Ten teams are meeting in Halifax and Moncton for the 2023 World Juniors and every country has its eyes on one thing — a gold medal.
There has not been a ton of variety in recent years at the World Juniors in terms of champions. Either Canada, the USA or Finland has earned gold at every tournament since 2013.
However, we have not seen a repeat winner since Canada won five consecutive times from 2005-2010. The country aims to go back-to-back as the 2023 tournament gets underway in the Maritimes.
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Here is a look at every winner of the World Juniors dating to the beginning of the tournament’s history.
What country has won the most medals?
Canada enters the 2023 tournament with the most gold medals of all time. The 2022 win marked the 19th gold medal for the country.
But Russia, which is not participating in the 2023 World Juniors, owns the most total medals with 37. It has won the most silver and bronze medals out of any country.
The United States is tied for the third-most gold medals with Finland and owns the sixth-most total medals.
* Includes medals won as the Soviet Union and CIS
+ Includes medals won as Czechoslovakia
List of all the World Juniors winners
The last winner to be crowned the World Juniors champion was Canada, which took down Finland in overtime of the gold-medal game.
Mason McTavish swiped away a puck on the goal line early in overtime to prevent Finland from claiming the 2022 World Juniors. A minute later, Kent Johnson buried the game-winning goal.
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Here is a list of every medalist for each year of the tournament.
|2021||Edmonton, Canada||United States||Canada||Finland|
|2020||Ostrava/Trinec, Czech Republic||Canada||Russia||Sweden|
|2019||Vancouver/Victoria, Canada||Finland||United States||Russia|
|2018||Buffalo, N.Y., United States||Canada||Sweden||United States|
|2017||Montreal/Toronto, Canada||United States||Canada||Russia|
|2016||Helsinki, Finland||Finland||Russia||United States|
|2013||Ufa, Russia||United States||Sweden||Russia|
|2011||Buffalo/Niagara, N.Y., United States||Russia||Canada||United States|
|2010||Regina/Saskatoon, Canada||United States||Canada||Sweden|
|2008||Pardubice/Liberec, Czech Republic||Canada||Sweden||Russia|
|2007||Leksand/Mora, Sweden||Canada||Russia||United States|
|2005||Grand Forks, N.D./Thief River Falls, Minn., United States||Canada||Russia||Czech Republic|
|2004||Helsinki/Hameenlinna, Finland||United States||Canada||Finland|
|2002||Pardubice/Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic||Russia||Canada||Finland|
|2001||Moscow/Podolsk, Russia||Czech Republic||Finland||Canada|
|2000||Skelleftea/Umea, Sweden||Czech Republic||Russia||Canada|
|1997||Geneva/Morges, Switzerland||Canada||United States||Russia|
|1996||Boston, Mass., United States||Canada||Sweden||Russia|
|1995||Red Deer, Canada||Canada||Russia||Sweden|
|1994||Ostrava/Frydek-Mistek, Czech Republic||Canada||Sweden||Russia|
|1992||Fussen/Kaufbeuren, Germany||CIS||Sweden||United States|
|1991||Saskatoon, Canada||Canada||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia|
|1990||Helsinki/Turku, Finland||Canada||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia|
|1989||Anchorage, Alaska, United States||Soviet Union||Sweden||Czechoslovakia|
|1988||Moscow, Soviet Union||Canada||Soviet Union||Finland|
|1986||Hamilton, Canada||Soviet Union||Canada||United States|
|1985||Helsinki/Turku, Finland||Canada||Czechoslovakia||Soviet Union|
|1984||Nykoping, Sweden||Soviet Union||Finland||Czechoslovakia|
|1983||Leningrad, Soviet Union||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia||Canada|
|1982||Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., United States||Canada||Czechoslovakia||Finland|
|1981||Fussen/Augsburg, Germany||Sweden||Finland||Soviet Union|
|1980||Helsinki, Finland||Soviet Union||Finland||Sweden|
|1979||Karlstad, Sweden||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia||Sweden|
|1978||Montreal, Canada||Soviet Union||Sweden||Canada|
|1977||Bystrica-Zvolen, Czechoslovakia||Soviet Union||Canada||Czechoslovakia|
|1976*||Tampere, Finland||Soviet Union||Canada||Czechoslovakia|
|1974*||Leningrad, Soviet Union||Soviet Union||Finland||Canada|
* – IIHF began officially sponsoring World Junior Championship in 1977
How to watch 2023 World Juniors games on TV, live stream
- TV channel (Canada): TSN
- Live stream (Canada): TSN.ca, TSN app
- TV channel (U.S.): NHL Network
- Live stream (U.S.): fuboTV
TSN and the NHL Network will once again be home to all of the action for the 2023 World Juniors.
Canadian viewers can watch the competition on TSN or can stream the games through TSN.ca or on the TSN app.
The American audience can view the games live on TV on the NHL Network, or can stream them through fuboTV.
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Where are the 2023 World Juniors?
- Location: Halifax N.S./Moncton, N.B.
- Venue: Scotiabank Centre/Avenir Centre
The World Juniors will once again be split between two host cities, as the tournament will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Moncton, New Brunswick.
The games in Halifax will be played at the Scotiabank Centre, the home of the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads. Any of the contests in Moncton will be played at the Avenir Centre, where the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats call home.
This will be the second time Halifax is a host city for the World Juniors. Previously, the 2003 World Juniors were split between Halifax and Sydney, N.S. Moncton has never hosted the World Juniors before.
The 2023 tournament was originally planned to be held in Russia, with Novosibirsk and Omsk as the two host cities. However, due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, their rights were pulled by the IIHF.
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