- The United States has +350 odds to win the Junior Hockey World Championship and won it in 2021 with +300 odds.
- Canada has +125 odds to win the event and has won the gold medal eight times since 2005.
EDMONTON, Canada – Following the delay, the IIHF Junior Championship will take place from August 9-20, and Canada is the current favorite to win the hockey international event, with +125 odds.
The United States took home the gold medal during the 2021 event, and will be looking to win gold in back-to-back years for the first time in the history of the event, and have the second-best odds at +350.
2022 World Junior Odds
- Canada +125
- USA +350
- Russia +400
- Finland +700
- Sweden +700
- Czech Republic +2500
- Germany +10000
- Slovakia +10000
- Switzerland +10000
- Austria +30000
Betting On Canada As The Favorite
Canada is the favorite, having an easier path to the gold medal game than the US team. Playing in the opening round against Latavia, the team with the longest odds, Canada will start the tournament as a heavy betting favorite.
Team Canada has made it to the gold medal game in five of the last seven years and has won the gold medal eight times since 2005.
US Defending Gold As Underdog
The US hockey team will have to face Russia in their first game of the tournament, who has +400 odds to win it all. Since the tournament is not single-game elimination, the first games played by each team do not kill their chances of moving onto the Quarterfinal games but will lengthen their betting odds.
The US hockey team is in a similar potion as last year. They were given +300 odds to win gold in 2021 and was able to beat Canada 2-0 in the final game. Six players are returning from that winning year for 2022.
During the 2019 event, the US secured the silver medal, and Canada was not even in the gold medal game. Finland was able to win the gold with +600 odds, with three gold medals from 2014-2019. During that year, Canada was once again the favorite, at +100.
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Canada was the heavy favorite to win Group A in 2021 (-225 odds), as well as 2020 (-225 odds). In both of these years, Canada won the group.
Betting On The Individual Groups
For the 2022 event, Canada leads as the favorite to win Group A, with -335 odds from online sportsbooks. The only other country with short odds is Finland, sitting at +315.
Canada was the heavy favorite to win Group A in 2021 (-225 odds), as well as 2020 (-225 odds). In both of these years, Canada won their group.
For Group B, The US is barely the favorite, with +150 odds, compared to Russia’s +185. Looking at the past two years, Russia has been the favorite to win Group B over the US, and succeeded in 2020 but failed in 2019 when the US lost in the gold medal game.
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