2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

The 27th Ice Hockey World Championships U20 juniors of the International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships were in 2003 in the age group of under- twenties ( U20). In total, between 13 December 2002 and 14 January 2003 39 teams in the six tournaments in the top division and the divisions I to III part.

In its 27th staging of the competition was fundamentally reformed. The top- division mode has been changed slightly, with the team three finals and two relegation round participants playing off into two groups of five. The final round was still played in the knockout system, but with six instead of the previous eight qualifiers. The two losers were in a relegation round instead of the previous games in the knockout system of the two bottom-placed. The divisions I and II were increased from eight to twelve teams and now played in two separate groups of six, from which ascended the respective winners in the above preferred division. The bottom team had to dismount in the division below it.

The world champion was the twelfth time the Russian team that could defeat the final arch-rivals Canada 3-2. The German team was again after the rise in the previous year does not stay in the league and put up at the Division I, Switzerland came in seventh place in the top division and secured the league. Austria was the first in the group B of Division I and rose to the top division.

  • 2.5.1 quarterfinals
  • 2.5.2 game for 5th place
  • 2.5.3 Semi-finals
  • 2.5.4 3rd place match
  • 2.5.5 final
  • 3.1 Group A in Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • 3.2 Group B in Bled, Slovenia
  • 3.3 and losers
  • 4.1 Group A in Miercurea Ciuc, Romania
  • 4.2 Group B in Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro
  • 4.3 and losers
  • 5.1 and losers

Participants, venues and periods

  • Top Division: December 26, 2002 to January 5, 2003 in Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada Participants: Russia, Canada, Canada, Finland, Finland, Switzerland Switzerland, United States of America, Sweden Sweden, Czech Republic Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovakia, Belarus Belarus, Germany Germany
  • Division I Group A: December 27, 2002 to January 2, 2003 in Almaty, Kazakhstan Participants: Ukraine Ukraine, Japan, Japan, Kazakhstan, France, Italy Italy, Croatia Croatia
  • Group B: 16 to 22 December, 2002 in Bled, Slovenia Participants: Austria Austria, Slovenia, Norway, Norway, Latvia Latvia, Denmark, Denmark, Poland, Poland
  • Division II Group A: 6 to 12 January 2003 Miercurea Ciuc, Romania Participants: Estonia, United Kingdom UK, Romania Romania, Lithuania 1989 Lithuania, South Africa South Africa, Bulgaria
  • Group B: December 28, 2002 to January 3, 2003 in Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro Participants: Hungary Hungary, Netherlands Netherlands, Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro, Spain, Iceland Iceland, Mexico Mexico
  • Division III: January 21 to 26, 2003 in İzmit, Turkey Participants: Flag of South Korea South Korea, Belgium, Turkey Turkey, Australia, Luxembourg Luxembourg

Top Division

The U-20 World Championship was held in the Canadian cities of Halifax and Sydney in the province of Nova Scotia on 26 December 2002 to 5 January 2003. It was played at the Metro Centre ( 10,595 seats) in Halifax and the Centre 200 in Sydney with 4,881 seats.

At the tournament was attended ten national teams who played in two groups of five teams. The world champion secured Russia, which won almost in the final with a 3-2 victory over Canada. It was the twelfth title for the Russians and the second in a row.


After the group matches of the preliminary round, the two group winners qualify directly for the semi-finals. The runners-up and third - ever deny a qualifier for the semi-finals. The Fourth and Fifth of the group will contest - if you bring the result of the direct encounter of the first round - the relegation round and thereby determine two relegated to Division I.


Preliminary round

Group A

Group B

Relegation round

Note: The Preliminaries Belarus Belarus - Switzerland Switzerland ( 2:4 ) and Sweden Sweden - Germany Germany ( 7:2 ) are included in the table.

Final round


Match for 5th place


3rd Place Match


Best Scorer

Note: GP = Games, B = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points, / - = Plus / Minus, PIM = penalty minutes; Fat: Turnierbestwert

Best Goalkeeper

Note: GP = Games, TOI = Ice Age ( in minutes), GA = Goals against, SO = shutouts, Sv % = held shots (in%), GAA = Gegentorschnitt; Fat: Turnierbestwert

Final placements

Title, ascent and descent


Division I

Group A in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Group B in Bled, Slovenia

And losers

Division II

Group A Miercurea Ciuc, Romania

Group B in Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro

And losers

Division III

And losers