U18 Worlds host USA opens vs. Russia
by Martin Merk|17 OCT 2019
USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, will be the main venue of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship three years after hosting the Women’s Worlds.
photo: Minas Panagiotakis / HHOF-IIHF Images
The schedule of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in Plymouth and Ann Arbor in Michigan, USA, has been approved by the IIHF and the participating teams.

The Unites States, host and record under-18 world champion (10 gold medals), will open the tournament on 16 April at 19:00 local time in Plymouth against Russia. Fans can expect a thrilling game as it will be a re-match of last spring’s semi-finals where Russia won 3-2 in a shootout before settling for silver in the final against Sweden while the U.S. took bronze against Canada. The first game day at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth will start with the Czech Republic vs. Germany game at 15:00. Finland also plays in the group and will open the tournament one day later against Russia.

In Group A, to be played at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube, defending champion Sweden will open the tournament at 19:00 against Belarus, the early game at 15:00 will be Switzerland vs. Latvia. The group also includes Canada, which will enter the tournament on 17 April against Sweden. Canadian fans will be able to watch some of the best juniors in the world not far away with the venue less than an hour’s drive away from the border at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.

The group stage will be played until 21 April and will be followed by the quarter-finals on 23 April that will be staged at both arenas. The United States and Canada would play the quarter-finals in Plymouth if qualified. Ann Arbor will also host two quarter-final games.

Both semi-final games on 25 April and the medal games on 26 April will be played in Plymouth.

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Home of the U.S. U18 national team

The IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship will be held in the United States for the third time after Fargo and Moorhead in 2009 and Grand Forks in 2016.

This time the event will come to the home base of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program where the U18 and U17 national teams are centralized and based at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth. The program was founded in 1996 and originally based in the secondary venue of the event in Ann Arbor before moving to Plymouth in 2015. Many top U.S. players during the past two decades have gone through the program and been part of the American success story in the IIHF’s men’s under-18 category before playing at the World Juniors, Worlds, Olympic and making the NHL.

The USA Hockey Arena also hosted the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship.

Plymouth is located about 27 miles away from downtown Detroit and about 21 miles from Detroit’s international airport. Ann Arbor is located about 23 miles southwest from Plymouth.

Ticket sale to start later this year

While the tournament will be played in late April, fans won’t have to wait that long to secure tickets.

Tickets will go on sale later this year. Check back for additional information as it becomes available during the upcoming weeks or follow the IIHF and USA Hockey on social media to be among the first to be informed.