Hockey Canada scandal, ticket prices liable for small world junior crowds: IIHF |


2022-08-21 04:20:56

Tickets for Edmonton’s world junior males’s hockey championship haven’t been a scorching commodity this summer time and Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation officers say the excessive value of admission, the event’s odd timing and a spectre of scandal are accountable for low attendance.

The 2022 event wrapped Saturday with Canada battling Finland for the gold medal.

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Whereas the ultimate was anticipated to attract the most important crowd of the event to date to Rogers Place, common attendance earlier than Saturday’s medal video games was simply 1,525 per sport. Canada averaged 4,400 followers throughout its first six video games.

Holding the world junior event through the scorching summer time as an alternative of the same old winter holidays created various challenges, stated IIHF president Luc Tardif.

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“We knew August was not the perfect time and we didn’t count on the attendance that we do normally,” he advised reporters in a wide-ranging press convention earlier than Saturday’s last.

The 2022 event initially opened Dec. 26, 2021, in Edmonton and Crimson Deer, Alta. Rising COVID-19 circumstances amongst gamers and officers precipitated the forfeiture of video games and the occasion was halted after simply 4 days.

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Tickets costs are set by the host nation and the associated fee for a seat on the August model of the event remained steep, beginning at greater than $100 for a lot of video games.

Seats within the decrease degree ranged from $160 to $476 for Saturday’s last, with a tickets within the highest reaches of the sector out there for $60.

“(The IIHF) doesn’t set the costs,” event chair Henrik Bach Nielsen stated. “I have no idea if the costs have been set as regular world juniors and there was no response to this.

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“Personally, coming from Denmark, $50, $60, $100 for one in all these video games? Yeah, that’s a excessive value.”

Organizers wanted to account for the distinctive challenges of redoing the 10-team event in the summertime, he added.

“Why not, then, attempt to discover an August value for the tickets?” Bach Nielsen stated.

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Hockey Canada has beforehand acknowledged a number of causes for lack of curiosity within the event, together with the microscope the group is underneath for its dealing with of alleged sexual assault by some members of earlier junior males’s groups.

“First, the COVID-19 pandemic delayed this event to August,” the group stated in a press release. “And second, there may be comprehensible scrutiny from Canadians of Hockey Canada and the tradition of hockey.”

Hockey Canada executives have been known as on the carpet in federal authorities committee hearings in June and July.

Sports activities minister Pascale St-Onge froze federal funding to the group till Hockey Canada met sure circumstances, and company sponsors additionally pulled their {dollars} from the event.

“We shouldn’t have to cover from ourselves the environment around the globe juniors,” Tardif stated. “And that’s a foul factor as a result of I feel the children (enjoying on this event), the organizing committee doesn’t deserve that as a result of they aren’t responsible on that.”

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The scandal presently engulfing Hockey Canada is a “nationwide affair,” and as soon as investigations into what occurred are full, the IIHF will decide whether or not the group will likely be sanctioned, he added.

“In the meanwhile, we’re following, and our response will come on the finish of the investigation, when the details will likely be confirmed on that, once we know precisely the accountability of everyone,” Tardif stated..

“(The allegations) aren’t good for ice hockey, for positive. That’s not good for Canadian ice hockey however that’s not good for the worldwide ice hockey.”

Additionally, the absence of perennial contender Russia, which was barred by the IIHF for that nation’s invasion of Ukraine, deleted a few of the normal marquee matchups from the occasion.

Tardif stated Russia’s entry within the event sooner or later will likely be evaluated yr by yr.

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Canada may also host the 2023 world junior championship in Moncton and Halifax in December. Tickets are promoting nicely for that event, Tardif stated.

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Regardless of an odd 2022 event, the world juniors stay a robust model and the event has been a hit for a few years, Bach Nielsen stated.

“We must always not make any revolutions out of this yr,” he stated when requested what classes the IIHF may take from this yr’s occasion.

“That is one-time, right here in Edmonton with this case in August. So I don’t assume we’ve got any plans to alter the world juniors. We simply want to return again to regular.”

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