The IIHF U18 Women’s Ice Hockey World Championship — last held in 2020 — is finally(!) being played again this week. Madison, Wisconsin, is hosting this year’s tournament from June 6-13, with games at LaBahn Arena at the University of Wisconsin and Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena.
See below for a full game schedule and details on the tournament format, plus a few fast facts about this year’s U18 Women’s World Championship.
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How to watch the 2022 U18 Women’s Hockey World Championship
The last time this tournament was played in 2020, viewers at home watched via a doorbell-style camera stream.
Two-plus years later, the viewing experience has gotten a major upgrade. For the first time ever, the tournament will receive live TV coverage in the United States.
All US games will air on NHL Network, either live or on tape delay. In the event of a tape delayed game, ESPN+ will provide live coverage in the US
ESPN+ will also stream “other select games at LaBahn Arena,” according to a USA Hockey press release. In addition, HockeyTV.com will broadcast all games, though some will be blacked out due to broadcast rights.
USA Hockey’s website includes a column to how (and where) to watch every Team USA game.
2022 U18 Women’s Hockey World Championship Tournament Schedule
U18 Women’s World Championship games today, Monday, June 6:
- 5pm ET — Group B — SLOVAKIA vs. CZECH REPUBLIC
- 5pm ET — Group A — CANADA vs. finland
- 9pm ET — Group B — SWITZERLAND vs. germany
- 9pm ET — Group A — SWEDEN vs. UNITED STATES
Tuesday, June 7:
- 5pm ET — Group B — CZECH REPUBLIC vs. germany
- 5pm ET — Group A — CANADA vs. SWEDEN
- 9pm ET — Group B — SWITZERLAND vs. SLOVAKIA
- 9pm ET — Group A — UNITED STATES vs. finland
Thursday, June 9:
- 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 vs. canada
Friday, June 10:
- 5pm ET — Relegation game #1 (best-of-three series)
- 5pm ET — Quarterfinal #1
- 9pm ET — Quarterfinal #2
Sunday, June 12:
- 3:30pm ET — Semifinal #1
- 3:30pm ET — Regulation game #2 (best-of-three series)
- 7:30pm ET — Semifinal #2
- 7:30pm ET — Fifth-place game
Monday, June 13:
- 3:30pm ET — Regulation game #3 (if necessary – best-of-three series)
- 4:30pm ET — Bronze medal game
- 8:30pm ET — Gold medal game
U18 Women’s Hockey World Championship Tournament Format
Just like women’s hockey at the Olympics and senior world championship, the U18 women’s world 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 group play:
- The top two teams in group A will receive a bye to the semifinal round
- The bottom two group A teams and the top two group B teams will play in the quarterfinal round
- The two remaining teams in group B will play a best-of-three relegation series. The losing team will be demoted to the lower-tier, Division I tournament
Additional tournament format details, including overtime and penalty shootout rules, can be found on the IIHF website.
Refresher: How did the 2022 U18 Women’s World Championship come to be played in Madison?
The IIHF Women’s U18 World Ice Hockey Championship was last played in January 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic began.
In 2021, the Women’s U18 World Championship was the only top-level IIHF World Championship event that was canceled. This year’s tournament was initially slated to be played in Sweden in January, but on December 24, 2021, the IIHF announced it was canceling the tournament due to surging omicron cases.
After uproar from the women’s hockey community and questions about why the tournament was canceled — rather than postponed — USA Hockey announced in March that it would be stepping up to hold the event.
“We were able to step into the void and pick up this event and make sure it happened,” USA Hockey Executive Director Pat Kelleher said in March. “The U18 World Championships is very critical to the girls’ game, to the women’s game, and overall to the sport of hockey across the globe – and specifically here in the US [with all] the programs we run.”
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