The 2022 World Junior A Challenge is coming to Cornwall. The tournament takes place December 11th to 18th at the Cornwall Civic Complex.
The World Junior A Challenge features some of the best Junior A level hockey players in the world. Hosted in partnership with Hockey Canada, the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) and Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO), the 2022 WJAC will see two Canadian teams – East and West – joined by three international entries to compete for gold.
Cornwall was originally selected to host the tournament in 2020 however the pandemic forced the cancellation of the event for two straight years. That has only served to create more anticipation for the drop of the puck this December.
For hockey fans, it will be a chance to see some amazing hockey and enjoy the forever hockey rivalries of Canada-Russia and Canada-USA at an affordable price.
The official tournament schedule features four preliminary-round games for each team between December 11th – 16th, kicking off with Team Canada East taking on Latvia at 1 pm and Team Canada West facing off against the United States on opening night. The top four teams will advance to the medal round, with the bronze medal and gold medal games taking place at 1 pm and 5 pm, respectively, on Sunday, December 18th. TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast the bronze and gold medal game; please check local listings for details.
“It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to see this level of hockey right in our own backyard,” said Lorne Taillon, Supervisor, Recreation & Programming with the City of Cornwall. “It’s going to be a great celebration of hockey and we want the entire community to be a part of it.”
About the World Junior A Challenge
The World Junior A Challenge was created in 2006 to showcase the talent in the Canadian Junior Hockey League.
The tournament has quickly become a highlight for NHL scouts – and for good reason. The WJAC alone has produced more than 230 NHL draft picks, including 36 first-rounders – think names like Vasilevski, Makar, Jost, Lindholm, Pastrnak, Schwartz, Tarasenko, Turris, and Yakupov.
The 2022 event in Cornwall will be just the second time that an Ontario community hosts the event.
Fans looking to secure their seats can purchase a full-event ticket package online at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets or in person at the City of Cornwall Box Office at the Cornwall Aquatic Centre (open Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm).