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The 2019 World Junior Championships are a little over half a year away, and Hockey Canada is looking for volunteers to lend a hand.

The tournament will be co-hosted by Vancouver and Victoria starting on Dec. 26th, 2018, with the championship final game taking place at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Jan. 5th, 2019.

The Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre will host games that take place in Victoria—a first for the city.


While volunteer positions are unpaid, there are a ton of perks that come with volunteering, including Nike apparel, meals and snacks during shifts, and a post-event appreciation party.

“The contribution and dedication of volunteers throughout the country is invaluable to the success of Hockey Canada events,” said Dean McIntosh, vice president of events and properties for Hockey Canada in a release.

“We recognize and appreciate the time and effort our volunteers dedicate to our events, and work hard to ensure a memorable volunteer experience.”

Want to get involved? Here are the requirements:

  • Minimum age for volunteers is 18 years of age, as of Sept. 1, 2018.
  • Those interested in volunteering at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship must represent the best interests of Hockey Canada.
  • All volunteers will have to pass established security screening requirements, including a Criminal Record Check.
  • Attend a training and orientation session prior to the event.
  • Commit to a minimum of 24 hours in volunteer shifts over the course of the event.
  • Shifts will range between 6–8 hours in length. Some exceptions may apply.
  • Payment of a $75 fee once you have accepted your position.

The 2019 World Juniors will mark the 13th time that Canada hosts the event and the second for the province.

“We’re thrilled to be selected along with Vancouver to host the world junior hockey tournament here in Victoria,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps in December 2016.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for our community, which is sure to both entertain and inspire fans of all ages. The passion we have for hockey at all levels, from youth leagues to the WHL, runs deep. We look forward to welcoming the world in 2019.”