2006 World Junior Championships hockey game

Ten days to go until the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship kicks-off in Vancouver

"We are proud to be welcoming some of the world's best young hockey players and fans from across the globe to our city," said Mayor Kennedy Stewart

December 17 2018 –

Today, Mayor Kennedy Stewart, representatives from the hockey world, and our Sport Hosting Vancouver partners gathered to celebrate the forthcoming 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship which begins December 26.

To mark the countdown to the championship, the flags of all competing nations were raised at City Hall, and Ron Toigo, Co-Chair of the Host Organizing Committee, presented Mayor Stewart with a Hockey Canada jersey.

"We are proud to be welcoming some of the world's best young hockey players and fans from across the globe to our city," said Mayor Kennedy Stewart. "Vancouver has a strong sport-hosting history and major events, such as the World Junior Championship, will go a long way to inspire the next generation to get involved in sport in their community."

Vancouver's sport reputation continues to grow

The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship was identified as a strategic priority for the Sport Hosting Vancouver partnership for its ability to drive international profile and visitation during the shoulder tourism season. The City of Vancouver's international sport reputation has continued to grow stronger since hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics. Recent successful events include the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015, and the inaugural Canada Sevens Rugby event in 2016.

The championship, which is being hosted in both Vancouver and Victoria, will not only provide hockey fans with the chance to see world-class action, it will also create a lasting sport legacy in both cities.

Pre-tournament events

As part of the build-up to the championship, a number of events have been organized including a Free Skate Day on December 1 at Hillcrest and Trout Lake Community centres, and a pre-tournament game between Canada and Finland taking place on December 23 at Rogers Arena.

To celebrate the championship, BC Hockey donated floor-ball equipment to χpey̓ Elementary and held an event at the school which included instructor training for the students and a school assembly with the BC Hockey 100th Anniversary mascot.

Save-On-Foods Ticket Donation Program

Hockey Canada, the City of Vancouver, and Park Board have also collaborated to offer all sports fans the opportunity to attend the championship. Organizations identified by the City and Park Board, and charities who support those in need, will be offered tickets to a variety of games through the Save-On-Foods Ticket Donation Program which allows ticket holders to give back to the community.

Ticket holders of full or half tournament packs can donate seats for games they will not be attending to the ticket donation program and those tickets will be redistributed for free through the organizations and charities identified providing all sports fans the opportunity to enjoy the event.

Tournament kicks off on December 26

The World Junior Hockey Championship will be played in Vancouver and Victoria from December 26 to January 5. The first game will be at Rogers Arena on Boxing Day when Switzerland takes on Czech Republic.

Sport Hosting Vancouver partnership

Tourism Vancouver, along with Vancouver Hotel Destination Association, BC Pavilion Corporation, the University of British Columbia, and the PNE, partnered with the City of Vancouver to form Sport Hosting Vancouver.

Sport Hosting Vancouver is a formal sport-tourism partnership with a collective vision and framework to support the attraction, growth, and development of major sport events in the city.

The proactive formalized sport hosting strategy creates synergy and alignment between hosted events and the City of Vancouver's strategic priorities and community goals including active living, community engagement, and livability.