Hockey Canada has called press conferences in Toronto and Montreal for Thursday to announce the Air Canada Centre and Bell Centre are sharing the 2015 and 2017 tournaments.
It’s likely each city will host one pool each and the get the box office bonanza of Team Canada’s games, while the other receives the gold medal match, with the schedule switching in 2017.
Toronto will host the first medal round in 2015, according to a TSN report.
Putting the event in Toronto and Montreal has several advantages.
Many secondary junior and minor pro hockey rinks such as the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto are nearby.
There is a high concentration of media in both cities that will give the Christmas holiday tournament the publicity that Hockey Canada and the International Ice Hockey Federation crave, there’s plenty of hotel space for foreign visitors and each city is within driving distance of Canadian and American hockey hotbeds.
Canada will also be hosting in 2019 and 2021 after the 2014 tourney in Malmo, Sweden.
The province of Quebec has not hosted a world junior tourney in 30 years, while Hamilton and Buffalo, N.Y., have been picked ahead of Toronto. Old Maple Leaf Gardens did host some games in 1986 when Copps Coliseum in Hamilton was the main venue, while the ACC has seen some World Cup and NHL all-star game action.
Home ice has been both a blessing and curse for Canada, which finished fourth in Ufa, Russia this year.