U.S., Canada in same group for 2014 WJC
The 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation host committee announced Monday the preliminary-round schedule for the 2014 World Junior Championship, slated for Malmo, Sweden.
The United States, which won gold at the 2013 WJC in Russia, will be in Group A, along with Canada, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany, and play its preliminary-round games at Isstadion Arena. Host Sweden, which won the silver medal after a 3-1 loss to the United States in the 2013 WJC title game, will play in Group B, along with Finland, Russia, Switzerland and Norway. Their preliminary-round games will be played at Malmo Arena
The highlight games of the preliminary round will be New Year's Eve, when the United States plays Canada and Sweden battles Russia.
The tournament will run Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, 2014.The quarterfinals will be played Jan. 2 and the semifinals will on Jan. 4. The bronze- and gold-medal games will be Jan. 5. All medal-round games will be played at Malmo Arena.
2014 WJC PRELIM SCHEDULE
DEU vs. CAN; NOR vs. RUS
CZE vs. USA; SUI vs. SWE
SLV vs. DEU; FIN vs. NOR
USA vs. SLV; SWE vs. FIN
CAN vs. CZE; RUS vs. SUI
DEU vs. USA; NOR vs. SWE
CZE vs. DEU; RUS vs. FIN
CAN vs. SLV; SUI vs. NOR
SLV vs. CZE; SWE vs. RUS
USA vs. CAN; FIN vs. SUI
The Flames had five prospects skate in the 2013 tournament - Tyler Wotherspoon (Canada), Markus Granlund (Finland), Johnny Gaudreau (USA), Patrick Sieloff (USA) and Jon Gillies (USA). Sieloff and Gillies, both drafted in 2012, are eligible to suit up for the USA again in 2014.