The IIHF U18 Women’s Ice Hockey World Championship — last held in 2020 — is finally(!) taking place again this week. Madison, Wisconsin will host this year’s tournament June 6-13 with games at the University of Wisconsin’s LaBahn Arena and Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena.
Below is a full match schedule and tournament format details, as well as some quick facts about this year’s U18 Women’s World Cup. This guide will be updated with results and scores as the tournament progresses.
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How to watch the 2022 U18 Women’s Ice Hockey World Championship
The last time this tournament was played in 2020, viewers watched at home via a doorbell-style camera stream.
More than two years later, the viewing experience has been greatly improved. For the first time ever, the tournament will be televised live in the United States.
All US games are broadcast on NHL Network, either live or with tape delay. In the event of a game with tape delay, ESPN+ will provide live coverage in the US
According to a USA Hockey press release, ESPN+ will also stream “other select games at LaBahn Arena.” Additionally, HockeyTV.com will broadcast all games, although some will be redacted due to broadcast rights.
USA Hockey’s website has a column on how (and where) to watch every Team USA game.
For fans interested in attending the U18 Worlds in person, tickets to the tournament can be purchased through these links: LaBahn Arena Tickets | Tickets for Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena
U18 Women’s Ice Hockey World Championship 2022 – Tournament schedule, results and standings:
Monday June 6th:
- 5 p.m. ET – Group B – SLOVAKIA vs. CZECH REPUBLIC (CZE won 4-0)
- 5pm ET – Group A – CANADA vs FINLAND (FIN won 2-0)
- 9pm ET – Group B – SWITZERLAND vs. GERMANY (GER won 1-0)
- 9 p.m. ET – Group A – SWEDEN vs. UNITED STATES (USA won 6-1)
Tuesday, June 7th:
- 5 p.m. ET – Group B – CZECH REPUBLIC vs. GERMANY (CZE won 6-2)
- 5 p.m. ET – Group A – CANADA vs. SWEDEN (CAN won 3-1)
- 9pm ET – Group B – SWITZERLAND vs SLOVAKIA (SUI won 3-1)
- 9pm ET – Group A – UNITED STATES vs FINLAND (USA won 5-0)
Thursday, June 9th:
- 5pm ET – Group B – CZECH REPUBLIC vs. SWITZERLAND
- 5pm ET – Group A – FINLAND vs SWEDEN
- 9pm ET – Group B – GERMANY vs SLOVAKIA
- 9pm ET – Group A – UNITED STATES v CANADA
Friday June 10th:
- 5 p.m. ET – Playoff Match #1 (Best-of-Three Series)
- 5 p.m. ET – Quarterfinals #1
- 9 p.m. ET – Quarterfinals #2
Sunday June 12:
- 3:30 p.m. ET – Semifinals #1
- 3:30 p.m. ET – Rules Game #2 (Best-of-Three Series)
- 7:30 p.m. ET – Semifinals #2
- 7:30 p.m. ET – Fifth place game
Monday, June 13:
- 3:30pm ET – Rules Game #3 (if required – best of three series)
- 4:30 p.m. ET – Bronze Medal Game
- 8:30 p.m. ET – Gold Medal Game
Tournament format of the U18 Women’s Ice Hockey World Championship
Just like women’s hockey at the Olympics and World Seniors, the U18 World Women’s Championship uses weighted pools, with the top four teams competing in Group A.
- Group A: United States, Canada, Finland, Sweden
- Group B: Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany, Slovakia
At the end of the group game:
- The top two teams in Group A will receive a bye to the semi-final round
- The bottom two teams in group A and the top two teams in group B play in the quarter-finals
- The two remaining teams in Group B play a best-of-three relegation series. The losing team is relegated to the lower division tournament, Division I
More details on the tournament format, including overtime and penalty shootout rules, can be found on the IIHF website.
Refresher: How did the 2022 U18 Women’s World Cup come to be held in Madison?
The IIHF Women’s U18 World Ice Hockey Championship was last played in January 2020, before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, the U18 Women’s World Championship was the only top-level IIHF World Championship event to be cancelled. This year’s tournament was originally scheduled to be held in Sweden in January, but on December 24, 2021, the IIHF announced it was canceling the tournament due to rising omicron cases.
After uproar in the women’s hockey community and questions about why the tournament was canceled — rather than postponed — USA Hockey announced in March that it was stepping up to hold the event.
“We were able to step into the void and take this event and make it happen,” said USA Hockey Executive Director Pat Keller said in March. “The U18 World Championship is very important for girls’ football, women’s football and hockey in general around the world – and especially here in the USA [with all] the programs we run.”
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