Winnipeg – The World Junior wait continues for Winnipeg. Hockey Canada has announced the winning bid to host the 2019 World Junior Championship goes to Vancouver and Victoria.
Winnipeg and Saskatoon were among several “combined city” bids, including Edmonton and Calgary. True North Sports + Entertainment Senior Vice President of Venues and Entertainment, Kevin Donnelly indicated in a prepared statement that there will be “a next time”.
“The competition for the 2019 World Juniors was extremely competitive, facing off against other strong hockey markets from across Canada. Our fans can be proud knowing the Winnipeg/Saskatoon bid met or exceeded every measurable aspect of Hockey Canada’s criteria, leaving us well-positioned for potential bids for World Hockey Championships in the future.”
Winnipeg hosted the Tournament in 1999, and Manitobans also flocked to Grand Forks by the thousands in 2005 when the World Junior Championship was played at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
This year’s tournament will be co-hosted by Toronto and Montreal while the 2018 World Junior Championship will return to Buffalo, where it was played in 2011.