2021 wjc centre ice spotlight

24 days in Edmonton, by the numbers

A facts-and-figures look at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, on and off the ice

Jason La Rose
January 5, 2021

The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship comes to a close Tuesday in Edmonton, as does a rollercoaster journey that has lasted more than two years for the host organizing committee.

Fans watching on TSN see the action on the ice, but the action behind the scenes – especially this year in a bubble – is a major part of welcoming the world to what has become one of the most-watched tournaments on the international hockey calendar.

“When you look at where we started two years ago and where we are finishing today, no one could have predicted the ups and downs,” says Riley Wiwchar, executive director of the 2021 World Juniors. “This year, more than ever, it is about more than the 12 days of hockey; it is about the efforts of more than a thousand people inside and outside the bubble who should be so proud of what they accomplished.”

So what exactly goes into – and comes out of – hosting a once-in-a-lifetime World Juniors? Let’s take a look at the numbers:

0: Attendance for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all 28 tournament games were played without fans in the building.

3: Shutouts for Canadian goaltender Devon Levi, tying the all-time World Juniors record set by Justin Pogge for Canada in 2006.

16: Points for tournament co-leaders Dylan Cozens (Canada) and Trevor Zegras (United States), the most since Jesse Puljujärvi had 17 in 2016, and the first time two players have recorded that many at the same World Juniors since Peter Forsberg (31) and Markus Naslund (24) in 1993.

24: Days spent in the bubble by the final four teams; players and staff arrived to begin quarantine on Dec. 13, were on the ice for their first practices on Dec. 18, began pre-tournament play on Dec. 22 and dropped the puck to open the tournament on Dec. 25.

26: Officials, all of them Canadian, who worked the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

30: Hockey Canada and IIHF World Junior Championship partners who activated during the tournament, including Tim Hortons, OK Tire, Swiss Chalet, Janes, Dairy Farmers of Canada and Spikeball.

44: Volunteers to help the tournament run behind the scenes. Of that, 20 were inside the bubble as part of the transportation, team services and off-ice officials groups. At a typical World Juniors in Canada, the volunteer team would total more than 700.

76: Media availabilities done through Zoom from Dec. 18, the first day teams were out of quarantine, through the semifinals. This includes IIHF press conferences with both teams after each game, and availabilities done by teams prior to games, after practices and on off-days.

82: Staff in the bubble for TSN and RDS to broadcast every pre-tournament, preliminary-round and playoff-round game in Edmonton. This includes everyone from play-by-play man Gord Miller to production runners, camera operators, fibre-optic technicians and make-up artists.

169: Goals scored through the semifinals. The highest single-game total came in Canada’s 16-2 win over Germany on Boxing Day, while the lowest was Slovakia’s 1-0 victory over Switzerland in the opening game of the tournament.

241: Players who dressed for at least one game. The list includes 43 players who were selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft (Canada – 19; United States – 9; Sweden – 6; Russia – 5; Finland – 2; Austria – 1; Germany – 1).

265: Accredited media representing all 10 competing nations. Not surprisingly, Canadian media comprise the largest delegation – 80 media from 33 different media outlets.

593: Individuals who were permanently inside the bubble from the arrival of teams in Dec. 13. That does not include Rogers Place and hotel staff who worked inside the bubble and were tested daily, but were not permanent inhabitants.

762: Days between Edmonton and Red Deer being awarded the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship (Dec. 6, 2018) and the gold medal game between Canada and the United States (Jan. 5, 2021). It has been only 111 days (Sept. 17, 2020) since Hockey Canada and the IIHF announced Edmonton would host all 28 games in a bubble.

1,423: Accreditations issued, which includes all players, team staff, officials, volunteers, Hockey Canada staff, International Ice Hockey Federation staff and venue staff at Rogers Place.

1,569: Minutes of hockey played through the end of the semifinals. Only two games have gone beyond 60 minutes – Germany’s 4-3 win over Slovakia on Dec. 28, and Russia’s 4-3 victory over Sweden on Dec. 30 that snapped the Swedes’ 54-game win streak in the preliminary round.

6,001: Meals delivered to individuals in the bubble during quarantine at the J.W. Marriott and Sutton Place Hotel.

8,720: Towels used by teams and officials during the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. To comply with COVID-19 protocols, each towel was used only once and then laundered.

10,476: COVID-19 tests performed on players, team staff, Hockey Canada staff, International Ice Hockey Federation staff, TSN and volunteers from the start of quarantine on Dec. 13 through Jan. 4.

32,953: Questionnaires completed through the Clear Health Pass app. Everyone inside the bubble was required to complete the questionnaire twice daily and check their temperature before entering Rogers Place.

40,338: Photos taken by Hockey Canada Images photographer Matthew Murnaghan. They included on-ice action, Team Canada headshots, behind-the-scenes exclusives and partner activations.

108,222: Followers of @HC_WJC on Twitter, 13,602 (12.6%) of whom were added in the four weeks from Dec. 8 to Jan. 4. The account had 12,977 mentions, and the 552 tweets sent during those 28 days earned 39,714,132 impressions.

1,483,654: Page views at HockeyCanada.ca on Jan. 4, the highest single-day total ever for the website. In all, there were 7,047,593 views between Dec. 25 and Jan. 4.

24,359,560: Dollar total for the 50/50 draws for all 11 game days through the end of the semifinals, with half the proceeds ($12,179,780) going to the Hockey Alberta Foundation to support grassroots hockey initiatives in the province. The highlight was Jan. 4, with a WJC-record $10,583,345 jackpot.

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

[email protected] 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

[email protected]

Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

[email protected]

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