Canada will open the World Junior Hockey Championship with a game against the Czechs on December 26 at the Scotiabank Center in Halifax, according to the competition schedule released Tuesday morning.
Crowned a few weeks ago in the World Junior Championships 2022 held in Edmonton, the maple leaf formation will develop within the first group, and thus will play in the capital of Nova Scotia. Division B teams will play at Avenir Center in Moncton.
During the event that will conclude with the final on January 5, 2023, the Canadians will also face Germany on December 28, and then Austria the next day. Next, they will face Sweden in order to complete the preliminary round on New Year’s Eve. Alberta silver medalists, the Finns will start the tournament against the Swiss on December 26. The United States and Slovakia complete Group B.
“The 2023 Junior World Championships will provide unforgettable moments as hockey will be honored throughout the Maritimes,” said Dean McIntosh, Vice President of Events and Property for Hockey Canada, in a press release. We’re counting down the days until the first puck drop on Boxing Day. From duels scheduled for Opening Day to matches between the top contenders for New Year’s Eve, the competition promises to be fierce. We will be able to see the best under-20 players in the world in action in what will mark a return to the traditional holiday season format of the tournament.
Previously, Hockey Canada will hold a selection camp in mid-December that will include matches against the U SPORTS All-Stars.
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