2012 World Junior Hockey Championships on TSN

Once again this year TSN and TSN2 will provide complete coverage of the World Junior Hockey Championships beginning on Boxing Day. TSN and TSN2 will combine to show 23 games at this year’s World Juniors in Calgary and Edmonton. Here is some of TSN’s press release with details.

‘Tis the season for holiday traditions and TSN rolls out a doozy, as Canada’s Sports Leader heads to Edmonton and Calgary to deliver live coverage of the 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP. With multi-platform coverage on TSN, TSN2, TSN.ca, TSN Mobile TV and TSN Radio, hockey fans from coast to coast can cheer on Team Canada every step of the way when it goes for gold at the World Juniors.

In total, TSN will produce 26 games with exclusive live coverage of every Team Canada round-robin game, the quarter-final and semifinal match-ups, and the Bronze and Gold medal games. TSN’s 26-game schedule also includes live coverage of three Team Canada pre-competition games and 13 round-robin games not involving Team Canada. Prior to every Team Canada tournament game, TSN broadcasts a 30-minute pre-game show.

TSN’s coverage of the 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP features James Duthie live on location in Edmonton and Calgary to host pre- and post-game shows – as well as intermissions – alongside Hockey Insider and leading junior hockey expert Bob McKenzie.

TSN game analyst Ray Ferraro makes his World Juniors debut this year calling all Team Canada games with play-by-play commentator Gord Miller. This marks the 11th consecutive year that Miller is in the broadcast booth for the event. Joining Miller and Ferraro is reporter Farhan Lalji, who is rinkside for Team Canada games.

Also featured in the booth are play-by-play commentator Dave Randorf and game analyst Craig Button, who call the action for other round-robin match-ups. New TSN recruit and former St. Louis Blues’ head coach Davis Payne, a native of Port Alberni, BC, provides analysis for these games from the TSN studio.

For American readers, Puck the Media has information of coverage in the United States on NHL Network.

Continue after the break for the complete TSN and TSN2 schedule.

2012 World Junior Hockey Championships on TSN
*Monday 12/19, 9:00pm – Canada vs. Finland – TSN2
*Thursday 12/22, 9:00pm – Canada vs. Suisse – TSN2
*Friday 12/23, 9:30pm – Canada vs. Sweden – TSN2

Monday 12/26, 3:30pm – Canada vs. Finland – TSN
Monday 12/26, 5:30pm – Sweden vs. Latvia – TSN2
Monday 12/26, 8:00pm – United States vs. Denmark – TSN2
Monday 12/26, 10:30pm – Suisse vs. Russia – TSN2
Tuesday 12/27, 8:00pm – Czech Republic vs. Denmark – TSN
Wednesday 12/28, 3:30pm – United States vs. Finland – TSN
Wednesday 12/28, 5:30pm – Sweden vs. Suisse – TSN2
Wednesday 12/28, 8:00pm – Canada vs. Czech Republic – TSN
Wednesday 12/28, 10:00pm – Russia vs. Slovakia – TSN2
Thursday 12/29, 8:00pm – Denmark vs. Canada – TSN
Thursday 12/29, 10:00pm – Latvia vs. Russia – TSN2
Friday 12/30, 3:30pm – United States vs. Czech Republic – TSN
Friday 12/30, 5:30pm – Sweden vs. Slovakia – TSN2
Friday 13/30, 8:00pm – Finland vs. Denmark – TSN2
Saturday 12/31, 4:00pm – Czech Republic vs. Finland – TSN
Saturday 12/31, 8:00pm – Canada vs. United States – TSN
Saturday 12/31, 10:00pm – Russia vs. Sweden – TSN2
Monday 1/2, 5:00pm – Quarter Final #1 – TSN
Monday 1/2, 9:00pm – Quarter Final #2 – TSN
Tuesday 1/3, 5:00pm – Semi Final #1 – TSN
Tuesday 1/3, 9:00pm – Semi Final #2 – TSN
Thursday 1/5, 3:30pm – 3rd Place Game – TSN
Thursday 1/5, 8:00pm – Championship Game – TSN

*Pre-tournament exhibition games


23 thoughts on “2012 World Junior Hockey Championships on TSN

  1. Curious that your posting has the French spelling for Switzerland (Suisse) and none of the other countries are like this. Any particular reason?

    • I just prefer it. It’s the spelling they use on their jerseys. Its an official language in Switzerland and Canada. I guess those are my main reasons. I use the French for other French speaking countries like Cote d’Ivorie as well.

      • Ah, being of Swiss lineage from the German speaking part of Switzerland it just struck me as odd that’s all :) (Though I myself was born here both my parents emigrated to Canada from Switzerland in the 1960’s)

  2. I much prefer to watch the Spengler Cup over this garbage of a tournament. At least those guys respect the game and compete because they love their country.

    Once the entitled pricks who make up our “jr team” stop blowing out Team Uzbekistan (or whoever it’ll be this year) 17-0 while simultaneously delivering cheap shots behind the play, I’ll watch.

    • Hmm… I kinda see your point, but when there is such a large difference in ability between the two teams, what can Canada do? Stop shooting on net once the lead gets too big? Yes you can give the fourth line more time, mix up the lines a bit, but once the forwards are past the defense and five feet from the goalie, you can’t tell the player not to shoot. Just skate around with the puck? Seems like that would be even more insulting to the opponents. The weak nations know they won’t be pretty, but I bet they look at the small victories – can they beat Canada over one period? Mercy rule? That could work, although then Canada would probably press harder in order to finish the game quickly.

    • Its not a matter of not respecting the game it has to do with iihf rules one of the tie breakers is goals for so canada is tied with the states both 4-0 but the states has more goals they get the bye to the smei finals.

      • That’s less of an issue now. Because games can’t finish in ties anymore (even round-robin games go to shootouts), if there is a two-way tie, the winner of that game finishes ahead. If three or more teams are tied, they go by number of points in the games played among the tied teams, and then goal differential in those games, then goals for in those games. If that doesn’t solve it, they add the games involving the best-ranked team in the group that is not involved in the tie, and start again. (This is from Hockey Canada’s WJHC media guide.)

        So beating the doormats 17-0 won’t help. Beating Russia or the USA 17-0 will help, but then, I don’t think people will grumble if we clobber the Russians.

        • You really think just giving up say after scoring 8 not playing much would be respecting the sport?

          • If you’re asking me, read my initial reply. Easing off the gas pedal is fine, giving your fourth line more ice time is fine and I’d say respectful to the sport. My point was that going for that 15th goal against Denmark, for the sake of improving your goal differential for a tiebreaker, means little now because it is highly unlikely that it will figure in a tiebreaker.

            If you’re asking Chuck, I’m anxious to see his response.

            • It’s not so much the blowing out I don’t like – I can understand wanting to win by a healthy margin to improve your chances of a bye – it’s more the cheap play and dirty tactics. A few years ago (I think it was 2009 in Ottawa) the Kazakhstan Jr team did a bunch of private fundraising to get to the tournament (and apparently had to borrow twigs and tape from the other teams because they couldn’t afford them); the Canadians not only drove the score up but I remember them taunting the Kazak players and hacking at their feet behind the play. How can we forget this beauty team Captain (read: leader) Patrice Cormier dished out on Anton Rodin a few years back: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVMKC5R9tmA&feature=related (at 0:40). It’s garbage like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8_C73cyvLo (at 1:11) that embarrasses me.

              Look, I know tournaments can get chippy. I know these guys are young and competitive. I know that it’s not limited to the Canadian team. But I also know that guys who play at this level are smug, cocky and big f***ing deals in their hometowns. There’s no need to jump around like Mike Foligno after scoring the team’s 10th goal – I mean Jesus, act like you’ve scored a goal before – have a little fist-pump celey and line up for the face-off. When you’re playing on the world stage and representing your country, have some respect for your opponents and the integrity of the game.

              Watch 5 minutes of a Canadian game next week and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

              • Most of your examples aren’t so much of a trend. Cheap shots happen in every league. Just look at the NHL. I’m sure there will be more cheap shots in the NHL over the next two weeks than the Juniors. Of course more people will be suspended at the Juniors because the IIHF has stricter policies (a head shot is an automatic match penalty and suspension I think).

                I’ve never seen Canada celebrate after the 10th goal. The clip you showed was against the US, Canada was losing. Was it stupid, of course, but it was stupid from both the Americans and Canadians.

                • There’s no question that every league in every sport has its fair share of cheap shots and I’m obviously exaggerating on the 10th goal reference. However, winning or losing, I don’t believe there’s any place for hot-dogging in hockey – especially on the world stage. Maybe I see things differently, but I’m of the mind that Canada is supposed to be championing the game as one of the sport’s leaders and as such should play the game with integrity. IMO, these types of things reflect poorly on the players, the organization and the fans that egg them on.

                  • Chuck you’re a f*cking twirp…. wow you’re so unique, your opinions are so inspiring…….enjoy the Spengler cup

    • I don’t really agree with this. Denmark is probably the only team who Canada will blow out. The games against Finland and the US should be good. The game against the Czech Republic probably will be close as well.

      There are lots of good games in the World Juniors. Russia, Sweden and Switzerland are all good. Group B is going to be great to watch.

      Having said that, the Spengler Cup is great too.

    • Just a for what it’s worth, Canada is demolishing a Czech team at the Spengler Cup right now. It doesn’t only happen at the IIHF U20s.

  3. Even though Pierre McGuire is on Versus and NBC, I thought he was also going back to do the World Juniors?

  4. I’ll probably be “thumbs downed” for this but personally I’m not a big fan of the TSN Tourna… I mean the World Junior tournament. There’s usually not much doubt that Canada is going to beat almost everybody except for the US and Russia which are the only “real” tests. Plus the rest of the world doesn’t really care about the Juniors, it’s basically a chest thumping session for us Canadians and TSN has marketed it brilliantly. The worlds in May is of more importance everywhere else except North America because of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

    • I actually agree with you. I don’t “hate” this tournament, but I’ve never made a point of watching it. It does seem to be on when I visit friends and family over the holidays, and I don’t mind watching along and cheering on the Canadians. But I’ve never been big on it. I watched a movie during the final last January, and followed the Canadian collapse through my friends on Facebook. I do get turned off with the buildup – that “6:00am phone call” thing which is presented as the worst moment of their lives, being told that they can’t play in the tournament. Trust me, there are worse phone calls to get at 6:00am than “sorry, you are cut from the team”.

      And I’ve lived in Europe, the Worlds in May are a very big deal there, but no one I spoke to knew or cared about the under-20 championship (as it is known there). It is certainly all about Canada.

      • I usually make a point of watching it, but only because it is better than middle of the season NHL and (most) meaningless college football bowl games. I don’t go way out of my way to make sure I’m in front of a TV to watch it though.

        To be honest, I don’t watch it because its big in Canada, or because its not big everywhere else. I like seeing future NHL players, whether they be Canadian, American, Russian, Swedish or Slovak etc, I completely ignore the hype for the most part. I’m sure I couldn’t name more than 5 Canadian players without looking it up.

        The Worlds are great, except that they’re on at a terrible time here in Canada.

    • Respectfully, I must disagree, there are other teams that can beat Canada if the other teams stick to their game and not get pulled in to playing Canada’s style (which relies a lot on power and goaltending)

      Canada may win, but it won’t be a cakewalk

  5. I absolutely love the World Juniors. Personally, I find the tournament more exciting than the NHL. I find it more fast-paced , and just overall more exciting. I was at the exhibition game vs. Finland on Monday, and I was very impressed. Its hard to describe, but it’s just so exciting. To prove my point about the game being faster, the game was over in 2 hours and 5 minutes. NHL games are usually at least 2 and a half hours. World Juniors games have less whistles, it’s just end-to-end when it’s 2 good teams. And 8 out of 10 teams in this tournament are actually quite good, and should be competitive. (Denmark and Latvia being the ones that aren’t)

    • Another big reason for quicker games at the World Juniors is that the IIHF has shorter commercial breaks. There was a time when there was no commercial breaks at all for the Juniors, TSN had to take a couple quick breaks a period and hope to come back on time, but I think there are now. There still are no built in commercial breaks for Olympic hockey and the World Championships.

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