London and Windsor have made Hockey Canada’s short-list to host the world juniors in 2019.
Over the summer London and Windsor announced a joint bid to host the tournament. The last time London bid for the world juniors was in 2003.
“London is a sports city through and through. I am so pleased we’ve been shortlisted and I am confident we will put our absolute best foot forward should we be successful in our bid,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “Both London and Windsor have an army of volunteers and hockey fans committed to making this the best World Junior Hockey Championship.”
If London and Windsor are successful in the bid, they would join Saskatoon and Regina in 2010 and Red Deer in 1995 as the smallest cities in Canada to host the world juniors in decades.
Hockey Canada operates the IIHF World Junior Championship on behalf of the IIHF when hosted in Canada.
“This is a sterling opportunity for our communities” said John Winston, General Manager of Tourism London. “We are privileged to have been short-listed and to be offered the opportunity to potentially secure such a prestigious world event. The bid process is rigorous but we are up to the task to presenting a compelling business case to influence a decision in our favour.”
Hockey Canada is expected to make a final decision on who will host in December.
Hockey Canada has previously hosted the IIHF World Junior Championship 11 times, with the most recent being 2015 in Toronto and Montreal, where Canada won gold.
The World Junior Championship returns to Canada this December, with Toronto playing host to Team Canada’s preliminary-round games, and Montreal hosting the medal rounds.