Regina, Saskatoon fall short on 2023 World Juniors bid

Saskatchewan’s bid to host the 2023 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship has fallen short.

The tournament will instead be heading to Atlantic Canada, with Halifax, N.S. and Moncton, N.B. set to host, Hockey Canada announced Thursday.

Regina and Saskatoon agreed to submit a joint bid to host the tournament, in early April.

“Hopefully we’ll have another opportunity in the next few years to host. We know Moncton and Halifax will do an exceptional job,” Regina Mayor Sandra Masters said.

“We’re going to continue bidding because of course we want to host. But at the end of the day, Canada will be represented well and we just want Team Canada to come out on top.”

The 2023 tournament was set to be hosted by Russia, but the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) decided to move the event due to conflict in Ukraine.

The tournament will take place from Dec. 26 2022 to Jan. 5, 2023.

We go east! ➡️

The #WorldJuniors are staying in ���� – Halifax, N.S., and Moncton, N.B., will co-host the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship this winter.@IIHFHockey

— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) May 5, 2022

Economic Development Regina and Tourism Regina, which contributed to Saskatchewan’s bid, congratulated the two winning cities in tweets Thursday.

Congratulations @hfxgov and the @CityofMoncton for winning the 2023 @IIHFHockey World Junior Hockey Championship! It was an honour to faceoff with you.

We'll see you in the box next time! @HockeyCanada @iihf_wjc

— Economic Development Regina (@EcDevRegina) May 5, 2022

Congratulations to Halifax & Moncton for winning the @IIHFHockey WJ’s Bid!

Looks like we run one off the cross bar, next time we’re going top cheddar! ��@HockeyCanada

— Tourism Regina (@TourismRegina) May 5, 2022