After the IIHF stripped Russia of hosting duties for the 2023 World Junior Championship due to their ongoing invasion in Ukraine, today the Federation announced that hosting rights were instead awarded to Halifax, Nova Scotia and Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, with the tournament set to begin on 26 December 2022.
Russia, which was set to host the tournament in the Siberian cities of Omsk and Novosibirsk, had both their hosting rights and participation (along with war conspirators Belarus) removed on 28 February, four days after invading Ukraine, with Latvia, the highest ranked Division IA team, set to replace Russia at the 2022 World Juniors, set to reconvene this August in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, following its cancellation due to COVID-19 outbreaks. Belarus, who was promoted to the Top Division last season, will no longer be eligible for the 2023 edition, as the IIHF announced that no relegation would take place this year.
The hosting honours now go to Canada, who will host the World Juniors for the sixteenth time, and third straight year, though this fact is more due to COVID cancellations and restrictions than any other reason. This will be the second World Juniors to take place in Canada’s Atlantic provinces, with Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia co-hosting the 2003 tournament that saw Russia upset Canada in the Gold Medal Game; this is the first time that the city of Moncton or the province of New Brunswick will host.
The IIHF will next announce a new host for the 2023 World Championship, which was set to take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and will be announced at the next IIHF Congress during the upcoming World Championships in Tampere and Helsinki, Finland.