2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Y19 BOYS
World Championship Boys Y19 will be held in Katrineholm, Sweden, January 21-23. The tournament will be played indoors in the arena called “Kronfågel Ice Arena”, a newly built arena that was inaugurated as late as the autumn of 2020. It is the first time ever that Katrineholm stands as the main organizer of international Championship in bandy. It is also for the first time since 2016, the Y19 Championship is back on Swedish soil.
Russia World Champion 2020
Maybe the Swedish team is also looking for a real revenge because the last four World Championships have had the Russian team as the winner. The last tournament in 2020 was held in Helsinki, Finland.
-It is fantastic that Katrineholm can host an international tournament for tomorrow’s bandy stars. That is proof that the investment in Kronfågel Ice Arena was right and that Katrineholm’s geographical location is attractive for larger international events, says
Göran Dahlström, Chairman of the municipal board in Katrineholm.
Since the Junior World Championships, the current Y19, started in 1968, it has been a Swedish gold medal as many as 14 occasions and also Katrineholm has a strong relationship with the championship. Including was one of the city’s big bandy sons, Håkan Ohlsson, and won the historic first Swedish gold in Finland 53 years ago.
-It is an honor for us as an association to be a part of this and we hope that the world’s best junior bandy will act as a strong inspiration for our own children and young people, says Fredrik Ydevall, Chairman of Katrineholm Bandy.
Up to 2,000 people will be able to watch the games in place. The arena has received much praise, among other things, for the high quality of the ice. There are also good conditions for being able to offer high-quality TV broadcasts from the Championship.
– This is a very important World Championship considering what the past season has looked like and affected our youth players. We had virtually no national team activities at all in Sweden and there were almost no games at all for the younger age groups. It is always invaluable to meet tough international resistance, says Pär Gustafsson, Secretary General of The Swedish Bandy Association.
THIS IS KATRINEHOLM
Katrineholm is an old classic bandy town. Katrineholms SK dominated Swedish bandy in the late 60’s and early 70’s. The club won 3 championship titles in four years. The first gold was won in 1969 when the team beat Brobergs IF 5-1 in the final. The following year, the final was played against Ljusdals BK and it became a new gold for Katrineholm after a 6-2 victory. Katrineholm won the third and latest gold in 1972 when the team again won the final against Ljusdal and 2-0.
The inauguration of the railway station in 1862 became a milestone for the city. A station community soon grew up. Some enterprising men developed successful industries and the railway was of course important. 1876 Carl Fredrikson started his carpentry factory, August Kullberg started a trading company in 1878 and Gustav Robert Grönkvist started in 1886 with a smithy. After this, Grönkvist started several industries that lived on to this day. In the new year of 1917, the inhabitants were able to celebrate that the municipal community became the city of Katrineholm. These days Katrineholm has a little more than 24,000 inhabitants.
Katrineholm is situated a little more than an hour’s drive southwest of Stockholm.