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Montreal and Toronto to co-host World Juniors in 2015 and 2017

Jun 19, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

Hockey Canada

The fine folks at the The Hockey News were first to report the news about the 2015 and 2017 World Junior Championships, so here it is in their own words:

Hockey Canada is expected to announce Thursday that Toronto and Montreal will co-host the 2015 and ’17 tournaments, the next two times the event will be held in Canada. According to sources, the cities will co-host both tournaments, with Toronto getting the medal round and gold medal game in 2015 and Montreal getting the medal round and gold medal game in 2017.

The last time Canada hosted the tournament was 2012, when Edmonton and Calgary set an attendance record by drawing a total of 571,539 fans.

Next year’s tournament will be held in Malmo, Sweden.

Montreal has hosted the tourney once before, in 1978 (featuring Wayne Gretzky looking like this and final scores like Soviet Union 18, Switzerland 1).

Toronto has never hosted; the closest it’s been is Hamilton.

  1. Josh. - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    So glad these two great junior hockey markets, having supported OHL and QMJHL teams so very well over the years, will finally get the rewards they deserve.

    Seriously, screw this. Put the tournament back in places like London, Halifax and Kelowna – towns that have actually done something to earn it.

  2. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 19, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Canada is the best, and should be the only country to host the worlds jr. No country will ever draw as many fans, and hockey, after all is Canada’s sport. Go thumbs down! Canada constantly produces the best hockey players, and they develop many who jone the three junior leagues from abroad, including the US.

    • billyhauntswizards - Jun 19, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      Canada is the best at hockey, but no need to say only they should host the WJC’s. Russia, Sweden and places like Finland and the Czech deserve it too.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 19, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        Well. Attendance figures show Canada is ahead. Not sure other countries deserve to hold the worlds, but it certainly is fair that other countries have a chance to host. The economic ramifications are welcome by all who host no doubt.

  3. r8rbhawk - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Good, this will just make it that much sweeter when our American boys beat Canada on their home ice.

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