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2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

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Host country  Canada
Runner-up  Canada
Teams  10
2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

Dates  December 26 – January 5
Venue(s)  Credit Union Centre and Brandt Centre (in 2 host cities)
Champions  United States (2nd title)

The 2010 IIHF World U20 Championship, commonly referred to as the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championships (2010 WJHC), was the 34th edition of World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. The tournament was hosted in Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, from December 26, 2009, to January 5, 2010. This was the second time Saskatoon has hosted the tournament, after hosting it in 1991. The medal round, as well as all Canada's preliminary round games, took place in Saskatoon at the Credit Union Centre. The arena underwent renovations and upgrades before the 2010 tournament, including an increase in capacity. Other games were played at the Brandt Centre in Regina, which also received upgrades. In addition, pre-tournament exhibition games were held in other towns and cities throughout the province as well as Calgary, Alberta. In the gold medal match, the United States defeated the pre-tournament favourites and host country Canada 6–5 in overtime to win their second gold medal and first since 2004, ending Canada's bid for a record-breaking sixth consecutive gold medal.


Other host candidates

Initially, Switzerland was chosen to host the tournament, but later withdrew.

Three bid groups submitted letters of intent to host the 2010 tournament prior to the February 1, 2008, deadline:

  • Joint bid by Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Moncton, New Brunswick;
  • Joint bid by Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan; and
  • Joint bid by Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba
  • All three bid groups formally placed their bids before the April 1, 2008, deadline and made their final presentations to the selection committee in Toronto on June 9–10, 2008.

    On July 7, 2008, Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) announced Saskatoon and Regina have been chosen to host the tournament. This was Saskatchewan's first successful bid in five recent attempts, after failing to land the 1999, 2003, 2006 and 2009 tournaments.

    Top division

    The lowest-ranked teams in the top division are relegated to Division I for the following year's tournament.

    Preliminary round

    Ten teams were divided into two groups of five, each of which play in a single round-robin format. The winner of each group proceeded directly to the tournament semifinals, with the second- and third-place finishers advancing to the quarterfinals. The remaining four teams participated in the relegation round to determine which teams will be relegated to Division I the following year.

    Group A

    All times local (CST/UTC-6)

    Group B

    All times local (CST/UTC-6)

    Relegation round

    Results from any games that were played during the preliminary round were carried forward to the relegation round.

    All times local (CST/UTC-6)

     Latvia and  Austria were relegated to Division I for the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

    Final round

    * Decided in overtime.

    Goaltending leaders

    (minimum 40% team's total ice time)

    Tournament awards

    Most Valuable Player
  • Jordan Eberle
  • All-star team
  • Goaltender: Benjamin Conz
  • Defencemen: Alex Pietrangelo, John Carlson
  • Forwards: Jordan Eberle, Derek Stepan, Nino Niederreiter
  • IIHF best player awards
  • Goaltender: Benjamin Conz
  • Defenceman: Alex Pietrangelo
  • Forward: Jordan Eberle
  • IIHF broadcasting rights


    2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Wikipedia