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The 2021 tournament will start on Christmas Day

The 2021 World Juniors hockey tournament will start on Christmas Day for the first time since 2005, with the Canadians hitting the ice to defend their gold medal for the first time a day later against Germany.

The schedule for the 2021 edition of the annual event hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation was announced Monday, with three games set for Dec. 25 — a day earlier than its regular start date.

The tournament will open on Christmas Day with Switzerland taking on Slovakia, Germany versus Finland, and Russia against the United States, with the Canadians beginning play on Boxing Day against the Germans.Canada, which is part of Group A, will also play Slovakia on Dec. 27, Switzerland on Dec. 29, and its final preliminary-round game on New Year’s Eve against Finland.

Group B is comprised of Austria, Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, and the U.S.


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