Four WHL markets to host pre-tournament games for 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship

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On the road to the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, international teams will play 12 pre-tournament games throughout nine communities in British Columbia, including four Western Hockey League markets in December 2018.

Team Canada will play all three of their pre-tournament games in the two host cities of Vancouver and Victoria, B.C. They’ll begin their pre-tournament schedule with games Wednesday, December 19 against Switzerland and Friday, December 21 against Slovakia at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, home of the Victoria Royals.

Canada will then cross over onto the Lower Mainland, playing their final pre-tournament game at Rogers Arena against Finland on Sunday, December 23.

“This series of exhibition games will give thousands of British Columbians the opportunity to see top notch international junior hockey in their home communities,” said Lisa Beare, minister of tourism, arts and culture. “The Province of British Columbia is committed to hosting events like these to help inspire more people to get physically active and to boost local businesses.”

Pre-tournament play in other WHL markets begins Tuesday, December 18 when Russia and Sweden battle at Prospera Place, home of the Kelowna Rockets. Russia will then return to the Sandman Centre, home of the Kamloops Blazers and site of Game One of the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series for a pre-tournament game against the United States on Thursday, December 20.

Both Kelowna and Kamloops hosted Group B action at the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship, featuring Russia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Latvia.

The ceremonial face-off before Game Two of the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series at the Langley Events Centre. Chris Relke/Vancouver Giants

The Langley Events Centre, home of the division and conference-leading Vancouver Giants, will play host to a pre-tournament battle between Denmark and Finland on Wednesday, December 19 followed by a matchup between the United States and the Czech Republic on Saturday, December 22. The arena recently played host to Game Two of the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

Canada’s drive for a second-straight goal begins Wednesday, December 26 (5:00 p.m. PT) as Canada takes on Denmark at Rogers Arena.

Fans can also show their pride this December with a number of ticket options to help them Represent in Vancouver, including single-game tickets which are now available. A limited quantity of full-event ticket packages are available for purchase in Vancouver and Victoria, along with nine- and 10-game ticket pack options available at

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team and the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit, or follow along through social media on FacebookTwitter and #WorldJuniors.

2019 IIHF World Junior Championship pre-tournament schedule: 
Dec. 18, 2018 | Russia vs. Sweden | Prospera Place | Kelowna
Dec. 19, 2018 | Kazakhstan vs. Alberni Valley (BCHL) | Weyerhauser Arena | Port Alberni
Dec. 19, 2018 | Czech Republic vs. Slovakia | Frank Crane Arena | Nanaimo
Dec. 19, 2018 | Denmark vs. Finland | Langley Events Centre | Langley
Dec. 19, 2018 | Canada vs. Switzerland | Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre | Victoria
Dec. 20, 2018 | Russia vs. United States | Sandman Centre | Kamloops
Dec. 21, 2018 | Kazakhstan vs. Switzerland | Weyerhauser Arena | Port Alberni
Dec. 21, 2018 | Canada vs. Slovakia | Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre | Victoria
Dec. 22, 2018 | Denmark vs. Sweden | Prospera Centre | Chilliwack
Dec. 22, 2018 | United States vs. Czech Republic | Langley Events Centre | Langley
Dec. 23, 2018 | Switzerland vs. Russia | Bill Copeland Arena | Burnaby
Dec. 23, 2018 | Canada vs. Finland | Rogers Arena | Vancouver


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