Fans watching on TSN see the action on the ice, but the action behind the scenes is a major part of welcoming the world to what is one of the major events on the international hockey calendar.
So what exactly goes into – and comes out of – hosting the World Juniors, in the summer, with all 10 teams in one venue for the second time in three years? Let’s take a look at the numbers:
0: Times Canada and Finland have met for gold at the IIHF World Junior Championship before this year. Despite combining to win six of the last eight world titles, the rivals have never faced off in the tournament finale.
1: Shorthanded goal in the tournament, scored by Czechia forward Martin Rysavy in a 5-1 loss to Canada.
4: Times Canada has won gold an IIHF World Junior Championship by winning every game in regulation time (1995, 2005, 2006, 2015). It can accomplish the feat for a fifth time win a win Saturday.
14: Power-play goals for Finland through its first six games. That represents half of the total goals the Finns have scored in the tournament (28). No other team has more than eight goals with the man advantage.
15: Points for tournament leader Mason McTavish, just the 12th Canadian to reach that total at a single World Juniors. McTavish also leads the tournament with eight goals, two back of the single-tournament Canadian record (John Anderson and Dale McCourt, 1977).
19: Officials assigned to work the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, representing seven countries – Canada (6), United States (4), Finland (3), Czechia (2), Germany (2), Sweden (1) and Switzerland (1).
22: Players who were selected in the first round of the NHL Draft in 2020, 2021 and 2022 (Canada – 8; Sweden – 7; United States – 3; Czechia – 2; Finland – 2).
27: Consecutive losses for Latvia in the preliminary round before its 5-2 victory over Czechia that secured its spot in the quarterfinals for the first time in seven appearances at the World Juniors.
38: Number of times ‘Can’t Stop’ by the Red Hot Chili Peppers has played after a Team Canada goal. The Canadians lead the tournament in scoring, netting 10 more goals than any other team.
54: Faceoff wins in 71 draws for Team Canada centre Logan Stankoven, for a tournament-leading 76.1% win rate. No other player is above 64% (Dominic James of the United States won 63.8%).
165.2: Speed (in kilometres per hour) of the hardest shot recorded in the tournament, by Switzerland defenceman Dario Sidler. That translates to 102.7 miles per hour, just 0.5 mph slower than Victor Hedman’s winning speed in the Hardest Shot competition at the most recent NHL All-Star Weekend.
133: Accredited media representing 10 nations. Not surprisingly, Canadian media comprised the largest delegation – 77 media from 29 different media outlets.
173: Goals scored through the semi-finals, by 90 different players. The highest single-game total came in the Canada’s 11-1 win over Slovakia in the preliminary round, while the lowest was Finland’s 1-0 semi-final triumph over Sweden.
237: Days between the first drop of the puck at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, prior to its cancellation (26 Dec. 2021) and the gold medal game between Canada and Finland (20 Aug. 2022).
240: Players who dressed for at least one game. Of the 219 skaters (forwards and defenders) who were registered prior to the tournament, all but one – Latvia defenceman Peteris Bulans – saw game action. Two teams used all three of their goaltenders – Germany and the United States.
252: Scrapes during TV timeouts by the volunteer ice crew. At the first whistle after the six-minute, 10-minute and 14-minute marks of each period, a team of eight skaters cleared snow in front of both nets and in front of the benches.
911: Social media posts sent across all Hockey Canada platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) from Aug. 9-19. The posts earned 25,241,378 impressions and 1,100,187 engagements.
1,203: Accreditations issued, which includes all players, team staff, officials, volunteers, media, Hockey Canada staff, International Ice Hockey Federation staff and venue staff at Rogers Place.
1,570: Minutes of hockey played through the end of the semifinals. Only two games have gone beyond 60 minutes and both went to shootouts – Finland edged Czechia 4-3 and Slovakia downed Latvia 3-2.
12,960: Volunteer hours worked to help the tournament run behind the scenes. The volunteer team included 96 individuals, working in transportation, team services and off-ice officials, among other groups.
36,746: Photos taken by Hockey Canada Images photographers Matthew Murnaghan and Erica Perreaux. They included on-ice action, Team Canada headshots, behind-the-scenes exclusives and photos in and around Rogers Place.
274,010: Dollar total for the World Juniors 50/50 through the end of the semifinals, with half the proceeds ($137,005) invested in girls’ and women’s hockey initiatives, including hosting opportunities and infrastructure improvements that enable more Canadian girls to get involved in the game and improve their quality of life.
2,446,582: Page views at HockeyCanada.ca from 9-19 Aug.. Traffic to IIHF World Junior Championship section totalled 1,219,919 views, or 49.86% of all web traffic.