USA Hockey announced today that NHL Network will televise live the final three days of games at the 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase.
The week-long event will include 11 international competitions featuring the best Under-20 players from four nations - the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden - auditioning for a spot to represent their country in the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship. Collectively, the four teams have skated in at least one of the last three IIHF World Junior Championship gold-medal games. In 2017, the U.S. defeated Canada in a thrilling 5-4 shootout victory before Canada topped Sweden, 3-1, a year later. This past January, Finland edged the U.S., 3-2, to win gold.
Oliver Wahlstrom (left) is one of five returnees from last year's silver medal-winning U.S. National Junior Team
The six-game NHL Network coverage begins on Wed., July 31, with Canada facing Finland at 1 p.m. ET followed by USA vs. Sweden at 4 p.m. ET. NHL Network's coverage will continue on Fri., Aug. 2, with Sweden vs. Canada at 1 p.m. ET before Finland and USA meet at 4 p.m. ET in a rematch of the gold-medal game of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. Event competition will conclude on Sat., Aug. 3, with back-to-back rivalry games as Sweden faces Finland at 1 p.m. ET and the USA takes on Canada at 4 p.m. ET.
In addition, HockeyTV will provide live streaming coverage of the first four days of the event, including five games and the U.S. Blue vs. White scrimmage on Fri., July 26, at 5:30 p.m. ET.
All total, 11 games as well as the U.S. split-squad scrimmage will be contested over a nine-day span. Tickets to the games are available at the USA Hockey Arena Box Office (14900 Beck Road, Plymouth, Michigan) or by calling (734) 453-8400 or at USAHockeyArena.com.
The 44-player U.S. roster is divided into two teams -- Team Blue and Team White -- for the first portion of camp. Beginning July 30, the U.S. will trim to one roster for the remaining portion of camp.
More than half of the U.S. invitees have represented the U.S. internationally across six major events, including the IIHF World Junior Championship (2019-silver), IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship (2019-bronze, 2018-silver), Youth Olympic Winter Games (2016-gold), World Junior A Challenge (2018-first, 2017-second), Hlinka Gretzky Cup (2018, 2017) and Under-17 Five Nations Cup (2017-first, 2016-first). In addition, 24 players on the U.S. roster have skated at least one full season with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, which is based out of USA Hockey Arena.
Notes: Media wishing to attend any part of the camp should complete the online credential form... Among the NTDP alumni are 10 first-round selections, including 2019 first-round picks John Beecher (Boston Bruins, 30th overall), Matthew Boldy (Minnesota Wild, 12th overall), Cole Caufield (Montreal Canadiens, 15th overall), Spencer Knight (Florida Panthers, 13th overall), Alex Turcotte (Los Angeles Kings, 5th overall), Cam York (Philadelphia Flyers, 14th overall) and Trevor Zegras (Anaheim Ducks, 9th overall), as well as 2018 NHL Draft first-rounders Joel Farabee (Philadelphia Flyers, 14th overall), K'Andre Miller (New York Rangers, 22nd overall) and Oliver Wahlstrom (New York Islanders, 11th overall) ... For more on the U.S. roster breakdown, click here ... Including the rosters of the four participating teams in the World Junior Summer Showcase, 116 of the 133 players participating have been drafted by an NHL team, including 33 first-round selections ... John Vanbiesbrouck (Detroit, Mich.) is the general manager of the 2020 U.S. National Junior Team ... Scott Sandelin (Hibbing, Minn.) is the head coach of the 2020 U.S. National Junior Team with David Lassonde (Durham, N.H.), Steve Miller (Columbus, Ohio), Brett Larson (St. Cloud, Minn.) and Jerry Keefe (Saugus, Mass.) serving as assistant coaches ... Join the conversation by using the official hashtag #WJSS.
|Friday, July 26||USA Blue vs. USA White||USAW, 1-0 (SO)||HockeyTV||Free Admission|
|Saturday, July 27||USA White vs. Finland||FIN, 3-2||HockeyTV||BUY NOW|
|Saturday, July 27||USA Blue vs. Sweden||USAB, 4-2||HockeyTV||BUY NOW|
|Sunday, July 28||USA Blue vs. Finland||USAB, 7-1||HockeyTV||BUY NOW|
|Sunday, July 28||USA White vs. Sweden||SWE, 2-1 (OT)||HockeyTV||BUY NOW|
|Tuesday, July 30||Canada vs. USA||CAN, 4-1||HockeyTV||BUY NOW|
|Wednesday, July 31||Canada vs. Finland||FIN, 8-3||NHL Network||BUY NOW|
|Wednesday, July 31||USA vs. Sweden||USA, 6-0||NHL Network||BUY NOW|
|Friday, August 2||Sweden vs. Canada||CAN, 5-2||NHL Network||BUY NOW|
|Friday, August 2||Finland vs. USA||FIN, 6-5||NHL Network||BUY NOW|
|Saturday, August 3||Sweden vs. Finland||SWE, 6-3||NHL Network||BUY NOW|
|Saturday, August 3||USA vs. Canada||USA, 5-3||NHL Network||BUY NOW|