team's total ice time)

Pos Player Country TOI GA GAA Sv% SO
1Linus Söderström Sweden295:2871.4294.702
2Alex Nedeljkovic United States325:5291.6694.271
3Thomas Lillie Denmark185:00103.2491.450
4Kaapo Kähkönen Finland214:1392.5290.910
5Adam Huska Slovakia292:30193.9089.890

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

Source: IIHF[7]

Tournament awards

Reference: Most Valuable Player

All-star team

IIHF best player awards

Final standings

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

Group A

The Division I A tournament was played in Vienna, Austria, from 13 to 19 December 2015.[8]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Latvia 5 4 1 0 0 20 7 +13 14
 Austria 5 3 0 0 2 18 18 0 9
 Kazakhstan 5 2 1 0 2 21 13 +8 8
 Norway 5 1 1 2 1 21 14 +7 7
 Germany 5 2 0 1 2 10 14 4 7
 Italy 5 0 0 0 5 5 29 24 0
Promoted to the 2017 Top Division Relegated to the 2017 Division I B

Group B

The Division I B tournament was played in Megève, France, from 12 to 18 December 2015.[9] Prior to the start of the tournament Japan withdrew, and was relegated for 2017.[10]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 France 4 2 1 0 1 17 9 +8 8
 Poland 4 2 1 0 1 15 10 +5 8
 Great Britain 4 2 1 0 1 13 16 3 8
 Ukraine 4 1 0 2 1 9 10 1 5
 Slovenia 4 0 0 1 3 6 15 9 1
 Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Promoted to the 2017 Division I A Relegated to the 2017 Division II A

Division II

Group A

The Division II A tournament was played in Elektrėnai, Lithuania, from 13 to 19 December 2015.[11]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Hungary 5 5 0 0 0 36 9 +27 15
 Lithuania 5 3 1 0 1 18 16 +2 11
 Estonia 5 3 0 0 2 27 26 +1 9
 Croatia 5 2 0 0 3 13 21 8 6
 Netherlands 5 0 1 0 4 14 23 9 2
 South Korea 5 0 0 2 3 15 28 13 2
Promoted to the 2017 Division I B Relegated to the 2017 Division II B

Group B

The Division II B tournament was played in Novi Sad, Serbia, from 17 to 23 January 2016.[12]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Romania 5 4 1 0 0 37 14 +23 14
 Spain 5 4 0 0 1 34 12 +22 12
 Serbia 5 3 0 1 1 34 9 +25 10
 Belgium 5 2 0 0 3 14 21 7 6
 Australia 5 1 0 0 4 11 35 24 3
 China 5 0 0 0 5 6 45 39 0
Promoted to the 2017 Division II A Relegated to the 2017 Division III

Division III

The Division III tournament was played in Mexico City, Mexico, from 15 to 24 January 2016.[13]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Mexico 6 5 0 0 1 24 14 +10 15
 Bulgaria 6 4 0 0 2 18 13 +5 12
 New Zealand 6 4 0 0 2 29 16 +13 12
 Israel 6 3 0 1 2 39 23 +16 10
 Iceland 6 2 1 0 3 24 21 +3 8
 Turkey 6 2 0 0 4 20 15 +5 6
 South Africa 6 0 0 0 6 7 59 52 0
Promoted to the 2017 Division II B

References

  1. "Future Hosts". USA Hockey. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  2. "IIHF statutes and bylaws" (PDF). IIHF. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  3. "IIHF Eligibility". IIHF. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  4. "Referee assignments 2015/2016". IIHF.com. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  5. "New format for U18, U20 Worlds". IIHF.com. 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2011-05-29.
  6. "Scoring Leaders" (PDF) (PDF). IIHF. 5 January 2016. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  7. "Goalkeepers" (PDF). IIHF.com. 5 January 2016. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  8. Division IA statistics
  9. Division IB statistics
  10. Japan withdraws
  11. Division II A statistics
  12. Division II B statistics
  13. Division III statistics

See also

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