Hockey Canada launches priority ticket draw for next year's World Juniors in Alberta

Dec 10 2019, 10:56 am

The IIHF World Junior Championship is coming to Alberta next year, and you could be one of the first people to get your hands on some tickets.

The 2021 host committee, in partnership with Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League, has announced that fans can now enter a draw to purchase advance tickets to the tournament.

The 45th edition of the World Juniors tournament will be taking place in Edmonton and Red Deer from December 26, 2020, to January 5, 2021.

Fans can register online from now until 11:59 pm MT on Sunday, January 5, 2020, and those who are 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.

According to Hockey Canada, 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.

“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 January 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.”

We are about two weeks away from this year’s World Juniors tournament, which is taking place in the Czech Republic.

Canada’s World Junior dreams were crushed last year after a 2-1 loss to Finland in the quarter-finals, but they have a chance to redeem themselves this year — and hopefully keep the good times (and wins) rolling when the tournament returns to Alberta next year.