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2015 IIHF World Junior Championship schedule announced


The 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship schedule has been revealed. The competition will be held in Montreal and Toronto from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2015.

Canada, the United States, Finland, Slovakia and Germany will play in Group A, which will see all its preliminary-round games played at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Sweden, Russia, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Denmark will play in Group B and will play its preliminary-round games at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

The preliminary-round games go from December 26 to 31. The quarterfinals will be held January 2, the semifinals on January 4 and the bronze and gold-medal games on January 5.

An agreement has been made between the two host cities to allow Toronto to host the semifinal and final games while Montreal will host them in 2017 when the two will again host the championship.Here is the schedule according to the NHL:

DEC. 26
Russia vs. Denmark 1 p.m. Toronto
United States vs. Finland 3 p.m. Montreal
Czech Republic vs. Sweden 5 p.m. Toronto
Slovakia vs. Canada 8 p.m. Montreal
DEC. 27
Sweden vs. Denmark 1 p.m. Toronto
Finland vs. Slovakia 4 p.m. Montreal
Switzerland vs. Czech Republic 5 p.m. Toronto
Canada vs. Germany 8 p.m. Montreal
DEC. 28
Switzerland vs. Russia 5 p.m. Toronto
Germany vs. United States 8 p.m. Montreal
DEC. 29
Denmark vs. Czech Republic 1 p.m. Toronto
Slovakia vs. United States 4 p.m. Montreal
Russia vs. Sweden 5 p.m. Toronto
Canada vs. Finland 8 p.m. Montreal
DEC. 30
Denmark vs. Switzerland 5 p.m. Toronto
Germany vs. Slovakia 8 p.m. Montreal
DEC. 31
Sweden vs. Switzerland 1 p.m. Toronto
United States vs. Canada 4 p.m. Montreal
Czech Republic vs. Russia 5 p.m. Toronto
Finland vs. Germany 8 p.m. Montreal
JAN. 2
Quarterfinals
JAN. 4
Semifinals
JAN. 5
Bronze-medal game
Gold-medal game

(All times are Eastern)