Two days left to apply for priority tickets for 2021 World Juniors
While Team Canada is going for gold in the Czech Republic this weekend, hockey fans from all over the world are hoping to get in on tickets for next year’s World Junior Championship in Red Deer and Edmonton.
The deadline to get in for the priority ticket draw is this Sunday, Jan. 5 at 11:59 p.m.
Riley Wiwchar, executive director of the 2021 tournament, says aside from Canada, they’ve had entries from countries like Russia, Finland and the USA, just to name a few.
“You talk to people everywhere around the world, and for some reason, they always mention Red Deer ’95. I don’t know why that is, but the stories keep coming about how great that tournament was,” says Wiwchar, who is from Comox, B.C. “We’re hoping to build on that legacy next year and have people talking about (Red Deer/Edmonton) 2021 for years to come.”
The two pools for next year’s World Juniors haven’t yet been set, but what’s known is that Canada will play its pool games in Edmonton. The home squad will play two pre-competition games in Red Deer, however.
Otherwise, fans in Red Deer will bear witness to 16 total games; the two pre-comp matchups, 10 preliminary round games, two quarter-finals, and a best-of-three relegation round. Red Deer ticket packages start at $490, while the two Edmonton packs start at $495 and are for eight games apiece, including either the bronze or gold medal game.
“The hockey history in Edmonton and Red Deer is so fantastic. Red Deer has shown itself to be a great community with hosting the Memorial Cup, the Canada Winter Games, and the World Juniors in 1995,” Wiwchar adds. “That (tournament) kind of kick-started this pandemonium around what the World Juniors is now.
When Alberta last hosted the World Juniors in 2012, Hockey Canada received over 175,000 entries for the priority ticket draw, which is the only way to guarantee your way in to watch the competition unfold.
For more information on the ticket draw, head to HockeyCanada.ca/tickets.