As first reported by thn.com, multiple sources have confirmed that the 2015 and 2017 World Junior Championships will be held in Canada’s two largest cities.
Hockey Canada is expected to announce Thursday that Toronto and Montreal will co-host the 2015 and ’17 tournaments, the next two times the event will be held in Canada. According to sources, the cities will co-host both tournaments, with Toronto getting the medal round and gold medal game in 2015 and Montreal getting the medal round and gold medal game in 2017.
Despite the fact major junior hockey has failed in both cities and the suburbs of both cities multiple times, there’s little doubt the event will be an enormous boon for the finances of Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League. When the tournament was last held in Canada in 2012, the cities of Calgary and Edmonton turned a $22 million profit on the tournament and $15 million was cleared when it was held in Saskatoon and Regina in 2010.
It’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility that the Toronto-Montreal tournaments could turn profits of more than $30 million.
Despite being Canada’s largest city, Toronto has never before hosted a World Junior Championship, but the tournament was held in nearby Hamilton in 1986. Montreal last held the event in 1978. Both venues have a number of satellite rinks that could be used for preliminary games as well.
The medal round games will be held at the Air Canada Centre and Bell Centre, respectively. The 2014 tournament is scheduled for Malmo, Sweden.