Calgary, Edmonton to host 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship

The 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship will be held in Alberta.

The tournament, which will take place late December 2011 to early January 2012, will be played out of the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary and Rexall Place in Edmonton.

“This is an exciting day for hockey fans in Alberta and throughout Canada,” said Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson. “The bid group from Alberta put forward a great plan, and the site selection committee was particularly impressed with the bid’s focus on making tickets affordable for all hockey fans.”

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The tournament will be hosted by Ottawa in 2009, Regina and Saskatoon in 2010 and either Buffalo, Minneapolis-St. Paul or Grand Forks, N.D. in 2011.

Canada has won the past four championships. Canada last hosted the tournament in British Columbia in 2006.