Halifax and Moncton, N.B., will host the 2023 World Junior Hockey Championship

Halifax and Moncton, N.B., will host the 2023 World Junior Hockey Championship later this year, just four months after the COVID-delayed 2022 was held in Edmonton in August.

“Nova Scotia is thrilled to have been chosen to host the 2023 World Juniors, which will be the best tournament yet,” Premier Tim Houston said Thursday. β€œWe are ready to roll out the welcome mat for the players, their families and visiting fans. I will be in the arena with thousands of Nova Scotians, cheering every game.

The 2023 World Junior Championships were originally scheduled to be hosted by Novosibirsk and Omsk in Russia, but the country lost hosting rights in February due to the invasion of Ukraine.

Last month, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick submitted a bid to host the men’s under-20 tournament.

“We appreciate the hard work and effort put in by the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and we strongly believe in the plans they have put in place to host a successful event in Halifax and Moncton,” said said Scott Smith, president and CEO of Hockey Canada. operations officer, said in a Press release.

The tournament will take place from Dec. 26, 2022 to Jan. 5, 2023 in both cities, Hockey Canada announced Thursday.

“These are two great cities with top quality venues and hockey fans who support junior hockey,” said International Ice Hockey Federation President Luc Tardif.

The last time the World Junior Championships were hosted in Atlantic Canada was in 2003, in Halifax and Sydney, NS.

“It’s often been said that Halifax, host of the World Juniors in 2003, set a bar that was difficult to meet afterwards,” said Halifax Mayor Mike Savage.

“We may not have been the biggest bid in terms of total dollars, but I feel like Hockey Canada knows they can have so much excitement here on the East Coast with us and with Moncton. .”

Officials did not disclose the amount of the offer.

Smith said Hockey Canada has received offers from across the country to host the tournament.

β€œThe fact that we had a relationship with Halifax, I think, certainly reassured us,” he said.

Since its official inception in 1977, Hockey Canada has hosted the World Junior Championship 15 times.

The 2022 tournament in Edmonton was canceled on Dec. 29, 2021, after just four days of competition. Several players have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing a number of teams into quarantine.