12/01/2016 11:32 EST | Updated 12/02/2017 00:12 EST

Victoria, Vancouver to co-host 2019 world junior hockey championship

Vancouver and Victoria will welcome the world's top under-20 hockey players in 2019 when the cities co-host the world junior hockey championship.

Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League announced the tournament's return to British Columbia today in a joint statement.

Canada will host the world championship for the 13th time in 2019.

B.C. last hosted the tournament in 2006 in Vancouver, Kelowna and Kamloops.

The 2017 championship, co-hosted by Montreal and Toronto, kicks off Dec. 26.