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The organizers want the 2023 World Juniors to be “at maritime prices”


Organizers of the 2023 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship say tickets for the $14 million event will be affordable and “at Maritime prices.”

The last time the tournament was held on the East Coast was in 2003 in Nova Scotia.

Canadian Hockey Association Chairman Wayne Russell, Canadian Hockey Association President Bob Nicholson, Hockey Nova Scotia President Denny Deveau and Trade Center Limited President Fred MacGillivray, left to right, celebrate Halifax’s winning bid to host the 2003 World Junior Hockey Championship in Halifax Tuesday December 19, 2000. Halifax beat bids from Ottawa, Saskatoon, Toronto/London and Hamilton/Kitchener.(CP PHOTO/Andrew Vaughan).

With less than eight months until that next hosting opportunity, planning for the Moncton-Halifax event is rushed.

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“Normally we would have a two-year schedule,” said Dean McIntosh, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of events and properties.

“But over the years the model has been streamlined – even as the tournament has grown.”

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McIntosh said the tight schedule gives less time to debate good ideas for the tournament, but he encourages organizers to “get on with it and get going”.

The timing was part of the reason the East Coast was selected to host the 2022 championship originally awarded to Russia but postponed following the invasion of Ukraine.

Grant MacDonald, the local manager for the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship in Halifax, said the news of the hosting didn’t come as a complete shock.

“Halifax and Moncton had been working on the potential to co-host a world junior championship for the past two years,” MacDonald said. “We just expected it to be later in this decade.”

Hockey Canada hopes the tournament will be a success and that even the small rinks will sell out.

“We expect our communities to embrace it, we expect our businesses to see positive improvement.”

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MacDonald said capacity could be an issue.

“We may need to expand the fan experience beyond the four walls of Center Avenir and Scotiabank Centre.”

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But ticket sales are one of the first key pillars to get things done.

“We want to make sure it’s affordable and it’s at Maritime prices,” MacDonald said.

The tournament is expected to cost up to $14 million, but Hockey Canada says it could have an economic impact of $40-60 million between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

The two host cities are expected to need at least 150 volunteers in each market.

However, those responsible for planning at the Scotiabank Center in Halifax do not bother to find the necessary staff.

Suzanne Fougere, executive vice president of Events East, said a regular Mooseheads game requires “approximately 35 to 50 venue staff each night.”

“For an event like this, it will be closer to around 100 people each night,” Fougere said.

The event will run from December 26 to January 5, 2023. Tickets are expected to go on sale this summer, when a volunteer recruitment drive will also begin.

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