NHL Network’s 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship Live Game Schedule
*all times ET; subject to change
Friday, December 25
2:00 p.m – Switzerland vs. Slovakia
6:00 p.m. – Germany vs. Finland
9:30 p.m. – Russia vs. USA
Saturday, December 26
2:00 p.m. – Sweden vs. Czech Republic
6:00 p.m. – Germany vs. Canada
9:30 p.m. – USA vs. Austria
Sunday, December 27
2:00 p.m – Finland vs. Switzerland
6:00 p.m – Slovakia vs. Canada
9:30 p.m – Czech Republic vs. Russia
Monday, December 28
6:00 p.m. – Austria vs. Sweden
9:30 p.m. – Slovakia vs. Germany
Tuesday, December 29
2:00 p.m. – USA vs. Czech Republic
6:00 p.m. – Canada vs. Switzerland
9:30 p.m. – Austria vs. Russia
Wednesday, December 30
2:00 p.m. – Finland vs. Slovakia
6:00 p.m. – Switzerland vs. Germany
9:30 p.m. – Russia vs. Sweden
Thursday, December 31
2:00 p.m. – Czech Republic vs. Austria
6:00 p.m. – Canada vs. Finland
9:30 p.m. – Sweden vs. USA
Saturday, January 2
12:00 p.m. – Quarterfinal: TBD
3:30 p.m. – Quarterfinal: TBD
7:00 p.m. – Quarterfinal: TBD
10:30 p.m. – Quarterfinal: TBD
Monday, January 4
6:00 p.m. – Semifinal: TBD
9:30 p.m. – Semifinal: TB
Tuesday, January 5
5:30 p.m. – Bronze Medal Game: TBD
9:30 p.m. – Gold Medal Game: TBD
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Seven recent Wings draft picks will be playing in the tournament, including five on Team Sweden. Gustav Berglund, Albert Johansson, Theodor Niederbach, Lucas Raymond, and Elmer Soderblom (all Team Sweden), Eemil Viro (Finland) and Jan Bednar (Czech Republic) are the Wings prospects competing in the prestigious junior tournament....
What makes this year’s world junior championships even more interesting and compelling is the fact the pandemic has played havoc with junior seasons around the world.
The European leagues have gone on but had stops-and-starts to the schedule. In North America, the junior and college seasons have either not yet started or done so with modest success.
Here is a capsule look at each of the Red Wings’ prospects:
Jan Bednar, goaltender
Bednar was a 2020 fourth-round pick of the Wings, and some evaluators felt he might be a minor steal where he was selected.
But Bednar has gotten off to a slow start in the Czech Republic (.867 save percentage in five games), while playing in a men’s league.
Bednar is likely to be the back-up for the Czech Republic, so there’s no guarantee he’ll see any game action.