Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation Doug Schweitzer and Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women Leela Sharon Aheer issued the following statement on the World Juniors 2021 and 2022 tournaments being played in Edmonton and Red Deer.
“While the World Juniors will look very different this year, the International Ice Hockey Federation’s decision to remain in Alberta is a testament to the success our province has had in hosting global sporting events with the Stanley Cup playoffs and final. Albertans have demonstrated that we can have world-class hockey take place safely, with the maximum possible level of comfort for players and staff.
“With our world-leading testing capacity and excellent facilities within the ICE District like Rogers Place, connected by pedways to hotels, we can ensure that the World Juniors in 2021 follows the success we’ve seen with the NHL bubble.
“For many hockey fans, the World Juniors are a special holiday tradition shared with family and friends, and we are thrilled this long-standing event is going ahead. From puck drop on Boxing Day, Canadians will come together to celebrate their passion for the game as they watch the stars of tomorrow play fast-paced, dramatic hockey.
“We look forward to seeing players from around the world taking shots on net and making saves right here in Edmonton and Red Deer. We encourage all hockey fans to tune in and watch as we once again showcase Alberta on the world stage!”