The IIHF World Junior Championship came to Canada for the first time in 1978, with Montreal - and the fabled Forum - playing host to future stars like Fetisov, Stastny, Naslund and a 16-year-old named Gretzky, who left quite an impression.
Where were you on New Year’s Day 1986? That’s the day Canada’s National Junior Team played its only official IIHF World Junior Championship game in Toronto, taking to the ice at historic Maple Leaf Gardens to take on Finland.
Canada’s National Junior Team will be joined in Montreal for preliminary round play next December by Finland and the United States, the last two countries to win the gold medal at the World Juniors, as well as Germany and Slovakia.
After a two-year hiatus, Denmark will return to the top division of the World Juniors in Toronto and Montreal thanks to its gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship, Division I, Group A tournament in Sanok, Poland in mid-December.