An Edmonton professor says odd summer timing and an ongoing sexual assault scandal at Hockey Canada could be the reason thousands of tickets to the World Junior Hockey Championship are still available on the eve of the tournament.
Dan Mason says it's unusual the games team Canada is playing are not sold out.
More than 1,000 tickets are still available for purchase for the first game between Czech Republic and Slovakia tomorrow at Rogers Place in Edmonton.
About 1,300 tickets are available for the next day when Canada takes on Latvia.
Mason says in the last 30 years or so, he doesn't remember world juniors happening in the summer so that's why many might not be attending.
He says Hockey Canada's mishandling of sexual assault allegations might be another reason.
The CEO of Explore Edmonton, which promotes tourism in Edmonton, says the marketing organization paused its promotion of the games in response to the allegations.
Traci Bednard adds the organization continues to have discussions with Hockey Canada officials.