Edit The tournament was first held in — were not official tournaments. The USSR won the first four official tournaments, while the Canadians put together five straight championships between and , and another five straight from to Head-to-head matches between these two countries are always much anticipated.
In addition to the domination of gold medals by these two countries, Canada and Russia and its predecessor are joined by the Czech Republic and its predecessor Czechoslovakia , Finland , Sweden , and the United States in dominating the medals overall.
Kasperi Kapanen has just two points thus far.
Among them, these six nations have taken every medal in the history of the tournament with the exception of two bronze medals for Slovakia and one bronze medal for Switzerland. When it began, the World Junior Championship was a relatively obscure tournament.
It has since grown in prestige, particularly in Canada , where the tournament ranks as one of the most important events on the sports calendar and during the holiday season.
Globe and Mail writer Bruce Dowbiggin credits TSN , along with Canada's strong performance at the tournament, for turning it from an obscure non-event when it acquired the rights in which, however, also began growing in prominence due to the Punch-up in Piestany to one of Canada's most beloved annual sports events, and at the same time cementing the link between Canadian nationalism and hockey, and inspiring the NHL's Winter Classic   Based on increasing attendances for countries repeatedly hosting the event, the popularity of the tournament seems to be growing in other nations as well.
At editions of the tournament held in the country, Team Canada matches have consistently sold out, offering large profit guarantees to Hockey Canada and the IIHF.
The Soviet Union's Evgeny Davydov then came off the bench, eventually leading to both benches emptying. The officials, unable to break up the fight, left the ice and eventually tried shutting off the arena lights, but the brawl lasted for 20 minutes before the IIHF declared the game null and void.
A minute emergency meeting was held, resulting in the delegates voting 7—1 the sole dissenter was Canadian Dennis McDonald to eject both teams from the tournament.
The Canadian team chose to leave rather than stay for the end-of-tournament dinner, from which the Soviet team was banned. While the Soviets were out of medal contention, Canada was playing for the gold medal, and were leading 4—2 at the time of the brawl.
The gold medal ultimately went to Finland, hosts Czechoslovakia took the silver and Sweden, who had previously been eliminated from medal contention, was awarded the bronze.