Hockey fans celebrate the return of the world junior championships to Halifax – Halifax | PKBNEWS

Halifax now hosts the best under-20 hockey games from around the world vying for gold at the World Junior Championships.

Fans say it’s amazing to see Team Canada play from the stands in Halifax for the first time since 2003. Halifax and Moncton are co-hosting the event this year.

“I’ve never been to the world junior championships before and it’s something that when it happened it was a no-brainer,” said participant Alec Cranston.

“I’m a huge hockey fan and I’ve played hockey all my life. I currently coach hockey. So, coming here and supporting Team Canada, and being here with my best friends, it’s going to be a great time.

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Hockey fans descend on Moncton, NB for the World Junior Championships

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His friend Reilly Letterick agrees.

“I’ve been a huge hockey fan all my life and everything, so I always wanted to go to the world junior championships,” he said. “And having them here makes it nice and easy.”

They say it’s the perfect time to go out on the town with your loved ones and enjoy the games while on vacation.

In the meantime, Halifax Regional Police say you should exercise patience as large crowds and traffic delays are expected during the tournament. They recommend getting on a bus or taking the ferry if you can and keeping a close eye on the little ones, who they say can easily get lost in large crowds.

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Indigenous artists paint special hockey sticks that will be given to world junior players at the tournament

The Halifax Convention Center attracts people of all ages to its fan party with live music and games shown on the big screen as part of the Junior World Championship celebrations.

Two young fans were there to watch the games and have fun with the various activities, such as bouncy castles and shooting hoops.

“That’s cool,” says Nick Soublire.

“Well, we go to the games in Moose, and it’s crazy that Team Canada plays here,” adds Jack Soublie.

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The executive vice-president of Events East Group, which manages and operates the Halifax Convention Center and the Scotiabank Centre, says it’s good to show that the city center is open again, especially after difficult pandemic years.

“It’s a truly amazing time of year to get out, support our downtown business community, enjoy one of the local restaurants, one of the local bars, take your kids and enjoy some games,” says Suzanne Fougere.

Team Canada opens the IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship with a Boxing Day game at Scotiabank Center on Monday night.

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