Vancouver and Victoria to host 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship
Published Thursday, December 1, 2016 10:41AM PST
Last Updated Thursday, December 1, 2016 7:21PM PST
One of the world's largest international hockey tournaments will return to B.C. in 2019.
The 2019 IHF Hockey World Junior Championship will be hosted in Vancouver and Victoria, Hockey Canada announced Thursday.
CEO Tom Renney made the official announcement at a 1 p.m. press conference at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
Renney said there were multiple bids to host the prestigious tournament, but B.C.'s was "unique" because it coincides with celebrating 100 years of hockey in British Columbia.
The tournament will be family-friendly, he said, adding they wanted to ensure it would be hosted in a location all 10 teams would have an "exceptional experience."
None of the Team Canada games will be held in Victoria, according to Hockey Canada, but the city will host either Canada's training camp or an exhibition game.
This isn’t the first time the tournament has been hosted on the West Coast: Vancouver last hosted in 2006 at Pacific Coliseum, when Team Canada defeated Team Russia in the gold-medal game.
The 2017 World Junior Championship tournament will be held in Montreal and Toronto.
Victoria will NOT host a Canada game in tournament - but either Canada's training camp or pre-tourney exhibition game #2019WorldJuniors— Jason Pires (@ctv_jasonpires) December 1, 2016