CALGARY, Alta. – Excitement is building with the return of the IIHF World Junior Championship to Canadian ice in just over a year in Edmonton and Red Deer, and fans can be the first in line to access ticket packages.
On Tuesday, the 2021 host committee, in partnership with Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League, officially announced the priority ticket draw for all fans interested in the 45th edition of the World Juniors, Dec. 26, 2020 to Jan. 5, 2021.
“The priority draw is the only way for fans to guarantee their chance to see the tournament live and in person, and we encourage everyone to enter the draw ahead of the Jan. 5 deadline,” said Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties with Hockey Canada. “When Alberta last hosted the championship in 2012, over 175,000 entries were received for the priority draw. Based on the tremendous success of that tournament and the passion for hockey in the province and across the country, we’re expecting another exciting World Juniors.”
Fans can register at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets until the deadline at 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. Fans randomly selected in the priority draw will be notified in early January and given the exclusive opportunity to purchase ticket packages in Edmonton and/or Red Deer.
Edmonton offers two ticket packages of eight games each, both starting at $495. Each package includes two preliminary-round games featuring Canada’s National Junior Team and either the bronze medal game or gold medal game. The Red Deer ticket package starts at $490 and features 16 games, including two pre-tournament games featuring Canada’s National Junior Team, 10 preliminary-round games and two quarter-finals.
In the year since announcing the return of the World Juniors to Alberta, a tremendous amount of work has already gone into ensuring another world-class event for the teams, volunteers and fans of this Canadian holiday tradition. The work includes the hiring of Riley Wiwchar (Comox, B.C.) as executive director of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, Kevin Radomski (Edmonton) as venue director and Tyler King (South Fredericksburgh, Ont.) as logistics manager.
Additionally, Terry and Grace O’Flynn, who are heavily involved with various charities and boards in Edmonton, have been named co-chairs for the international hockey showcase.
“What I am most excited about is bringing together communities across Northern Alberta through the people who really are the lifeblood and the fabric of this event,” said Terry. “I have no question our community leaders will step up to take this tournament to the next level.”
For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team and the IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along through social media on Facebook, Twitter and #WorldJuniors.