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IIHF World Junior Championship heads to Atlantic Canada

Hockey Canada awards 2023 World Juniors to Halifax, N.S., and Moncton, N.B.

May 5, 2022

CALGARY, Alta. – The world’s best under-20 hockey players will have a chance to once again compete for gold on Canadian ice at the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship, just four months after the 2022 edition of the tournament is held in Edmonton, Alta.

Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), who approved hosting rights to Canada, has awarded the prestigious international competition to the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, with the cities of Halifax and Moncton co-hosting the event from Dec. 26, 2022 to Jan. 5, 2023.

“Hosting the World Juniors twice in less than six months is a unique opportunity for our organization and Canadian hockey fans, and with the IIHF’s need to find a host, we were in the position to entertain bids from passionate hockey communities across the country,” said Hockey Canada president and chief operating officer, Scott Smith. “We appreciate the hard work and efforts put forth by the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and we strongly believe in the plans they have in place to host a successful event in Halifax and Moncton. We know the work of the host committees and volunteers will leave a lasting impression on each community, the competing teams and the fans who will travel to experience this best-on-best competition.”

“We are pleased to be able to bring the 2023 World Juniors to Halifax and Moncton,” said IIHF president Luc Tardif. “These are two great cities with top-quality venues and passionate hockey fans who support junior hockey. I commend Hockey Canada for finding two great hosts in such a short amount of time, and am looking forward to the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship.”

Hockey Canada has hosted the IIHF World Junior Championship 15 times since its official inception in 1977, with Atlantic Canada last serving as host in 2003 in Halifax and Sydney, N.S.

“Nova Scotia is thrilled to be selected to host the 2023 World Juniors, which will be the best tournament to date,” said Tim Houston, premier of Nova Scotia. “We are ready to roll out the welcome mat for the players, their families and visiting fans; I’ll be in the arena with thousands of Nova Scotians, cheering at each and every game.”

“We are excited to have partnered with Nova Scotia to win the bid to serve as hosts,” said New Brunswick premier Blaine Higgs. “This world-class event will showcase our province and our region, and we will provide an unforgettable experience for both New Brunswickers and those visiting. We look forward to hosting the players and their families.”

Fans eager to purchase tickets for the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship in Halifax and Moncton can enter the 2023 World Juniors Priority Draw  for their chance to purchase tickets when they become available. Further ticket information will be announced at a later date.

Before tickets go on sale for the 2023 event, fans can take advantage of the unique opportunity to attend the 2022 World Juniors in Edmonton this August. Ticket packages will be available for purchase starting May 10 at Fans can also sign up to become Hockey Insiders and receive ticket information, Team Canada news and access to exclusive pre-sales, contests and promotions.

For more information on Hockey Canada and the IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit, become a Hockey Canada Insider, or follow along via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

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