Hockey Canada says 85% of tickets sold for world juniors in Halifax, Moncton

If you were planning on catching Team Canada in action at the upcoming World Juniors and are without tickets, you may be out of luck.

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Single-game tickets for the IIHF World Junior Hockey event went on sale to the general public Tuesday morning, after months of only having full tournament-length ticket packages available.

According to Ticket Atlantic Tickets are no longer available for all games involving Canada in the round-robin held in Halifax.

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Tickets for the gold medal game, which will also take place at the Scotiabank Center in Halifax on January 5, appear to be no longer available, along with a few other playoff matches.

Hockey Canada said, “The response from hockey fans to the World Juniors returning to the Maritimes has been overwhelming, and we look forward to the experience of playing in front of full venues in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick for the teams competing in this year’s tournament.” Excited for.” A statement to Granthshala News on Tuesday.

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“Limited tickets remain for games in Halifax and Moncton, including Canada’s pre-tournament matchups at the Avenir Centre, giving fans a chance to be a part of the World Juniors in person.”

Hockey Canada said more than 85 per cent of tickets for the event have been bid for. The tournament consists of round-robin games in Halifax and Moncton, and quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals in Halifax.

At Moncton’s Avenir Centre, which will not host Canada for any tournament games, most tickets are sold in the center sections, but there are several seats available at or near the net.

Nova Scotia and New Brunswick announced the success of their bids to host the tournament in May after the IIHF decided to pull the hosting rights of two cities in the original host country, Russia, due to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The news of higher ticket sales is a huge jump from the lower attendance numbers when Edmonton hosted the twice-delayed tournament earlier this summer.

Questions about the organization’s leadership and the event being held in the middle of Alberta’s short summer season were some contributing factors to the low turnout numbers.

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Hockey Canada has been under intense scrutiny since this spring for its handling of alleged sexual assaults by players, including two alleged incidents involving members of the world junior teams from 2003 and 2018.

Over the summer, Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston and New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs said they were monitoring the situation around Hockey Canada and would “act accordingly.”

In October, in the wake of widespread resignations at Hockey Canada, they issued a joint statement: “The leadership change at Hockey Canada is an important step towards accountability and meaningful change. The investigation is still ongoing, and clearly there will be more.” There is more to be done, but we are pleased to see these changes and hope that they indicate that they will address ongoing issues within the organization.

Halifax Mayor Mike Savage also said in October that he wanted the tournament to go ahead.

At the time, Savage said that he wanted to see how the organization would change going forward, “but for now, that change has been made.”

“And I think it’s great news for hockey players, for Hockey Canada,” he said. “And I think it’s great news for Halifax and Moncton to be hosting the World Juniors this winter.”

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The World Junior Hockey Tournament begins on Boxing Day.

— with files from Saba Aziz

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