TORONTO - #HereWeGo, Canada! TSN is home to the nation’s favourite holiday TV tradition, delivering every game of the 2016 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP, as Team Canada travels to Helsinki, Finland looking to defend the gold medal they captured last year on home ice. Canadians can follow Team Canada’s every move on TSN with complete live coverage of the World Juniors from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, with pre-competition games beginning this Saturday, Dec. 19 (click here or see below for complete broadcast schedule).
TSN’s World Juniors broadcast schedule includes:
- All four Team Canada preliminary round games, plus all 16 additional preliminary round matchups
- Every quarter-final and semifinal matchup, as well as the Bronze and Gold medal games
Along with complete live coverage of every Team Canada game, TSN delivers pre-game shows and post-game analysis and opinion, featuring all the latest news, highlights, and reaction from the tournament that puts the country’s top junior players in the national spotlight.
“The World Juniors has become an iconic Canadian holiday tradition,” said Mark Milliere, Senior Vice-President of Production, TSN. “As we prepare once again to deliver wall-to-wall coverage of the tournament over the holidays, we could not be more excited to bring together families, friends, and fans across the country to cheer on Team Canada.”
TSN subscribers can access live streaming and on-demand viewing of the network’s exclusive live coverage of the World Juniors through TSN GO.
Since TSN began airing the World Juniors in 1990-91, the tournament has repeatedly broken audience records, highlighted by the 2015 Gold Medal Game in Toronto featuring Canada vs. Russia, which attracted an average audience of 7.1 million viewers to TSN and RDS, becoming the most-watched broadcast ever on specialty television in Canada.
Host James Duthie and Hockey Insider and leading junior hockey expert Bob McKenzie are live from the TSN Studio to follow Team Canada’s progress in Group A, and also deliver news and analysis throughout the playoffs and Gold Medal Game at the World Juniors. TSN’s Bryan Mudryk and Dave Reid cover Group B throughout the preliminary round. The network’s live post-game coverage features Post2Post contributions from goaltending experts Jamie McLennan and Martin Biron.
Calling all preliminary round Group A games from Helsinki Ice Hall, as well as the playoffs and Gold Medal Game, are play-by-play commentator and 2013 IIHF Paul Loicq Award winner Gord Miller and analyst Ray Ferraro, with Tessa Bonhomme reporting from rinkside.
Calling all preliminary round Group B matchups from Hartwall Arena in Helsinki are play-by-play commentator Dennis Beyak and TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button.
Canada’s #1 sports news program, SPORTSCENTRE, delivers breaking news, highlights, and daily updates from reporter Mark Masters, who is on-site in Finland to cover Team Canada. SPORTSCENTRE also features daily analysis from TSN’s World Juniors panel.
Masters also contributes reports to TIM HORTONS THAT’S HOCKEY and THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE throughout the tournament.
World Juniors Preview Show
Duthie, McKenzie, and Button tee up the tournament during the 2016 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP: PREVIEW SHOW on Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. ET across the TSN Network. The 60-minute preview show includes:
- “Meet Team Canada,” a feature introducing players on Team Canada’s roster
- Button’s complete Bracketology, projecting how preliminary and playoff rounds will play out and predicting medal winners
- Gord Miller and Ray Ferraro contributing segments from Helsinki, with Miller interviewing Team Canada head coach Dave Lowry and looking back on Canada’s woes at the last two World Juniors held in Finland
- A focus on USA superstar Auston Matthews, the consensus #1 prospect for the 2016 draft
- Jamie McLennan breaking down the Team Canada goaltending picture
- Martin Biron stepping between the pipes to challenge Team Canada stars Mitch Marner and Dylan Strome in a head-to-head shootout competition
TSN once again delivers Esso World Junior Hockey on the TSN Radio Network, with 14 stations across Canada joining forces to bring Canadians live radio coverage of the World Juniors. Fans across the country can also listen live wherever they are on the TSN GO mobile app and online at TSN.ca/Radio.
The radio network will be produced by TSN Radio, which operates stations inToronto, Montréal, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Edmonton, Vancouver and Hamilton. Live radio broadcast coverage includes all four of Team Canada’s preliminary round games, plus select quarter-finals, both semifinal matchups, and the Gold Medal Game (click here for complete schedule).
Pre- and post-game shows are hosted by Blake Price, with play-by-play commentator Jon Abbott and analyst Jack Miller deliver the call for all tournament games.
Esso World Junior Hockey on the TSN Radio Network is sponsored by Esso, Wrangler, Sierra Sill, and The Pint.
Along with live radio coverage of Esso World Junior Hockey on the TSN Radio Network, TSN’s team of Hockey Insiders and experts contribute reports to TSN Radio stations throughout the tournament.
TSN complements its exclusive television coverage of the World Juniors with comprehensive coverage on TSN Digital platforms. Highlights include:
- Instant video highlights of Team Canada games posted on Twitter as they happen
- Extensive World Juniors history, featuring the all-time Team Canada player registry, tournament results, and more
- Up-to-the-minute tournament news, scores, and reports, extended video highlights, player profiles and interviews, schedules, statistics, rosters, and photo galleries
- “Hot Button Issues” featuring full game day analysis from TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button
- Rallying Canadians around Team Canada on TSN’s official social media platforms using the hashtag #HereWeGo
TSN Digital content is available on TSN.ca and the TSN GO mobile app.
TSN’s World Juniors broadcast schedule is as follows*:
Wednesday, Dec. 23
- Pre-Competition: Canada vs. Sweden at 12 noon ET on TSN
Saturday, Dec. 26
- Czech Republic vs. Russia at 7 a.m. ET on TSN2
- Switzerland vs. Sweden at 9 a.m. ET on TSN4
- Finland vs. Belarus at 11 a.m. ET on TSN2
- USA vs. Canada at 1 p.m. ET on TSN
Sunday, Dec. 27
- Belarus vs. Slovakia at 9 a.m. ET on TSN1, TSN3, and TSN4
- Denmark vs. Switzerland at 1 p.m. ET on TSN1, TSN3, and TSN4
Monday, Dec. 28
- Slovakia vs. Czech Republic at 7 a.m. ET on TSN2
- Sweden vs. USA at 9 a.m. ET on TSN1 and TSN3
- Russia vs. Finland at 11 a.m. ET on TSN2
- Canada vs. Denmark at 1 p.m. ET on TSN
Tuesday, Dec. 29
- Belarus vs. Russia at 9 a.m. ET on TSN
- Switzerland vs. Canada at 1 p.m. ET on TSN
Wednesday, Dec. 30
- Czech Republic vs. Belarus at 7 a.m. ET on TSN2
- Sweden vs. Denmark at 9 a.m. ET on TSN1, TSN3, and TSN4
- Slovakia vs. Finland at 11 a.m. ET on TSN2
- USA vs. Switzerland at 1 p.m. ET on TSN1, TSN3, and TSN4
Thursday, Dec. 31
- Russia vs. Slovakia at 7 a.m. ET on TSN2
- Denmark vs. USA at 9 a.m. ET on TSN
- Finland vs. Czech Republic at 11 a.m. ET on TSN2
- Canada vs. Sweden at 1 p.m. ET on TSN
Saturday, Jan. 2
- Quarter-final #1 at 7 a.m. ET on TSN
- Quarter-final #2 at 9 a.m. ET on TSN
- Quarter-final #3 at 11 a.m. ET on TSN
- Quarter-final #4 at 1 p.m. ET on TSN
Sunday, Jan. 4
- Semifinal #1 at 9 a.m. ET on TSN
- Semifinal #2 at 1 p.m. ET on TSN
Tuesday, Jan. 5
- Bronze Medal Game at 9 a.m. ET on TSN
- Gold Medal Game at 1:30 p.m. ET on TSN
*Schedule subject to change