As of October, 2015, the Canadian World Junior hockey team defeated Russia 5-4 to win the gold medal at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario. Canada won even though Russia pulled their goalie and added an extra attacker late in the game. Slovakia triumphed over Sweden 4-2 in the bronze medal game. The United States was knocked out of medal contention in the preliminary rounds by Russia in a 2-3 loss.
During 2015, Denmark's junior hockey team spent its first year at an elite level. Although the team lost to Russia and the Czech Republic, it triumphed over Sweden and reached the quarterfinals of the championship tournament. Denmark finished in eighth place after being defeated by Canada. Slovakia head coach Ernest Bokros led his team to its first bronze medal win since 1999. The Slovakian goalie, Denis Godla, won MVP, Best Goalie and tournament all-star honors for his 2015 performance.
High-scoring forward Sam Reinhart of Canada also made the all-star team after scoring the winning goal against Russia in the gold medal match. Max Domi, the son of former Toronto Maple Leafs player Tie Domi, scored a goal and an assist for Canada in the final match; he was also named Best Forward for the 2015 world championship tournament. Finland, the defending champion, was unable to maintain its dominant position in 2015.
In December 2015 and January 2016, Finland is due to host the world championships at its two largest ice arenas. Group B includes Finland, Russia, Belarus, Slovakia and the Czech Republic; these teams are slated to play at the Hartwall Arena. Canada, Switzerland, the United States, Denmark and Sweden make up 2016's Group A contenders and are designated to play at the Helsinki Ice Hall.