With the rapid spread of COVID-19 in recent weeks, especially in North American and Europe, the IIHF announced that all 11 pre-tournament games were canceled.
However, the tournament, which will take place in Red Deer and Edmonton in Alberta, is still scheduled to start on time — with some additional restrictions.
Instead of having pre-tournament games begin on December 19th are originally planned, the IIHF decided to limit all competing teams to just one game starting on Thursday. The regular tournament is still scheduled to officially begin on Sunday, pending any last-minute surprises.
The Alberta provincial government also announced on that arena capacity levels for all sporting venues will be cut back to 50 percent. With games scheduled in both Red Deer and Edmonton, the restrictions are also reported to limit how much NHL personnel can attend the tournament. In a related statement:
“The event ticketing team is currently addressing the implementation of this change and will be in contact with all ticket holders by the end of the day on Thursday, Dec. 23, No further ticket information is available at this time."
World Juniors 2022 Full Pre-Tourney Schedule
The World Juniors schedule was updated to have all pre-tournament games scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 23. The United States will kick off the set of games starting with their matchup against Finland at 2 p.m. ET.
Finland vs. United States 2 p.m.
Slovakia vs. Germany 4 p.m.
Russia vs. Canada 7 p.m
.Czechia vs. Switzerland – Canceled
Austria vs. Sweden 10 p.m.
Watching the World Juniors on TV – Live Stream
- TV channel (Canada): TSN
- Live stream (Canada): TSN.ca, TSN app
- TV channel (U.S.): NHL Network
- Live stream (U.S.): fuboTV (7-day free trial)
All 31 games of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship will be broadcast live on TSN in Canada with French-language coverage on RDS.
NHL Network is the only place to watch the World Juniors in the United States. It will carry live coverage of Team USA along with every other game for the first time ever.