Shaunavon to host Pre-Competition World Under 17 Game

Published on: Oct 3, 2019
The Host Organizing committee for the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is pleased to announce that Shaunavon, Sask., and Brooks, Alta., have been selected as the communities that will host pre-tournament games.

All eight teams will be in action on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. MT in pre-tournament action:

• Canada Black vs. Finland – Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre – Shaunavon, Sask.
• Sweden vs. Czech Republic – Centennial Regional Arena – Brooks, Alta.
• Canada White vs. Russia – Innovation Credit Union iPlex – Swift Current, Sask.
• Canada Red vs. United States – Canalta Centre – Medicine Hat, Alta.

“We are honored and excited to host one of four pre-tournament games for the World Hockey Under-17 Challenge,” said Grant Greenslade, Mayor of Shaunavon. “To bring this caliber of hockey on an international scale to Shaunavon is a tremendous opportunity for our community to showcase our hospitality and our state-of-the-art facilities like the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre. We are grateful to our neighbors in Swift Current for giving us this opportunity and invite our surrounding communities to join us in watching the best young hockey players in the world. The Town of Shaunavon couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this world-class event.”

“This is an outstanding partnership that helps promote world-class hockey across the south west,” said Liam Choo-Foo, co-chair of the Swift Current committee. “We are thrilled the Town of Shaunavon has come on board as a host. This high-end event again illustrates how well south west Saskatchewan promotes national and international events.”

The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge – an international showcase of the best young hockey talent in the world – will kick off with two primetime match-ups on opening day when it heads to Alberta and Saskatchewan in November. Medicine Hat and Swift Current will co-host the tournament from Nov. 2-9.

The official tournament schedule will see Team Canada Red take on Russia on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. MT at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex in Swift Current, while Team Canada Black will face off against Team Canada White at 7 p.m. MT at the Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat.

Teams will wrap up the preliminary round on Tuesday, Nov. 5 before advancing to the quarter-finals. The tournament will conclude with the bronze and gold medal games at the Canalta Centre on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. MT and 7 p.m. MT, respectively.

Tickets for the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge are available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, or at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex box office.

For more information on the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, visit HockeyCanada.ca/WU17, or follow along through social media on Facebook and Twitter.