VANCOUVER & VICTORIA, B.C.
– Canada will face Denmark to open the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship
when the red-and-white hits the ice at home in search of a second-consecutive gold medal this December.
Hockey Canada, on behalf of the IIHF, has unveiled the
full tournament schedule for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, being co-hosted in Vancouver
and Victoria, Dec. 26, 2018 to Jan. 5, 2019.
An event more than 18 months in the making, this Canadian holiday tradition
has been embraced by the province of British Columbia and Canadian hockey
fans by the thousands who have secured their tickets to this bucket-list
“The announcement of the tournament schedule is another indication of how
close we are to puck-drop on Boxing Day,” said tournament director Riley
Wiwchar. “Excitement has been building for months in the province, and that
now extends across the country and around the world as fans get set to
enjoy some of the best international hockey the world has to offer.”
The 10-team tournament features Canada in Group A with the Czech Republic,
Denmark, Russia and Switzerland. Group B is comprised of Finland,
Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States.
Canada opens the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day against
Denmark in Vancouver. Preliminary-round games wrap up on December 31,
during which Canada will also face off against Switzerland, the Czech
Republic, and Russia. The bronze- and gold-medal games will take place on
Saturday, Jan. 5 at Rogers Arena.
Hockey Canada previously announced the launch of two new half-package
ticket options available HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets to
help fans REPRESENT in Vancouver this December.
The 10-game pack (Pack A) includes one pre-competition game, five
preliminary-round games, one relegation-round game, one quarter-final, one semifinal, and
the gold-medal game. This package guarantees one Team Canada
pre-competition game and two Team Canada preliminary-round games.
The nine-game (Pack B) ticket package includes five preliminary-round games, one
relegation-round game, one quarter-final, one semifinal, and the bronze-medal game.
This package also guarantees two Team Canada preliminary-round games. Both ticket
packages can be purchased for as low as $499 (plus fees).
Regional economic impact studies of past IIHF World Junior Championships
hosted in Canada have topped $80 million. In addition, a legacy plan for
the profits of the event will provide for grassroots hockey program support
across the province and throughout Hockey Canada’s 13 regional members, as
well as the CHL.
Limited quantities of full-event ticket packages for both Vancouver and
Victoria are also available for fans to purchase online at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets.
TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will carry
extensive game coverage and analysis throughout the tournament. TSN Radio
will also provide comprehensive tournament coverage; details to be
announced at a later date.
Overall, Canada has captured 17 gold medals (1982, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991,
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2018).
Canada has also won silver 11 times (1975, 1976, 1977, 1986, 1999, 2002,
2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2017), and bronze six times (1974, 1978, 1983,
2000, 2001, 2012).
Hockey fans enjoying World Juniors preview in Kamloops this week
Four of the 10 participating nations – Canada, Finland, Sweden, and the
United States – are on the ice this week in Kamloops, B.C., for the Sport
Chek World Junior Showcase, a summer preview of the high-calibre hockey
fans will see this December.
Hosted at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops, four games remain on the schedule
at the Sport Chek World Junior Showcase, including a Canada-United States
match-up on Sat., Aug. 4, at 2 p.m. PT. All remaining scheduled games are
available on TSN, with individual game tickets available
online or at the Sandman Centre box office for $24.90 plus fees.
For information on the IIHF and the official tournament site, please visit 2019.worldjunior.hockey.
For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team and
the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along
through social media on Facebook, Twitter, and #WorldJuniors.