2023 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships U20 Tournament Format, Participating Nations, TV and Streaming Coverage, Predictions

The 2023 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships U20 are almost here! This global competition will feature some of the world’s best junior-level hockey talent from countries around the world. From December 25th to January 5th, teams from the United States, Canada, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Russia, Slovakia, and more will be competing for the chance to hoist the gold medal at the end of the tournament. This year’s tournament promises to be an exciting one, and in this blog post, we’ll provide a preview of what to expect.

Tournament Format

The 2023 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships U20 will feature 16 teams split into two groups. The tournament will use a round-robin format, with each team playing one game against every other team in their group. After the round-robin phase, the top four teams from each group will move on to the quarter-finals, and then onto the semi-finals and the medal round.
The 16 teams competing in the 2023 tournament will be divided into two groups of eight: Group A and Group B. The teams are yet to be determined but they will likely be based on geographical proximity. The countries already confirmed to compete are: Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
Each game during the round-robin phase will consist of three periods of 20 minutes each. If a game is tied after regulation time, a five-minute overtime period will be played. If the score is still tied after overtime, a shootout will determine the winner.
The winner of the 2023 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships U20 will be crowned following the medal round. The championship game will be played on July 6th at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.

Participating Nations

The 2023 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships U20 will be the 52nd edition of the tournament and will include 10 teams from around the world. The teams participating in the tournament will come from the five major hockey federations of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF): Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States.
In addition to the traditional powers, two teams each from both Division I and Division II will also compete in the tournament. The Division I teams will be chosen based on their performance in the 2022 IIHF World U20 Championship Division I Group A and B tournaments.
The nations competing in the 2022 IIHF World U20 Championship Division II Group A and B tournaments will then compete in the 2023 tournament to determine which two teams will be promoted to Division I for the following year.
Finally, the host nation of the tournament will have an automatic bid to compete as well. As of now, it is still unknown which country will host the 2023 tournament, though it is expected to be announced sometime next year.
With 10 teams from around the world, this upcoming tournament is sure to provide exciting hockey action for fans of all ages!

TV and Streaming Coverage

The 2023 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships U20 is sure to bring exciting action and fans will be able to follow all the action on television and streaming services.
In the US, the tournament will be broadcast on NHL Network. The network will be showing games and highlights throughout the tournament. In addition to that, there are a variety of streaming services that will also be offering coverage. Hulu Live TV, YouTubeTV, AT&T Now and SlingTV will all be offering streaming coverage for the tournament.
For those outside of the US, there are a variety of regional broadcasters that will be showing the tournament. These include CBC in Canada, TSN in the UK, NOS in the Netherlands and many more. Additionally, a variety of streaming services including DAZN, ESPN Player and FuboTV will also be carrying the games.
With such an array of viewing options, fans from around the world will have the opportunity to follow all of the action in the 2023 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships U20. Be sure to check your local listings for game times and additional details.


The 2023 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships U20 promises to be an exciting event with teams from all over the world competing for gold. With the tournament taking place in two different countries, predicting the outcomes is a difficult task. However, some nations are sure to be contenders for the podium.
Canada, the USA, Russia, and Finland are the heavy favorites, with Sweden and the Czech Republic not far behind. These teams have consistently been successful at the World Juniors and are sure to put up a good fight. Other teams, such as Germany, Switzerland, and Latvia, may surprise some by making a deep run.
It’s still too early to make any definitive predictions as teams are still rounding into form and many players have yet to sign professional contracts. However, when the puck drops on this tournament, fans can expect to see some excellent hockey and thrilling finishes. No matter who takes home the gold, it’s sure to be a memorable tournament.

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