The IIHF World Junior Championship won't have as many fans as first intended. 

The tournament, which is taking place in Edmonton and Red Deer, is affected by Alberta's new restrictions coming into place on Christmas Eve.

“Following the announcement that the Province of Alberta will be implementing capacity limits for indoor sporting events, the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship will be reducing capacity to 50 per cent for all games, effective immediately," Hockey Canada said in a statement.  

The event's ticketing team will be in contact with all ticket holders by the end of the day on Thursday.

"No further ticket information is available at this time, but we thank our ticket holders for their patience and request that they please wait to receive the detailed communication before inquiring about the next steps."

Hockey Canada added they fully support the direction taken by the province and will continue to do their part to keep all participants and fans safe.