Edmonton and Red Deer are set to co-host the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship. In an announcement made on Thursday, it will be the third time the province of Alberta has hosted the event as Red Deer was the host city in 1995 and Calgary and Edmonton were co-hosts in 2012.
Before Edmonton and Red Deer are co-hosting the event in just over two years from now, Vancouver and Victoria are co-hosting the World Junior Hockey Championship from December 26, 2018 to January 5, 2019. Rogers Arena in Vancouver will host all of the Group A matches, including all of Canada’s games, while Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria will host all of the Group B matches. The quarterfinals will be split between Victoria and Vancouver on January 2, the semifinals will be on January 4 in Vancouver, and the bronze medal and gold medal games will be in Vancouver on January 5.
Team Canada is the defending champion of the World Junior Hockey Championship. Last year in Buffalo, New York, Canada defeated Sweden 3-1 in the gold medal game. Canada was led in the tournament by goaltender Carter Hart of Sherwood Park, Alberta. Hart had a record of five wins, one loss, one shutout, a save percentage of .935 and a goals against average of 1.64. Hart’s shutout came in a 8-0 Canada win over Denmark, where Hart made 18 saves.