Before the puck drops in Bonnyville on the 2016 World Junior A Challenge, four teams will hit the ice for pre-tournament action Dec. 9 in Cold Lake and St. Paul, Alta.
Five past World Junior A Challenge MVP recipients were among the 46 alumni who started the 2016-17 season on NHL rosters.
The schedule is set for the six teams and full-event ticket packages will let fans check out all 13 games in Bonnyville.
For the first time since 2007, three Canadian WJAC alumni were selected in the opening round of the NHL Entry Draft.
Barry Wolff, who won gold as an assistant in 2015, will lead Canada West as head coach at the 2016 World Junior A Challenge.
Jason Clarke, who has led Carleton Place to three-straight RBC Cup appearances, will return as head coach for Canada East.