Canada Favoured to Repeat as Champions at the World Juniors

Hockey Jan 05, 2021

The "World Juniors" is the annual event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) for national ice hockey teams (under age-20) from around the world.  The first World Juniors was held in 1974, though officially, the inaugural championships took place in 1977.

Through 47 years, Canada has won the most championships.  Team Canada has 18 world titles.  Ten out of the first 13 championships were won by the former Soviet Union.  Canada's greatest period of success was between 1990 and 2009, when they won 12 of 19 titles.  

Moreover, in 2021, Team Canada is favoured to win once again, which would make 19 World Juniors championships.  There's just one more game to play and opponent in the way.

In the championship game, Team Canada is favoured over the United States.  The latest odds at SPREADS.CA shows:

The path to Tuesday's finals was much easier for Canada, blanking Russia and never being in serious danger of losing.  However, the Americans had a much tougher game in the semis and slipped by Finland 4-3.

Canada beats Russia 5-0 to reach world junior title game

United States advances to World Junior final after edging Finland

The puck drops at 9:30 EST.  

The game will be prceeded by the third-place game starting at 5:30 EST between Russia and Finland.  The latest odds at SPREADS.CA shows:

Both games will be played in at Rogers Place in Edmonton, without fans in attendance, in a secure-zone bubble environment.

Third-Place Game – 5:30 p.m. EST

Championship game – 9:30 p.m. EST

Both games will be shown live on the NHL Network in the United States and TSN and RDS in Canada.

Photo Credit:  (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)