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The World Junior A Challenge (WJAC) is an international ice hockey tournament sponsored by Hockey Canada, the Canadian Junior A Hockey League, and the International Ice Hockey Federation. The Championship is to display the best-of-the-best at just the Junior "A" level. The tournament is modeled after the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships which displays the best of all Junior-aged hockey players.

This tournament is to showcase players Junior-aged players who play Junior "A" hockey, featuring Canadianmarker born players from teams in the Canadian Junior A Hockey League and representative teams from Russiamarker, Swedenmarker, United Statesmarker, and Belarusmarker.

History

The tournament was created in 2006 through a proposal by the Canadian Junior A Hockey League to Hockey Canada. The idea behind the tournament is to showcase all-star players in the CJAHL to Canadian Hockey League, National Collegiate Athletic Association, and National Hockey League scouts while exposing the players to an international level and style of play.

Canada will be represented by two "all-star" teams of Canadian born players. Canada West will be made up of players from the British Columbia Hockey League, Alberta Junior Hockey League, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Manitoba Junior Hockey League, and the Superior International Junior Hockey League (Hockey Northwestern Ontario). Canada East will feature players from the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League, Central Junior A Hockey League (Ottawa District), Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League, and the Maritime Junior A Hockey League.

The 2006 tournament in Yorkton, Saskatchewanmarker was the inaugural tournament and included teams from Russiamarker, Slovakiamarker, Germanymarker, Belarusmarker, and Canadamarker. Canada East and Canada West outplayed all of their competition. In the tournament semi-final, Canada West crushed Team Slovakia 7-1, meanwhile Canada East defeated the Russians by a score of 5-1. The finals saw a classic showdown between the two Canadian teams: Canada West, featuring players from Thunder Baymarker, Ontariomarker all the way to British Columbiamarker, and Canada East, featuring players from Southern Ontario out to the Maritime Provinces. Led by Kyle Turris, Canada West ran up a 4-0 tally early in the game and held on for a 4-3 victory to win the first ever WJAC Championship.

The second tournament, in 2007, was held in Trail, British Columbiamarker. Hockey Canada announced that at the WJAC 2007, Canada East and West had teams again, as well as Russia, Germany, Belarus. The United Statesmarker was the sixth team in the tournament, but for reasons unknown the Slovakians were not been listed for the 2007 competition.

Champions

For information on the specific tournament, check "Details".
Year Host
2006
Details
Canada West Canada East Russia Yorkton, Saskatchewanmarker
2007
Details
Canada West Canada East United States Trail, British Columbiamarker
2008
Details
United States Canada West Canada East Camrose, Albertamarker
2009
Details
United States Canada West Russia Summerside, Prince Edward Islandmarker


All-time Team Records

All-time Team Records
Rank Team GP W-L-OTL GF GA Medals
1 Canada West 18 13-4-1 89 44 4
2 United Statesmarker 14 11-2-1 68 42 3
3 Canada Eastmarker 17 10-6-1 63 55 3
4 Russiamarker 17 10-7-0 72 59 2
5 Belarusmarker 17 4-12-1 54 108 0
6 Slovakiamarker 5 2-2-1 14 16 0
7 Germanymarker 12 2-10-0 34 62 0
8 Swedenmarker 4 0-3-1 9 17 0


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