Created in 2006 to showcase the talent in the Canadian Junior Hockey League, the World Junior A Challenge includes two Canadian teams – Canada East (NOJHL, OJHL, CCHL, LJHAAAQ, MHL) and Canada West (AJHL, SJHL, MJHL, SIJHL) – and three international entries. In all, nine countries have participated – Belarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

The tournament has quickly become a highlight of the international hockey calendar for NHL scouts. The World Junior A Challenge has produced more than 300 NHL draft picks, including 53 selected in the first round – names like Boeser, Lindholm, Pastrnak, Schwartz, Tarasenko, Turris and Vasilevski.

World Junior A Challenge
Truro, N.S.
Dec. 10-17, 2023
Cornwall, Ont.
Dec. 10-18, 2022
Cornwall, Ont.
Dec. 12-19, 2021
Cornwall, Ont.
Dec. 13-19, 2020
Dawson Creek, B.C.
Dec. 7-15, 2019
Who recorded the most points at a single tournament? Who scored the fastest goal from the start of a game? Who had the longest shutout streak? Get all the answers in the World Junior A Challenge Guide & Record Book.
All-Time Results
Year Gold Silver Bronze Location
2022 USA CAN-E SWE Cornwall, Ont.
2021 Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic Cornwall, Ont.
2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic Cornwall, Ont.
2019 RUS CAN-E USA Dawson Creek, B.C.
2018 USA RUS CAN-W Bonnyville, Alta.
2017 CAN-W USA CZE Truro, N.S.
2016 USA CAN-E RUS Bonnyville, Alta.
2015 CAN-W RUS USA Cobourg & Whitby, Ont.
2014 USA DEN RUS Kindersley, Sask.
2013 USA RUS CAN-W Yarmouth, N.S.
2012 USA CAN-W SUI Yarmouth, N.S.
2011 CAN-W CAN-E USA Langley, B.C.
2010 USA CAN-E SUI Penticton, B.C.
2009 USA CAN W RUS Summerside, P.E.I.
2008 USA CAN-W CAN-E Camrose, Alta.
2007 CAN-W CAN-E USA Trail & Nelson, B.C.
2006 CAN-W CAN-E RUS Yorkton & Humboldt, Sask.
2022 WJAC: Day 6 – Friday, December 16
The U.S. and Sweden won to conclude the preliminary round.
2022 WJAC: Day 5 – Thursday, December 15
Sweden downed Canada West for its first win of the tournament.
2022 WJAC: Day 8 – Sunday, December 18
The U.S. won gold, Canada East got silver and Sweden took bronze.
2022 WJAC: Day 7 – Saturday, December 17
Canada East and the U.S. earned semifinal successes in Cornwall.