Ticket sale in northern Sweden
by Martin Merk|10 DEC 2018
Face-off between Sweden's David Gustafsson and Finland's Jesperi Kotkaniemi at last year’s U18 World Championship. The two neighbours won medals in 2018: Finland gold and Sweden bronze.
photo: Andrea Cardin / HHOF-IIHF Images
Next spring we go to northern Sweden when the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship will be hosted in Ornskoldsvik and Umea.

Tickets are now available and can be bought online with affordable options. A single-game ticket will cost SEK 100 (€9.70) for adults and a tournament package while a tournament package will cost SEK 990 (€96). For juniors and kids there are half-price options (age 13-17) respectively free entrance for kids of up to 12.

Click here for more information and to order your tickets.

Ornskoldsvik is a classic hockey town in Sweden and even though MODO suffered relegation to the second-tier HockeyAllsvenskan in 2016, the club remains well-respected as a talent producer. Peter Forsberg, Markus Naslund, the Sedin twins Daniel and Henrik, Anders Hedberg and Victor Hedman are among the famous hockey players who came from the city of 33,000 inhabitants. The Fjallraven Center offers a capacity for 7,049 spectators. 

Umea was already the secondary venue (with Skelleftea) when Sweden hosted the 2000 IIHF World Junior Championship in the north of the country. About 600 kilometres north of Stockholm and 400 kilometres away from the Arctic Circle, Umea is the biggest city in northern Sweden with almost 85,000 inhabitants within the city and over 125,000 in the municipality. The local club Bjorkloven Umea had appearances in the top Swedish league but had tough years recently including bankruptcy. Since 2013 it is back in the second-tier HockeyAllsvenskan. The club plays in the 5,400-capacity A3 Arena. 

Both cities are located in the northern part of Sweden and are not far apart from each other as they can be reached within one hour by a new railway line or by car along the Baltic Sea.

Find out more about the host cities and arenas here.

Sweden previously hosted the U18 Worlds once, in 2006 in Angelholm and Halmstad. Since the U18 category got its global event in 1999, Sweden has won five silver medals – most recently in 2016 – and four bronze medals.