Hockey Canada has finalized a new pre-tournament schedule in advance of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Edmonton and Red Deer will play host to five pre-tournament games on Dec. 23 featuring all 10 competing teams. The new schedule includes a Canada-Russia match-up and last year’s gold medallists taking on the 2021 bronze winners.

“Although the Lordco Road to the World Juniors includes less games than originally anticipated, we are thrilled to unveil the updated pre-tournament schedule and provide the competing teams with an opportunity to play in advance of the World Juniors,” said Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties with Hockey Canada. “With five exciting games scheduled for Edmonton and Red Deer, we look forward to the teams hitting the ice in both communities and getting the World Juniors festivities underway.”


Dec. 23 | Finland vs. United States | 12 p.m. MT | Rogers Place | Edmonton

Dec. 23 | Slovakia vs. Germany | 2 p.m. MT | Peavey Mart Centrium | Red Deer

Dec. 23 | Russia vs. Canada | 5 p.m. MT | Rogers Place | Edmonton

Dec. 23 | Czechia vs. Switzerland | 5 p.m. MT | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre | Red Deer

Dec. 23 | Austria vs. Sweden | 7 p.m. MT | Peavey Mart Centrium | Red Deer

Red Deer ticket package holders will receive an email from Tickets Alberta regarding the Team Canada pre-tournament games that were cancelled as a result of the schedule change. All Red Deer ticket package holders will receive tickets to both pre-tournament games at the Peavey Mart Centrium, and single-game ticket holders will be contacted regarding next steps.

The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship kicks off on Boxing Day with two games in both Edmonton and Red Deer, including Canada opening its tournament against Czechia at Rogers Place. Preliminary-round action wraps up on New Year’s Eve, while the bronze and gold medal games will be played on Jan. 5.

TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will carry extensive game coverage and analysis throughout the World Juniors. TSN and RDS will broadcast all 31 tournament games and both pre-tournament games in Edmonton. TSN Radio will also provide comprehensive coverage.