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2005 World Junior Hockey Championship

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For this year's World Junior Hockey Championship, with game schedule, television coverage, and updated results, plus the tournament format and history, see the World Junior Hockey Page.

Jamuary 4, 2005 - Canada blew away the competition at the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota, finishing with a one-sided win over Russia in the gold medal game.

Gold Medal Game:
Canada 6 - Russia 1

Bronze Medal Game:
Czech Republic 3 - USA 2 (OT)

Final Standings:

  1. Canada
  2. Russia
  3. Czech Republic
  4. United States
  5. Finland
  6. Sweden
  7. Slovakia
  8. Switzerland
  9. Germany
  10. Belarus
Germany and Belarus are relegated to the "B" Pool for the 2006 World Junior Championship.

2005 World Junior All Star Team:

Goaltender:

  • Marek Schwarz, Czech Republic
    Defense:
  • Dion Phaneuf, Canada
  • Ryan Suter, USA
    Forwards:
  • Alexander Ovechkin, Russia
  • Patrice Bergeron, Canada
  • Jeff Carter, Canada

    2005 World Junior Player Awards:

    Most Valuable Player:

  • Patrice Bergeron, Canada
    Top Forward:
  • Alexander Ovechkin, Russia
    Top Defenseman:
  • Dion Phaneuf, Canada
    Top Goaltender:
  • Marek Schwarz, Czech Republic

    Team Canada Roster
    Team USA Roster

    Playoff Results:

    Semifinal Games:
    Canada 3 - Czech Republic 1
    Russia 7 - United States 2

    Quarterfinal Games:
    Czech Republic 3 - Finland 0
    United States 8 - Sweden 2

    Fifth-Place Game:
    Finland 4 - Sweden 3 (OT)

    Preliminary Round Results:

    Thursday, December 30 -
    Canada 8 - Finland 1
    Czech Republic 3 - USA 1
    Russia 6 - Switzerland 1
    Sweden 3 - Slovakia 0

    Wednesday, December 29 -
    Belarus 5 - USA 3
    Czech Republic 5 - Switzerland 2
    Finland 5 - Sweden 4
    Slovakia 5 - Germany 0

    Tuesday, December 28 -
    Canada 9 - Germany 0
    Russia 7 - Belarus 2

    Monday, December 27 -
    Canada 8 - Sweden 1
    Russia 4 - Czech Republic 1
    USA 6 - Switzerland 4
    Slovakia 2 - Finland 0

    Sunday, December 26 -
    Switzerland 5 - Belarus 0
    Sweden 6 - Germany 0

    Saturday, December 25 -
    Canada 7 - Slovakia 3
    Czech Republic 7 - Belarus 2
    USA 5 - Russia 4
    Finland 4 - Germany 1

    See the bottom of this page for final preliminary round standings

    Relegation Round Results:

    Saturday, January 1 -
    Switzerland 5 - Germany 0

    Sunday, January 2 -
    Slovakia 2 - Belarus 1

    Monday, January 3 -
    Germany 4 - Belarus 3
    Slovakia 3 - Switzerland 2

    Pre-Tournament Team Histories

    Russia is a dominant junior hockey nation, with three gold, three silver and three bronze medals in the last 11 years. The Russians also have the upper hand on their archrivals, having snuffed out Canadian hopes in 2003, 2002, 1999 (gold medal games) and 2000 (semifinal game). But they slipped in 2004, finishing fifth.

    The 1990s belonged to Canada. Between 1990 and 1997, the Canadians won World Junior gold seven times, including five straight. Still seeking its first gold medal since the streak ended, Canada remains consistently successful, finishing second or third in each of the last six years.

    The United States finally broke through in 2004, winning its first ever world junior title. Previously, Team USA finished third in 1986 and 1992, and second in 1997.

    Finland won bronze in 2003 and 2004, and silver in 2002. The country been crowned World Junior Champion in 1987 and 1998. In 1987, the Finns were handed first place after Canada was disqualified for a brawl against the Soviets.

    Since winning it all in 2000 and 2001, the Czech Republic has finished out of the medals. The Czechs began competing as a separate country in 1994.

    With the split of Czechoslovakia in 1993, Slovakia was sent to the “C” pool of junior hockey, and returned to the “A” pool in 1996. Its best finish since then is a 1999 bronze medal.

    Sweden has fared poorly at recent World Junior Championships. Since winning gold in 1996, the Swedes have finished no higher than fourth. Sweden’s only previous gold medal came in 1991. The country has placed second or third on 10 occasions.

    Switzerland has been a regular qualifier for the World Junior tournament since the mid-1990s, it best finish a bronze medal in 1998.

    Germany last qualified for the tournament in 2003, finishing ninth.

    Belarus last qualified in 2003, finishing tenth.

    STANDINGS AFTER PRELIMINARY ROUND

    Group A Won Lost Tied Goals For Goals Against Points
    Russia 3 1 0 21 9 6
    Czech Republic 3 1 0 16 9 6
    United States 2 2 0 15 16 4
    Switzerland 1 3 0 12 17 2
    Belarus 1 3 0 9 22 2
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    Group B
    Canada 4 0 0 31 5 8
    Sweden 2 2 0 14 13 4
    Slovakia 2 2 0 10 10 4
    Finland 2 2 0 10 15 4
    Germany 0 4 0 1 24 0
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