Today, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and Hockey Canada announced the status of the 2020/2021 World Junior Hockey Championship, which was scheduled to take place in Red Deer and Edmonton this year.
As a result of the global pandemic, the IIHF and Hockey Canada made the difficult decision to proceed with the tournament, but using a “bubble” model in Edmonton. Unfortunately, this means Red Deer will not host any live games. As a proud partner in World Juniors, The City of Red Deer will still have a visible presence in Edmonton, giving viewers around the world a preview of what is to come. In the coming weeks, we will also look for opportunities to celebrate the tournament’s spirit locally, and bring our community together through the means available to us.
The City of Red Deer fully supports the IIHF and Hockey Canada’s commitment to host the 2021/2022 World Junior Hockey Championship in Red Deer and Edmonton. I know Red Deer will be ready to welcome the world to our community in 2021/2022, and will actively continue our preparations for this incredible opportunity for our city.
I know this is a significant disappointment for many Red Deerians who were excited to share in the World Junior experience in our community this year. While I too am disappointed, the safety and well-being of our citizens, all involved with the tournament, and future guests to our community is priority.
Come December, I know many Red Deerians and our fellow Canadians, myself included, will be unified watching and cheering from home as Team Canada brings home another championship and look forward to the privilege of hosting next year!
For more information, please contact:
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer