World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Betting Odds

The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship is the 43rd Ice Hockey World Junior Championship. 

IIHF Hockey 2019

It will start on 26 December 2018 culminating with the gold medal final game being played on 05 January 2019. This will mark the 13th time that Canada, the defending champions, has hosted the IHWJC.

The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship will feature 10 nations split into two groups of five teams.

IIHF Hockey 2019 Betting Tips

As the host nation, defending champions and having won the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships title more times than any other nation, it’s no surprise that Canada goes into the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship as favourites to secure the 18th title.

The USA (winners in 2017) is obviously one of the other main contenders, but it might also be worth noting that Finland has won two of the previous five tournaments (in 2014 and 2016). Russia is another team that consistently challenge in the latter stages of this tournament, although they’ve not won it since 2011. Sweden has crowned champions in 2012 and has been runner-up on three occasions since.

The current outright betting market with Betway Sports is as follows…

  • Canada U20 -112
  • USA U20 +200
  • Finland U20 +500
  • Sweden U20 +500
  • Russia U20 +800
  • Czech Republic U20 +1400
  • Switzerland U20 +5000
  • Slovakia U20 +10000
  • Denmark U20 +20000
  • Kazakhstan U20 +30000

IIHF Hockey Odds – Proline vs Sportsbooks

Unfortunately, Canadians are unable to bet on a number of events using Proline odds today, including the World Junior Hockey Championships. Even were Proline to be available for the tournament, online sportsbooks offer not only significantly more attractive odds (generally in the region of 20-30% better) and the ability to bet on individual games (straight bets are not offered with Proline), but also numerous times the number of prop and game betting options that are available with Proline hockey odds.

Online sportsbooks are also able to offer Canadians teaser bets and line adjustments, not to mention a number of props on the score, alternative spread, margin of victory, correct score, Over / Under player performances and even the ability to bet live.

When all is said and done, there really is no comparison between the betting options and lines offered with Proline and online sportsbooks.

Canada's Top Betting Offers 2018


World Junior Hockey schedule

The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship is split into two groups with five teams in each. The teams play each other once in a round robin format in each group, with the top four teams advancing to the quarter-finals and the bottom team in each group facing off against each other in a three-game playoff. All times quoted are local Pacific Standard Time.

Group A

  • 26 December 2018 – Czech Republic v Switzerland (Rogers Arena – 13:00)
  • 26 December 2018 – Canada v Denmark (Rogers Arena – 17:00)
  • 27 December 2018 – Russia v Denmark (Rogers Arena – 13:00)
  • 27 December 2018 – Switzerland v Canada (Rogers Arena – 17:00)
  • 28 December 2018 – Czech Republic v Russia (Rogers Arena – 17:00)
  • 29 December 2018 – Denmark v Switzerland (Rogers Arena – 13:00)
  • 29 December 2018 – Canada v Czech Republic (Rogers Arena – 17:00)
  • 30 December 2018 – Switzerland v Russia (Rogers Arena – 17:00)
  • 31 December 2018 – Denmark v Czech Republic (Rogers Arena – 13:00)
  • 31 December 2018 – Russia v Canada (Rogers Arena – 17:00)

Group B

  • 26 December 2018 – USA v Slovakia (Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre- 15:30)
  • 26 December 2018 – Finland v Sweden (Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 19:30)
  • 27 December 2018 – Slovakia v Sweden (Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 15:30)
  • 27 December 2018 – Finland v Kazakhstan (Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 19:30)
  • 28 December 2018 – Kazakhstan v USA (Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 19:30)
  • 29 December 2018 – Slovakia v Finland (Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 15:30)
  • 29 December 2018 – Sweden v USA (Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 19:30)
  • 30 December 2018 – Kazakhstan v Slovakia (Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 19:30)
  • 31 December 2018 – Sweden v Kazakhstan (Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 15:30)
  • 31 December 2018 – USA v Finland (Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 19:30)

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Relegation

  • 02 January 2019 – 5th in Group A v 5th in Group B (Rogers Arena – 11:00)
  • 04 January 2019 – 5th in Group A v 5th in Group B (Rogers Arena – 09:00)
  • 05 January 2019 – 5th in Group A v 5th in Group B (Rogers Arena – 09:00)

Quarter-finals

The quarter-final draw will be as follows:

  • 1st in Group A v 4th in Group B – Game 1
  • 2nd in Group B v 3rd in Group A – Game 2
  • 1st in Group B v 4th in Group A – Game 3
  • 2nd in Group A v 3rd in Group B – Game 4

The venues will be as follows, although which game is played where is as yet uncertain.

02 January 2019 – (Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 13:00)

03 January 2019 – (Rogers Arena – 15:30)

02 January 2019 – (Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 17:00)

03 January 2019 – (Rogers Arena – 19:30)

Semi-finals

  • Winner Quarter-final Game 1 v Game 2 – (Rogers Arena – 13:00)
  • Winner Quarter-final Game 3 v Game 4 – (Rogers Arena – 17:00)

Bronze Medal

05 January 2019 – (Rogers Arena – 13:00)

Final

05 January 2019 – (Rogers Arena – 17:00)

World Junior Ice Hockey FAQ

The World Junior Hockey Championships is for players under the age of 20. To be able to feature in the tournament, the player has to have his 20th birthday in the year of the tournament's ending (i.e. born in 1999 for 2019 tournament), and at latest, the fifth year after the tournament's ending (i.e. born in 2004 for 2019 tournament).
Canada has won 17 World Junior Hockey Championships (more than any other nation), plus nine silver medals and five bronze medals.
Canada won the Junior World Hockey 2018 title, beating Sweden 3-1 in the final at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, USA.
The 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship will be held in Canada, specifically at the Rogers Arena (Vancouver) and the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre (Victoria, British Columbia).