Hockey Canada, along with representatives from Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and participating communities, officially announced the World Junior A Challenge this morning in Dawson Creek.
The best Junior A players in the world will battle each other at the Encana Events Centre, December 7 to 15.
“The City of Dawson Creek is thrilled to once again host the world at the Encana Events Centre, bringing some of the best young hockey players from around the world to our community for a week of amazing action. It is very special for us to be able to share this event with our neighbouring Peace Country communities and our First Nation neighbours, the Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations, and to work with Chetwynd, Fort St. John and Grande Prairie as pre-tournament hosts,” said Dale Bumstead, mayor of Dawson Creek.
Prior to the start of play, the World Junior A Challenge will head to three surrounding communities for a slate of pre-tournament games on Thursday, December 5. Team Canada West will play Russia at the North Peace Arena in Fort St. John. Team Canada East will take on the United States at the Chetwynd Rec Centre in Chetwynd, B.C., while the Czech Republic will match up against the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League at Revolution Place in Grande Prairie.
District of Chetwynd councilor Jocelyn Disher said it was an exciting time. “It is really an unbelievable opportunity for the district and area,” she said.
Robin Fuller with West Moberly Council said hockey was a part of life in the community. “The is an amazing chance.”
Tickets will go on sale later this week.