CALGARY, Alta. – Calgary and Edmonton have set a new attendance record for the IIHF World Junior
Championship, attracting 571,539 fans from across Canada and around the world to the Saddledome and Rexall
Place over the past 11 days, an average of 18,437 per game.
The total surpasses the previous tournament record of 453,282 set at the 2009 IIHF World Junior
Championship in Ottawa, which averaged 14,622 fans per game.
In addition to the 31 games in Calgary and Edmonton, junior hockey fans across the province got a taste of
international hockey through the pre-competition schedule, which included games in nine communities.
“As a host committee, we truly believe taking games across the province really started the momentum,” said
Al Coates, executive director of the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. “This event began with the slogan
Alberta United, and the great fans from across the province supported not only Team Canada but all 10
Beyond the tournament itself, fans were able to experience the event through the Fan Zone in both Calgary
and Edmonton, school children were able to participate in the World Junior Schools Program and thousands of
participants engaged in Discovery Hockey experiences and on-ice skills camps – every experience designed so
that all Canadians would be able to say ‘I Was There.’
“Hockey Canada’s success in hosting events can be attributed to a number of key stakeholders,” said Hockey
Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson. “It starts with a relentless host committee, which empowered more
than a thousand volunteers to bring the event to life. It is the fan experience that makes the World Juniors
so special for every Canadian.”
The IIHF World Junior Championship will return to Canada in 2015, 2017, 20.
For more information on the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit www.HockeyCanada.ca/2012juniors, or follow along
via social media at www.facebook.com/worldjuniors and www.twitter.com/hc_wjc.