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Halifax, Moncton replace Russia as hosts of world junior hockey tournament

CALGARY, Alberta -- Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Moncton, New Brunswick, will host the world junior hockey championship in December and January, a tournament originally set for Russia.

Hockey Canada announced the decision Thursday to play a second championship in Canada in four months. The International Ice Hockey Federation last month removed the tournament from Russia because of the war in Ukraine.

The International Ice Hockey Federation Council also stripped Russia of hosting rights for the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

The Halifax and Moncton event is set for Dec. 26- Jan. 5. Last season's tournament, called off in December in Edmonton and Red Deer because of COVID-19, will be played Aug. 9-20 in Edmonton.