The 2021 World Juniors are over but the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship will return to Alberta.
The 2022 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship (2022 WJHC) will be the 46th edition of the Ice Hockey World Junior Championship. It will begin on December 26, 2021, and will end with the gold medal game being played on January 5, 2022.
Since the 2021 edition couldn’t be played in front of fans in Edmonton and Red Deer as initially planned but in a bubble without spectators in Edmonton due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship will be played in Edmonton and Red Deer instead with the expectation that the situation at that time will allow to hold it with spectators.
The original announcement was made on 17 September 2020 following the approval by the IIHF Council.
It will be the 15th World Juniors to be hosted in Canada and will take place at the recently constructed Rogers Place, the home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL), and at the ENMAX Centrium, home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels.
With the gold medal game of the 2021 World Juniors over, the tentative groups of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship have become known.
Host Canada will play Finland, Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria in Edmonton. The group in Red Deer includes defending champion USA, Russia, Sweden, Slovakia and Switzerland.
The tournament will be played from 26 December 2021 to 5 January 2022. Following a six-day preliminary round until New Year’s Eve the event will continue with the quarter-finals, semi-finals, medal games and relegation games.
Fans who have purchased ticket packages for 2021 and didn’t request a refund will be able to retain the tickets for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship at no additional cost.
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