Team Canada won the final of the 2018 World Juniors against Team Sweden through a late goal in the third period. The Swedish Three Crowns showed an excellent performance in the group stage as usual, and went through a solid ride in the play offs. Now they have another shot for the gold when the tournament are to be decided in Victoria and Vancouver, Canada. In this post we present the schedule for the 2019 World Juniors, with a focus on Sweden’s games. As by tradition, the World Juniors are initiated between Christmas and New Year, and the play offs are played during the first week of January.
Sweden in the 2019 World Juniors
In the group stage of the 2019 World Juniors ten teams are divided into two groups. Eight spots in the playoffs are at stake. The top team from each group will face the fourth placed team in the other group and so on.
Sweden, that has a habit to go undefeated during the group stage in the World Juniors, will battle for the group win mainly against USA and Finland. However, Slovakia is not an easy opponent either. Kazakhstan should be the underdog in this company, and anything but a fifth place would be a big suprise.
Sweden’s games (Swedish time):
December 27 2018, 04:30: Finland-Sweden
December 28 2018, 00:30 Slovakia-Sweden
December 30 2018, 04:30 Sweden-USA
Januari 1 2019, 02:00 Sweden-Kazakhstan
Hence, there will be some late nights or early mornings for those of us that wants to see the games on TV.
2019 World Juniors: Playoffs
January 2: Quarterfinals x4
January 4: Semifinales x2
January 5: Bronze game
January 6: Final!
We hope for new medals in the World Juniors for the Three Crowns. This post will be updated with more information, including the names of the Swedish squad.