Vancouver and Victoria win bid to host 2019 World Juniors

Get excited Vancouver and Victoria hockey fans. The glorious World Junior tournament that dominates Canadian headlines just as much as Boxing day sales, is coming to Vancouver and Victoria in 2019. 

The medal round and the real exciting games will likely take place at Rogers Arena and Victoria will likely take on a big portion of the round robin. This is all speculation of course as many fans minds are more focused on this months upcoming 2017 World Junior tournament.  

This isn’t the first time that Vancouver will be a host-city for the World Junior tournament. Partnered with Kelowna and Kamloops, Vancouver hosted the 2005-2006 under-20 tournament where Canada defeated Russia for Gold.

Another tandem of cities that was known to be in the running for the tournament was Winnipeg and Saskatchewan. To the good fortunes of Vancouver hockey fans, there bid was unsuccessful.

This tournament may seem a ways away, but that shouldn’t take away any excitement from the tournament. It’s some of the best hockey you can watch and the pride surrounding each countries best youngsters is what makes the holiday tournament a must-watch. 

Besides, the World Juniors always makes for some pretty crazy memories. 

What do the twitter folk think?

  • TrueBlue

    Man oh man… great timing as we should have a few decent picks contending for spots on their national teams by then.

    Is it too hopeful to think that the Canucks will look something like this by the time the tourney comes around:

    – our 2017 AND 2018 1st round picks are already on the roster, and we’re debating whether we should lend them to the tourney just because it’s local (even though they’re good enough to stick with the big club.. maybe a bit hopeful here… ;P)

    – The Stecher-Hutton-Tryamkin-Juolevi d-core looking strong and making up the bulk of the top 4 despite hovering around 22-25 years old

    – a 23-yr-old Horvat signed long term and making a strong case to start wearing the “C”

    – Boeser is starting to come into his own, giving us two young scoring lines

    – the team has been having mixed success, but is starting to look like we have the pieces to emerge as a legitimate perennial playoff contender

    – and maybe… maaaybe if you can stomach the thought, we’re looking at one more year of top ten picking in 2019 so that the WJC is a top-end showcase right in our own backyard?