World ju­niors go­ing to Al­berta

Ed­mon­ton, Red Deer to host 2021 cham­pi­onship

Journal Pioneer - - SPORTS -

Ed­mon­ton and Red Deer, Alta., will host the 2021 world ju­nior hockey cham­pi­onship, Hockey Canada an­nounced Thurs­day. It will mark the tour­na­ment’s re­turn to Al­berta for the first time since Cal­gary and Ed­mon­ton co­hosted the 2012 event, draw­ing a record 455,342 fans.

Red Deer, lo­cated near the mid­way point of the Cal­gary-Ed­mon­ton cor­ri­dor, was the pri­mary host of the 1995 cham­pi­onship, with some games played in other cities and towns in cen­tral Al­berta.

“To re­turn to Al­berta is an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity for Hockey Canada and the IIHF (In­ter­na­tional Ice Hockey Fed­er­a­tion) World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship,” Scott Smith, pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Hockey Canada, said in a state­ment. “The prov­ince of Al­berta and the cities of Ed­mon­ton and Red Deer have a his­tory of host­ing suc­cess­ful, world-class events.

“We are con­fi­dent in this com­mit­tee’s abil­ity to suc­cess­fully ex­e­cute on its vi­sion for the 2021 IIHF World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship, and we look for­ward to work­ing with them to en­sure we leave a last­ing legacy in Al­berta and across the coun­try that helps us con­tinue to grow and foster the game from the grass­roots to elite lev­els.”

Canada will host the world ju­nior cham­pi­onship for the 13th time when the 2019 tour­na­ment kicks off on Box­ing Day in Vic­to­ria and Van­cou­ver.

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