Canada will face Denmark to open the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship when the red-and-white hits the ice at home in search of a second consecutive gold medal this December.


Hockey Canada, on behalf of the IIHF, has unveiled the full tournament schedule for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, being co-hosted in Vancouver and Victoria, Dec. 26, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019.


An event more than 18 months in the making, this Canadian holiday tradition has been embraced by the province of British Columbia and Canadian hockey fans by the thousands who have secured their tickets to this bucket-list event.


“The announcement of the tournament schedule is another indication of how close we are to puck-drop on Boxing Day,” said tournament director Riley Wiwchar. “Excitement has been building for months in the province, and that now extends across the country and around the world as fans get set to enjoy some of the best international hockey the world has to offer.”


The 10-team tournament features Canada in Group A with the Czech Republic, Denmark, Russia and Switzerland. Group B is comprised of Finland, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States.

Canada opens the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day against Denmark in Vancouver. Preliminary-round games wrap up on December 31, during which Canada will also face off against Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and Russia. The bronze- and gold-medal games will take place on Saturday, Jan. 5 at Rogers Arena.

Regional economic impact studies of past IIHF World Junior Championships hosted in Canada have topped $80 million. In addition, a legacy plan for the profits of the event will provide for grassroots hockey program support across the province and throughout Hockey Canada’s 13 regional members, as well as the CHL.