Despite it being August, the World Juniors are here, as the IIHF is kicking off the tournament again after it was started, but canceled in December.
Ten teams are competing in Edmonton for the opportunity to bring a gold, silver or bronze medal back home, but there are a few other awards that wil be given out.
In addition to the Directorate awards, given to the Best Forward, Defenseman and Goalie, the tournament MVP award is up for grabs, given to the player deemed to be most valuable.
Trevor Zegras is the most recent winner of the MVP, scoring a goal in the gold medal win for USA over Canada, in addition to leading the tournament in scoring.
Who will take it in 2022? Here is the list of recipients that player will be joining as World Juniors MPV.
The MVP of the tournament has always gone to a member of one of the three teams that received medals, either gold, silver or bronze.
The award differs from the World Juniors Directorate awards, where they are three given —Best Forward, Best Defenseman and Best Goaltender.
It is possible to win both a Directorate award and the MPV, but that’s not always the case. For example, in 2021, Trevor Zegras earned MVP honors, however, the Best Forward award was given to Tim Stutzle.
The 2022 World Junior Championship will take place in Edmonton, Alberta. All games will be played at Rogers Place, home of the Oilers. It is the first time since 1988 that there are not multiple host cities.
In December of last year, when the 2022 tournament originally commenced, it was set for both Edmonton and Red Deer. The games were split between Rogers Place and the Peavey Mart Centrum in Red Deer, home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the 2022 tournament was scheduled to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden. However, it was changed to Edmonton in September of 2020, due to the restrictions put in place with COVID-19. Instead, Gothenburg was reassigned to the 2024 tournament.
This year marks the fourth time Edmonton will host World Juniors games, having previously hosted in 1995, 2012 and 2021.
After the tournament was canceled in December of 2021, the IIHF is trying again for the 2022 edition in August. It will start on Aug. 9 and run for 12 days to Aug. 20.
The group stage starts on Aug. 9 and will take place over the first seven days of the competition. The quarterfinals will all be on Aug. 17, the semifinals on Aug. 19 and the tournament will conclude with the bronze and gold medal games on Aug. 20.
TSN and the NHL Network will once again be home to all of the action for the 2022 World Juniors.
The American audience can view the games live on TV on the NHL Network, or can stream it though fuboTV.
Canadian viewers can watch the competition on TSN, or can stream the games through TSN.ca or in the TSN app.