World junior hockey championship to hold Alberta-wide 50/50 each game day


A provincewide 50/50 draw will be held on each game day of the upcoming 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Hockey Canada has partnered with the Hockey Alberta Foundation to run the online 50/50 draw.

While the tournament doesn’t officially kick off from the Edmonton “bubble” until Christmas Day, pre-tournament games start Tuesday and so, too, does the 50/50 draw.

Starting on Tuesday and running each game day at the world juniors, fans in Alberta will be able to purchase 50/50 tickets online for $5 starting at 9 a.m. MT on each game day. Ticket sales will close at 10 p.m. on each game day.

“The 50/50 draw is a tradition synonymous with live sports, and although fans will be enjoying the World Juniors from home this year, Hockey Canada, the Hockey Canada Foundation and the Hockey Alberta Foundation wanted to keep the tradition alive and ensure fans continue to have an enjoyable World Juniors experience,” said Tim Leer, executive director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

“As fans in Alberta tune in to watch Team Canada defend its gold medal, they have a great opportunity to engage in the World Juniors while contributing to grassroots hockey programs throughout the province.”

The winner of each draw will take home half of the total pot. The other half will be “reinvested into grassroots hockey programs to help improve the quality of life of Albertans through hockey while supporting the local community,” according to Hockey Canada.

The winning ticket will be announced daily.

Pre-competition games are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, with four games total.

The tournament officially kicks off on Christmas Day and runs until Jan. 5. Canada will play its first game against Germany at 4 p.m. MT on Boxing Day.