U18 Women’s Worlds in Wisconsin
by Martin Merk|21 MAR 2022
The defending champions will also be the hosts of the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship. Pictured is Team USA’s Danielle Burgen, who is eligible to return for 2022, against Canada’s Emilie Lussier.
photo: Steve Kingsman / HHOF-IIHF Images
The IIHF Council has approved to move the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship to the United States.

It is planned that the top female junior players of the world will play for the title in Madison and Middleton in Wisconsin, USA from 6 to 13 June.

The event was originally scheduled in January in Linkoping and Mjolby, Sweden but same as other events in January could not take place due to Covid-19. While Sweden offered to host in 2023 but did not have the opportunity to move the event to dates for this season, the United States will host this year’s edition in June.

With the Council approval, further discussions will soon be held with the participating teams on the staging of the U18 Women’s Worlds and logistics.

The 2,200-seat LaBahn Ice Arena in Madison – home of the University of Wisconsin women’s ice hockey team – is planned as the venue to host Group A of the preliminary round as well as the quarter-final, semi-final and medal games.

The 2,600-seat Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton – home of the USHL’s Madison Capitols and owned by current Dallas Stars player Ryan Suter – is planned as home of Group B of the preliminary round and venue for other classification games.
Welcome to Wisconsin: LaBahn Ice Arena in Madison will host the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship together with Middleton.
photo: Courtesy of USA Hockey
The tournament will be played with a two-tiered preliminary round. The top-4 seeded teams USA, Canada, Finland and Sweden will compete in Group A while Czechia, Switzerland, Germany and Slovakia will play in Group B.

The best two teams from Group A will get a semi-final bye while the teams ranked third and fourth in Group A will play the top-two teams from Group B in a quarter-final game to advance to the semis. One team will be relegated and one team will be promoted.

The United States has won gold in five of the last six editions (2015-2018, 2020) while Canada won the event in 2019. The last U18 Women’s Worlds took place in 2020 in the Slovak capital of Bratislava where the United States defeated Canada 2-1 on Kiara Zanon’s overtime goal.

Established in 2008, the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship will be hosted in the United States for the third time after Woodridge, Illinois in 2010 and Buffalo, New York in 2015.

The final schedule and ticket information will be release in the near future.

While one year was lost in the U18 Worlds both for female and male players due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2022 edition will mark the comeback. Players born in 2004 or later will be eligible to represent their countries in Wisconsin.

The event will also continue the momentum women’s ice hockey gained recently with spectacular play at the last Women’s Worlds and the recent Olympic Winter Games. Later this year the IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship will take place for the first time in an Olympic year scheduled for 26 August to 4 September in Herning and Frederikshavn, Denmark.

Also the planning for the lower divisions of the U18 women’s category, which could also not be played in January, is progressing together with the hosts and participating teams. The Division I Group A will take place soon in Gyor, Hungary from 3-9 April while the Division I Group B in Radenthein, Austria is planned from 5-11 September. The Division II is planned in Istanbul, Turkey in summer. Dates on this division with currently eight teams entered are to be determined.