The IIHF World Junior Championship is scheduled to take place from Friday, December 25, 2020 until Tuesday, January 5, 2021. This tournament will be held in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) with all games played behind closed doors due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to watch the IIHF World Junior Championship online. However, due to geographic restrictions, you may need a VPN to be able to live stream the tournament while traveling abroad.
Please keep in mind that we’re only recommending official sources for watching the IIHF World Junior Championship. Chances are that any unlicensed streams will be of inferior quality. Aside from low resolution and lag, unauthorized streams run the risk of being taken offline for violating copyright. Below, we’ll explore the multiple ways you can live stream the IIHF World Junior Championship with the help of a VPN.
The IIHF World Junior Championship will only be shown on region-locked platforms. If you’re traveling abroad, you’ll need to connect to a VPN to continue watching via your regular home streaming services.
How to watch IIHF World Junior Championship live online with a VPN
Using a VPN allows you to spoof your location and unblock region-locked websites and services. Once connected to a VPN server, you’re assigned a different IP address. For example, connecting to a server in the US means you receive a US IP address. You can then stream the IIHF World Junior Championships even if you’re located abroad.
Here’s how you can live stream IIHF World Junior Championship abroad using a VPN:
- First, you’ll need to sign up with a VPN provider. We recommend NordVPN although Surfshark and ExpressVPN are two solid alternatives for sports streaming.
- Next, download and install the app for the device on which you plan to watch the IIHF World Junior Championships online.
- Open the VPN app (or browser extension) and connect to a server in your preferred country of broadcast.
- Go to the website or service in question. Its content should now be unblocked in your location.
- Note that you may need to clear your browser’s cookies for changes to take effect. If you’re still having trouble, connecting to another server may do the trick.
The IIHF World Junior Championship will broadcast live. You can avoid missing out by testing your VPN with your chosen streaming platform ahead of time. If you have any issues, you can always contact your VPN’s customer support for further assistance.
How to watch IIHF World Junior Championship on US TV
You can watch the IIHF World Junior Championship in the United States on NHL Network. If you have a US cable TV subscription, you may already have access to NHL Network and be able to watch the tournament at no extra cost. However, it’s also possible to stream NHL Network cable-free via FuboTV ($59.99 USD/month plus $10.99/month for Sports Plus) and Sling TV ($30/month plus $10/month for Sports Extra).
Watching the NHL Network outside the US requires the use of a VPN. The reason for this is that all of its content is geo-blocked due to copyright and licensing. By connecting to a server in the US for a US IP address, you’ll be able to watch NHL Network online from anywhere. NordVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee which means you can try it out with NHL Network risk-free. You then have a full 30 days to request a refund if unsatisfied.
Where else can I watch IIHF World Junior Championship online?
TSN is the IIHF’s main broadcast partner for the tournament as well as the main option for watching online in Canada. If you already have TSN as part of your existing TV package, you can simply sign in using your cable TV login details. Alternatively, TSN provides TSN Direct, a streaming service for those looking to watch online without cable. Daily ($7.99 CAD/month), monthly ($19.99) and six-monthly ($99.95) passes are available.
Note that TSN is only available in Canada. To watch TSN online from abroad, you’ll need to connect to a VPN server in Canada due to geo-blocking. Once you have a Canadian IP address, you’ll be able to live stream content as usual without restriction.
The official broadcaster of the IIHF World Junior Championship in Germany is Magenta Sport. If you already have an account, you’ll simply need to log in (while connected to a VPN server in Germany) to be able to live stream tournament matches. Otherwise, various subscription plans are available. The monthly cable-free subscription is priced at €16.53 per month. In comparison, the annual subscription works out at €9.70 monthly). Remember that for streaming Magenta Sport outside Germany, you’ll need a German IP address.
If you’re in Russia, you’ll be able to follow the IIHF World Junior Championship on Channel One as well as Match TV. Unfortunately, if you try to access these channels outside Russia, you’ll come across error messages. This is due to the geographic restrictions on the content. The good news is that this content is unblocked if you use a VPN to connect to a server in Russia to get a Russian IP address.
What should I know about IIHF World Junior Championship?
An annual event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the World Junior Championship features national under-20 ice hockey teams from around the world. The main tournament consists of the top ten ranked nations. However, a further three divisions (Divisions I, II, and III) play in separate tournaments with the prospect of promotion to a higher pool.
The 2021 World Junior Championship will be the 45th edition of the tournament which will be held in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. This makes it the 14th time that Canada will host this sporting event. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship games will be played behind closed doors without the presence of spectators.
Who is the favorite to win the IIHF World Junior Championship?
Canada is the defending champion and is favorite to retain its title in the 2021 tournament. Indeed, Canada has won some 32 medals over the years (18 gold, 9 silver, and 5 bronze) — far more than any other competing country. However, we can also expect the USA, Russia, and Sweden to all be involved in the latter stages of the tournament.