10 Reasons to watch the World Junior Championships

The IIHF World Junior Championships will begin Dec. 26th. Here in the states the tournament seems to be picking up a little bit of steam since the 2010 gold medal showing. Still, many have never even heard of the tournament, much less watched it. It’s just something you have to know about to watch, because you’ll never stumble across it otherwise.

If you have the NHL network on your cable provided, you can catch most of the preliminary games from group A , plus all of Team USA’s games. If you aren’t  fortunate to have the NHL Network, no worries. NHL.com will stream Team USA’s games so you can watch them on your computer.

10 Reasons to Watch the WJC, and Tean USA:

10. It’s meaningful hockey in the middle of December

9.Canada wears a throwback jersey now too. That means they are following the USA.

8. Miracle on Ice jerseys

7. USA won the Gold in 2010

6.  It sure beats regular season NBA.

5. USA won the bronze last year

4. USA vs. Canada

3.  There are a few Red Wings (or your favorite  NHL team’s) prospects playing in the tournament.

2. It has all the drama of the Olympics, just none of the names.

1. Six kids from Michigan are on team USA, including starting goaltender Jack Campbell. Here is the rest of the roster.

Credit to http://puckthemedia.wordpress.com/ for this handy schedule.

2012 IIHF World Junior Championship – NHL Network-U.S. Broadcast Schedule

Dec. 26 – Jan. 5

Date Game Time (EST)

Mon., Dec. 26 Canada vs. Finland 3:30 p.m.

USA vs. Denmark 8 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 27 Denmark vs. Czech Republic 8 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 28 Finland vs. USA 3:30 p.m.

Czech Republic vs. Canada 8 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 29 Canada vs. Denmark 8 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 30 Czech Republic vs. USA 3:30 p.m.

Finland vs. Denmark 8 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 31 USA vs. Canada 8 p.m.

Mon., Jan. 2 Quarterfinal #1 5:00 p.m.

Quarterfinal #2 9:00 p.m.

Tue., Jan. 3 Semifinal #1 5:00 p.m.

Semifinal #2* 9:00 p.m.

Thur., Jan. 5 Bronze-Medal Game 3:30 p.m.

Gold-Medal Game 8:00 p.m.

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