December 19, 2007
I've just received confirmation from Dave Fischer, Director of Media & Public Relations for USA Hockey, that the medal round of the 2007 World Junior Hockey Championships from the Czech Republic will be broadcast live (and repeated) on the NHL Network here in the US. The two quarterfinals, both semifinals, and the bronze and gold medal games will be available to viewers.
If you don't have NHL Network, you will be able to listen to every Team USA game on audiocast via the USA Hockey website.
Last year, Direct TV showed most of the Team USA early round games and then all of their medal games, including the classic semifinal against Canada that went to a shoot-out. I'd love to see the USA early round games on Direct TV or NHL Network, which will include a Pool B match-up with Russia. Maybe that can get worked out in the next few days, but time is running out as the tournament begins a week from today, December 26th.
Great job by USA Hockey and the NHL Network to get these games on air. I really enjoyed watching them last year and seeing all of the future NHL talent playing in a high-level competition. Just look at some of the names that were involved last year that are currently on NHL clubs now: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Sam Gagner, Devin Setoguchi, Marc Staal, Kris Letang, Carey Price, Erik Johnson, Peter Mueller, and Jack Johnson, among others.
Here's the schedule for Team USA:
Date Opponent Location Time (Local/EDT)
Dec. 26 Kasakhstan Liberec 4 p.m. / 10 a.m.
Dec. 28 Switzerland Liberec 6 p.m. / Noon
Dec. 29 Russia Liberec 8 p.m. / 2 p.m.
Dec. 31 Finland Liberec 6 p.m. / Noon
Look for a full announcement today or tomorrow and if you want more information, check out the USA Hockey website.