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World Juniors to return to Vancouver in 2019

Team Russia v Team Canada

VANCOUVER - JANUARY 5: Justin Pogge #33 and Jonathan Toews #29 of Team Canada in action against Team Russia during the gold medal game at the World Junior Hockey Championships at General Motors Place on January 5, 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Team Canada defeated Team Russia 5-0 to win the gold medal. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

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Hockey Canada will reportedly announce later today that the 2019 World Juniors will be co-hosted by Vancouver and Victoria.

The event will return to British Columbia for the first time since 2006, when it was co-hosted by Vancouver, Kelowna and Kamloops.

The city of Victoria, a ferry ride across the Georgia Strait from Vancouver, opened the 7,000-seat Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in 2005. It is currently the home of the WHL’s Victoria Royals.

The games in Vancouver will be held at Rogers Arena, where in 2006 Canada blasted Russia, 5-0, in the gold-medal game.

That Canadian team featured the likes of Jonathan Toews, Kris Letang, Dave Bolland, and Marc Staal, against a Russian side with Evgeni Malkin, Alex Radulov, and Alexei Emelin.

The 2017 World Juniors will be co-hosted by Montreal and Toronto. The 2018 tournament will be held in Buffalo, including an outdoor game between the United States and Canada at New Era Field, the home of the NFL’s Bills.