The International Ice Hockey Federation championship is a tournament that brings together the players of ice hockey from the world over. It is held in rotating venues and is truly competitive. One of its matches is reserved for the juniors or typically persons who are under 20 years of age.
It is held annually, typically from later December through to the beginning of January each year. However, things are not going to be the same this year. Reason? We have the Coronavirus pandemic that is presently wreaking havoc world over. It will definitely impact the hosting of this event.
For this reason, it is strongly recommended that any enthusiast gets to know about these developments. We prepare these discussions for just that. Our arguments shall look into the impending IIHF World Juniors 2021 and how it is likely to be impacted by the present pandemic.
When and where is IIHF World Juniors 2021?
The IIHF World Juniors 2021 shall be held from late December 2020 through to the beginning of January 2021. That places the exact dates from December 26, 2020, through to January 5, 2021. The actual venues shall be Edmonton and Red Deer, both in the provinces of Alberta, Canada.
It is interesting to note that this shall be the 14th time that Canada shall host the event. In the course of holding the event, the same shall be simultaneously beamed to households around the world via various news outlets and transmission channels. All these are subject to the existing broadcast schedules.
How to Watch IIHF World Juniors 2021 Live Online
Though many channels shall be used to beam the event across the globe, the online platform remains the single most preferred. That is due to its zero geographical limitations and the ability to stream and watch contents without any undue hindrances. We take you through the steps to follow to leverage this platform for your uninterrupted viewing:
- Step I: Identify a suitable viewing site
Start by identifying and finding a suitable viewing site. Many sites of these kinds do abound at the moment. Top examples are the official IIHF site, YouTube, sports channels, and the third party streaming sites.
Alternatively, you may also enroll in media streaming services like Roku or Netflix. The best site for the job has to be that which is free or cheap, faster and of course, available in your country.
- Step II: Obtain the necessary gadget
After finding the right site, you now have to obtain the necessary gadget. You may catch the proceedings via various gadgets. These include the smart televisions, tablets, smart phones, laptops and desktops. The choice of the right gadget is largely determined by the screen size, intended number of viewers, and of course your budget space.
- Step III: Enroll in an appropriate subscription
It may not always be that the site you pick for the job is free. Indeed, most of the services that are available at the moment are premium. Thus, you have to see to it that you understand the terms of engagement of each site and thereafter proceed to make a subscription.
- Step IV: Purchase the relevant data plan
To be able to stream contents online, you should also purchase and enroll in a relevant data plan. This event is slated to last 11 days. Bear this mind as you find the right plan for your subsequent content streaming. Skim the various data service providers to be able to find the most suitable deal.
- Step V: Take note of the Broadcast schedules
Lastly, you ought to take note of and adhere to the laid down broadcast schedule. How else can you know when the respective matches shall take place? One sure way of achieving this is to set reminders and alarms. We discuss the schedules firmly in the proceeding segment of our discussions.
2021 IIHF WJC Broadcast Schedule
As noted above, this event shall also beamed across the globe via various communication channels and modes of transmission. Knowing the breakdown of the times when the events shall be held is certainly a great thing to do as it is the one that shall guide you fully.
For a start, the upcoming tournament shall be divided into two main kinds. These are the pre-tournament and the world junior respectively. We present the schedule by way of a table hereunder:
|Saturday, December 19, 2020||Canada vs. Switzerland||4:00 pm|
|Wednesday, December 23, 2020||Canada vs. Finland||3:30 pm|
WORLD JUNIOR SCHEDULE
|Saturday, December 26th, 2020||Switzerland vs. Kazakhstan||1:00 pm|
|Saturday, December 26th, 2020||Czech Republic vs. Russia||1:00 pm|
|Saturday, December 26th, 2020||Sweden vs. Finland||5:00 pm|
|Saturday, December 26th, 2020||Canada vs. USA||5:00 pm|
|Sunday, December 27th, 2020||Slovakia vs. Kazakhstan||1:00 pm|
|Sunday, December 27th, 2020||Germany vs. the USA||5:00 pm|
|Monday, December 28th, 2020||Finland vs. Slovakia||1:00 pm|
|Monday, December 28th, 2020||The Czech Republic vs. Germany||1:00 pm|
|Monday, December 28th, 2020||Switzerland vs. Sweden||5:00 pm|
|Monday, December 28th, 2020||Russia vs. Canada||5:00 pm|
|Tuesday, December 29th, 2020||Kazakhstan vs. Finland||1:00 pm|
|Tuesday, December 29th, 2020||The USA vs. Russia||5:00 pm|
|Wednesday, December 30th, 2020||Kazakhstan vs. Sweden||1:00 pm|
|Wednesday, December 30th, 2020||Germany vs. Canada||1:00 pm|
|Wednesday, December 30th, 2020||Slovakia vs. Sweden||5:00 pm|
|Wednesday, December 30th, 2020||The USA vs. the Czech Republic||5:00 pm|
|Thursday, December 31st, 2020||Sweden vs. Slovakia||1:00 pm|
|Thursday, December 31st, 2020||Russia vs. Germany||1:00 pm|
|Thursday, December 31st, 2020||Finland vs. Switzerland||5:00 pm|
|Thursday, December 31st, 2020||Canada vs. Czech Republic||5:00 pm|
|Saturday, January 2nd, 2021||Quarterfinal||10:30 am|
|Saturday, January 2nd, 2021||Quarterfinal||12:30 am|
|Saturday, January 2nd, 2021||Quarterfinal||3:30 pm|
|Saturday, January 2nd, 2021||Quarterfinal||6:00 pm|
|Saturday, January 4th, 2021||Semi-final||1:00 pm|
|Saturday, January 4th, 2021||Semi-final||4:30 pm|
|Tuesday, January 5th, 2021||Play-off||1:00 pm|
|Tuesday, January 5th, 2021||Finals||5:00 pm|
COVID-19 pandemic could impact the World Juniors
We started out by saying that this year is not going to be the same. The reason is that we are presently experiencing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It is no doubt going to impact the tournament and the subsequent viewership profoundly in the following ways:
- Reduced Ticket Sales
By far the most significant impact that the tournament is bound to suffer is the reduced ticket. Many fans will simply not be willing to risk their lives to attend the matches. Instead, many will prefer following the proceedings at the comfort of their own homes.
- Cancellation of Attendance
Some teams may also not wish to attend the matches in person for the same reason. They simply would not want to risk their lives for fear of catching the virus and the complications that come along. This might see the tournament scaled down to line up with the fewer attendees.
- Increased Home Viewership
As hinted above, many fans will choose to follow the matches in the comfort of their own homes. This shall see a surge in the number of internet subscriptions and enrolment in the premium content providers. We never know the impact that this might have. There is a likelihood that it may be rendered permanent.
- Possibility of Deferment
In case many sides decide not to show up for the matches, there is the likelihood of deferring it or even canceling it altogether. The same fate has already befallen the world Olympic Games and a couple of premier league matches across the European continent.
- Stricter Measures
If and when the matches are eventually hosted, the organizers are bound to introduce stricter measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Some of these could be a cap on the number of fans, the spacing between two fans, the kind of attire that the fans are supposed to put on, and the mandatory sanitization and face masks.
- Increased Cost of Hosting
Also, there is bound to be an increase in the cost of hosting the match altogether. This is largely going to be occasioned by the newer stricter measures and the fewer number of anticipated fans. The end result no doubt is going to be an increase in the actual costs of the tickets.
How to Get World Juniors Ticket
Would you wish to purchase the ticket for the upcoming IIHF Worlds Junior Championships? Well, you have to make appropriate arrangements to purchase the tickets as soon as possible. We explain the finer details of the ticket here for you:
|SEAT LOCATION||PRICE PER SEAT|
Tickets are available in batches only. You have three options to pick from; two for the games in Edmonton and one in the Red Deer. These tickets are generally expected to be in high demand as many people naturally love following the proceedings live.
To ensure fairness to access the tickets the same shall be dispensed via a Priority Draw. No deposit is needed to purchase the tickets but they have to be bought in advance via the website HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets on or before Saturday, December 26th, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. GMT.
Where exactly you purchase the ticket is entirely up to you. It is possible for you to purchase the tickets both in Edmonton and Red Deer at the same time. You will receive this option as you make your application or registering for the same.
The system limits you to enter the Priority Draw only once. This is checked and limited to the email address that you use to do so. To beat the system, consider using multiple emails to register and subsequently apply for the ticket in the Priority Draw.
Typically, your chances of getting selected for in this draw depends largely on the number of times you choose to enter the draw. The more you enter the draws the higher your chances of getting selected becomes.
In case you are selected in the Priority Draw, you will receive a notification via email. In the email shall be the details of when and how to purchase the respective ticket packages online and when exactly this may happen.
Purchasing the ticket is one thing. Finding the right seat for the task of watching the match is yet another thing altogether. And yes, it is possible for you to choose the seat location that is desirable to you. That you will do after you have already bought the ticket. You will generally receive two seating options to pick from based mainly on the availability of the same.
To remit the payments you have various options to make use of. Some of these include the use of cards like American Express, Visa, and MasterCard. Then again, you can also wire the money via the PayPal online payment platform. The choice of the payment platform you prefer is entirely up to you.
Having exhausted this subject matter, we leave it entirely to you to now prepare appropriately for the same. Kindly take your time to peruse through the contents to be able to master them keenly. Then, proceed to determine whether or not a live view is worthwhile or not.
For your own safety and added peace of mind, we suggest that you skip the live viewing in favor of at-home watching. We are mindful of your health in the wake of the current coronavirus pandemic. Is it not fair also for you to spread the news abroad? Kindly share it with someone who might need it!