Washington Capitals prospects Connor McMichael (Canada) and Martin Hugo Has (Czech Republic) will be making their second appearance in the IIHF World Junior Championship beginning on Friday, December 25 from Edmonton, Alberta. The NHL Network will air every game live.
The network will begin live coverage with exhibition games that begin this Sunday, December 20. Team USA will face Team Switzerland on Sunday and Team Sweden will face Team Canada on Monday, December 21.
McMichael, who was selected 25th overall in the 2019 NHL Draft by the Capitals, recorded 47 goals, 102 points, and a +32 rating in 52 games with the OHL’s London Knights last season. He recorded five goals and seven points in seven games at last year’s World Junior Championship for Hockey Canada.
Has left Koovee for the World Junior tournament last year where he played on Czech Republic’s top defensive pairing, registering a goal and three points in five games. Following the World Junior Championship, has was loaned to the North Bay Battalion, where he played one game before being traded to the Guelph Storm.
MEDIA RELEASE FROM NHL NETWORK
December 16, 2020 – For the first time ever, NHL Network™ will air every game live of the IIHF World Junior Championship beginning on Friday, December 25 from Edmonton, Alberta. As the exclusive U.S. TV home of the 2021 tournament, NHL Network’s extensive coverage will include telecasts of Team USA’s games, plus comprehensive previews, highlights, analysis and interviews on NHL Tonight™ and via @NHLNetwork on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Leading up to December 25, NHL Network will air every exhibition game of the tournament beginning on Sunday, December 20 with Team USA skating against Team Switzerland live at 6:00 p.m. ET.
In its 13th consecutive year televising the IIHF World Junior Championship, NHL Network’s tournament coverage begins on Friday, Dec. 25 with a triple-header as Switzerland takes on Slovakia at 2:00 p.m. ET, followed by Germany vs. Finland at 6:00 p.m. ET and Russia vs. USA at 9:30 p.m. ET. As Team USA seeks its first gold medal since 2017, NHL Network’s Stephen Nelson will provide play-by-play for each Team USA tournament game alongside longtime NCAA hockey analyst Dave Starman and reporter Jill Savage.
Following the exhibition schedule, NHL Network will look ahead to the tournament matchups and players to watch on NHL Tonight™: 2021 World Junior Championship Preview on Sunday, December 24 at 6:00 p.m. ET, hosted by Tony Luftman with analysis from E.J. Hradek and Starman. Leading up to NHL Tonight on Thursday December 24, NHL Network will re-air Team USA’s last three gold medal-winning games from 2010, 2013 and 2017 starting at 10:00 a.m. ET. NHL Network’s complete on-air schedule for the tournament is available here and below.
NHL Network’s 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship Live Game Schedule
*all times ET; subject to change
Sunday, December 20 – Exhibition Play
6:00 p.m. – USA vs. Switzerland
9:30 p.m. – Finland vs. Czech Republic
Monday, December 21 – Exhibition Play
2:00 p.m. – Austria vs. Germany
6:00 p.m. – Sweden vs. Canada
9:30 p.m. – Russia vs. Slovakia
Tuesday, December 22 – Exhibition Play
6:00 p.m. – Finland vs. USA
9:30 p.m. – Switzerland vs. Sweden
Wednesday, December 23 – Exhibition Play
2:00 p.m – Slovakia vs. Austria
6:00 p.m – Canada vs. Russia
9:30 p.m. – Czech Republic vs. Germany
Friday, December 25
2:00 p.m – Switzerland vs. Slovakia
6:00 p.m. – Germany vs. Finland
9:30 p.m. – Russia vs. USA
Saturday, December 26
2:00 p.m. – Sweden vs. Czech Republic
6:00 p.m. – Germany vs. Canada
9:30 p.m. – USA vs. Austria
Sunday, December 27
2:00 p.m – Finland vs. Switzerland
6:00 p.m – Slovakia vs. Canada
9:30 p.m – Czech Republic vs. Russia
Monday, December 28
6:00 p.m. – Austria vs. Sweden
9:30 p.m. – Slovakia vs. Germany
Tuesday, December 29
2:00 p.m. – USA vs. Czech Republic
6:00 p.m. – Canada vs. Switzerland
9:30 p.m. – Austria vs. Russia
Wednesday, December 30
2:00 p.m. – Finland vs. Slovakia
6:00 p.m. – Switzerland vs. Germany
9:30 p.m. – Russia vs. Sweden
Thursday, December 31
2:00 p.m. – Czech Republic vs. Austria
6:00 p.m. – Canada vs. Finland
9:30 p.m. – Sweden vs. USA
Saturday, January 2
12:00 p.m. – Quarterfinal: TBD
3:30 p.m. – Quarterfinal: TBD
7:00 p.m. – Quarterfinal: TBD
10:30 p.m. – Quarterfinal: TBD
Monday, January 4
6:00 p.m. – Semifinal: TBD
9:30 p.m. – Semifinal: TB
Tuesday, January 5
5:30 p.m. – Bronze Medal Game: TBD
9:30 p.m. – Gold Medal Game: TBD
One of the best times of year in the hockey calendar. Two weeks of prospect hockey for the goals. Let’s go!