CALGARY – Hockey Canada has announced that two marquee international hockey events will be coming to Alberta this summer: the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship and 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, presented by RAM.
“While we were disappointed to have not been able to complete the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship as intended in December, our focus quickly shifted to hosting the event again when it was safe to do so,” said Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer of Hockey Canada. “Now, fans will be able to cheer on Team Canada at the World Juniors in Edmonton and at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Red Deer.
“Under the most unique of circumstances, this summer will be unforgettable for Canadian hockey fans, and we cannot wait to drop the puck at both events.”
After being cancelled in December, the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship will return to Rogers Place in Edmonton from Aug. 9-20, in partnership with Oilers Entertainment Group. The results from games played in December will not be carried over to this summer’s World Juniors, and players born in 2002 or later will remain eligible to represent their respective countries.
Austria, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States will form Group A, with Canada, Czechia, Finland, Latvia and Slovakia competing in Group B.
Tournament packages will be available to the general public on May 10 at HockeyCanada.ca, while Hockey Canada Insiders and fans who purchased tickets for the 2021 or 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship will have access to a pre-sale window beginning April 27.
Hosted in partnership with the Red Deer Rebels, the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, presented by RAM, will run from July 31-Aug. 6 at the Peavey Mart Centrium in Red Deer, Alta., marking the first time the best-on-best tournament has been hosted in Canada by one community.
Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team will play its preliminary-round games in Group A against Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland, while Czechia, Finland, Germany and the United States face each other in Group B.
Since its inception in 1991, the event has featured premier under-18 players from some of the world’s greatest hockey nations and has seen Canada win a tournament-record 22 gold medals.
Fans will be able to buy tournament packages beginning April 22 at HockeyCanada.ca.
“We are thrilled to bring these two marquee hockey events to fans in Canada this summer and provide safe environments for the competing teams to chase gold in Alberta,” said Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties for Hockey Canada. “The economic impact of these tournaments will be in the millions of dollars for Edmonton, Red Deer and the Province of Alberta, and we are excited to work with both host communities to establish legacy initiatives that will impact the grassroots game in Alberta for years to come.”
Full tournament and broadcast schedules will be shared at a later date.