Sweden opens World Juniors vs. Latvia
by Martin Merk|15 FEB 2023
Host Sweden will play its first game at the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship against Latvia.
photo: Chris Tanouye / IIHF
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has released the game schedule for the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The official game schedule was established with the Swedish organizers and other stakeholders including the participating teams during the past five weeks following the conclusion of the last World Juniors in Halifax and Moncton.

The 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship will be hosted in Gothenburg at the two arenas Scandinavium and Frolundaborg from 26 December 2023 to 5 January 2024.

Group A at Scandinavium will start with a game between Finland and defending champion Canada before host Sweden will play Latvia in the evening game. Germany will start into the group one day later against Finland.

“It is an exciting group and I hope it means that Scandinavium will be fully packed,” says Mikael Haglund, the General Secretary of the Organizing Committee. “We have already noticed that the demand for tickets is high, and we expect large audiences in both arenas.”

Group B at Frolundaborg opens with a neighbouring clash between Slovakia and Czechia at noon followed by the USA-Norway game. Switzerland will start the group on 27 December against Slovakia.

The preliminary round will culminate on New Year’s Eve when host Sweden plays against its archrival Finland. The top-four teams of each group will advance to the quarter-finals while the last-ranked team of each group will move to the best-of-three relegation round.

The quarter-finals will be played on 2 January at both arenas with Sweden, if qualified, playing the evening game at Scandinavium. The semi-finals on 4 January and the medal games on 5 January will be played at Scandinavium.

Note: The schedule is applicable as long as the Russian and Belarusian National Teams are not reintegrated into the 2024 IIHF Championship Program.

Click here for the full game schedule.

Sweden will host the IIHF World Juniors for the first time since 2014 and the team is looking forward to playing in front of its home crowd.

“We are already looking forward to competing in this Championship on home ice in Gothenburg. It’s going to be awesome to go for the gold in front of full stands in Scandinavium. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the whole team,” says Swedish U20 National Team Manager Magnus Havelid.

Scandinavium, in the city centre of Gothenburg with a capacity for 12,044 spectators, will serve as primary arena for the IIHF World Juniors while Frolundaborg with a capacity for 6,044 fans is only six kilometres away, making it convenient for fans to attend games in both groups.

In 15 days, on 2 March 2023, tickets for the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship will go on sale with prices ranging from SEK 120 to 750 (approx. €10-70). Tickets can be bought at Ticketmaster.se.