“It is a tradition at the IIHF World Junior Championships that the teams play the final exhibition games in the host country and the Czech Republic are no exception. Since two games will take place in the venues of the championship, in Ostrava and Trinec, it will be a test of readiness of both arenas for us organizers,” says Marketa Sterbova, General Secretary of the Organizing Committee of 2020 IIHF WM20.
Exhibition games will take place from 19 to 23 December.
The Czech national team will play two exhibition games - on 20 December, the team of coach Vaclav Varada plays in Frydek-Místek against Sweden, and on Sunday, 22 December it will face Slovakia at Werk Arena in Trinec.
The series of exhibition games will start on 19 December with the Switzerland - Canada in Brno.
Two games are planned for Saturday, 21 December: Germany - Finland in Brno and Russia - Kazakhstan in Kravare. On Sunday, 22 December the game between Sweden and the USA will be played in Cesky Tesin.
Monday, 23 December will be the busiest day of preparation. In Havirov fans will see a game between the USA and Germany. Ostravar Arena in Ostrava will host a game between Canada and Finland. The third game of the day will take place in the Slovak city of Zilina where the Slovak national team will play Russia.
The IIHF World Junior Championship took place three times in the Czech Republic and returns after twelve years. The city of Ostrava will host the event for the second time, Trinec is waiting for its premiere.
Tickets for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship can be purchased online on 2020.worldjuniors.hockey or at ticket offices at Sazka sales points.
Exhibition games prior to the 2020 IIHF World Junior ChampionshipThursday 19 December - Brno (17:30 pm): Switzerland - Canada
Friday 20 December – Frydek Mistek (17:30): Czech Republic – Sweden
Saturday 21 December - Brno (17:00): Germany- Finland, Kravare (19:00): Russia – Kazakhstan
Sunday 22 December - Trinec (14:30): Czech Republic - Slovakia, Cesky Tesin (18:00): Sweden – USA
Monday 23 December - Zilina / SVK (15:00): Slovakia -Russia, Havirov (17:00): USA - Germany, Ostrava (17:30): Canada - Finland