If you stop maintaining the world junior championship is a hockey tournament, it's easier to accept how big a cashcow it has become. On Thursday, Hockey Canada will roll out its ambitious plans for the next two tournaments that will be in this country in 2015 and '17, with Montreal and Toronto sharing the hosting. So that scenario of phenom Connor McDavid, during his NHL draft year, perhaps leading Team Canada during a WJC in his hometown is more in play, not that you can ever predict anything in the junior game.
The event felt more intimate when it was either held in one city with two sufficiently sized arenas, or when three games per day were held in the big rink with one shuffled off to the second venue. The Calgary/Edmonton effort in 2012 produced a $22-million profit, so that's where we are in this country.
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Hockey Canada simultaneous news conferences tomorrow in TOR and MTL to announce they're sharing both 2015 and 2017 World Jr. Championships.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 19, 2013