My favorite Latvia
2017 IIHF U20 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship:
- Group Toronto - Russia, USA, Canada, Slovakia, Latvia
- Group Montreal - Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Denmark, Switzerland
- In 2014 U18 D1A WCh Latvian U18 hockey team earned a promotion to play in 2015 U18 TOP division WCh.
- In 2015 U18 TOP division WCh which happened in Canada, Latvian U18 hockey team played superb and saved in relegation round.
- in 2016 U20 D1A WCh Latvian U20 hockey team earned a promotion to play in 2017 U20 TOP division WCh which will happen in Canada. From this WCh roster 12 players are eligable for 2017 U20 WCH.
But wait, I have almost forgetten to mention the terrible 2015 U20 WCh which was the most terrible since 2004 U20 WCh. And that terrible WCh was wakeup call for Latvian Hockey Federation, four coaches and team manager was relieved from duties and this 2015 U20 WCh was taken more seariously than some other WCh before. But that terrible tournament was on team staff conscience not players fault.
Latvian junior hockey player eligibility for future hockey World Championships(2)
The other favorite
Top-7 Attendance IIHF World Junior Championship in Europe (4)
Helsinki did not only attract a full house for the Finnish team. Games featuring other teams were better attended than in past European editions of the World Juniors, and that made the biggest difference in terms of increasing the numbers.
The record will last at least for four years. In 2020, the Czech Republic will become the next European country to host the IIHF World Junior Championship at venues to be determined. After setting a new IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship record last May in Prague and Ostrava with 741,690 fans attending 64 games, the Czechs will surely be motivated to work on another great World Junior Championship.
The all-time World Junior Championship attendance record was established in 2012 when Calgary and Edmonton had 453,282 spectators at the arenas and 571,000 tickets sold.
- Helsinki, Finland, 2016, 215,225 total, 7,174 average
- Malmo, Sweden, 2014, 144,268 total, 4,653 average
- Helsinki & Hameenlinna, Finland, 1998, 139,680 total, 4,108 average
- Helsinki & Hameenlinna, Finland, 2004, 116,556 total, 3,760 average
- Pardubice & Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic, 2002, 111,128 total, 3,268 average
- Ufa, Russia, 2013, 110,175 total, 3,554 average
- Pardubice & Liberec, Czech Republic, 2008, 103,179 total, 3,328 average
Gold Medal game
Article's title image - http://www.lhf.lv/20122015-stals_mes_austrija_bijam_labaka_izlase_un
The other favorites image - HELSINKI, FINLAND - JANUARY 5: Finland flag is raised for their national anthem after a 4-3 win over Team Russia during gold medal game action at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Photo by Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
1 - http://oscarscards.weebly.com/blog/sweet-under-18
2 - http://www.iihf.com/fileadmin/user_upload/PDF/Sport/IIHF_Official_Rule_Book_2014-18_Web_V6.pdf
3 - http://www.eliteprospects.com/league_total.php?season=%&leagueid=WJC-20&leagueteam=&nation=&sort=u18
4 - http://www.worldjunior2016.com/en/news/215225-fans-in-helsinki/