PENTICTON, B.C. – Some of the world’s top young hockey players have gathered in Penticton, B.C. for the 2010 World Junior A Challenge, which kicks off Monday, Nov. 8 and runs until Sunday, Nov. 14.
Before the tournament begins, the two Canadian entries will take part in three exhibition games.
Friday, November 5
Canada West vs. Canada East 7 p.m. PT Wesbild Centre Vernon, B.C.
Saturday, November 6
Canada East vs. Russia 7 p.m. PT Royal LePage Place West Kelowna, B.C.
Canada West vs. USA 7:30 p.m. PT South Okanagan Events Centre Penticton, B.C.
On Monday, Nov. 8, the tournament opens when Canada East takes on the two-time defending champions from the United States in the early game (4 p.m. PT), while host Canada West faces Switzerland in the late game (7:30 p.m. PT). Those four teams are joined by Russia and Sweden to round out the six-team field. All 13 games at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge will take place at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton.
The 2010 World Junior A Challenge will follow the same format as previous years – the six teams will be separated into two groups of three teams. The group winners will receive an automatic bye to the semifinals, while the second-place and third-place teams will crossover for the quarter-finals.
The gold medal game, which will be shown nationally on TSN/RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, is set for Sunday, Nov. 14 (check your local listings). All preliminary round games, quarter-finals, semifinals and the bronze medal game can be seen live via webcast through FASTHockey at hockeycanada.fasthockey.com.
Single-game tickets, eight-game flex packs and full-tournament ticket packages are still available at the South Okanagan Events Centre box office, online at www.valleyfirsttix.com or by phone at 1-877-763-2849.
The 2010 World Junior A Challenge marks the second time in the event’s five-year history that it is being held in British Columbia. Penticton joins Yorkton and Humboldt, Sask. (2006), Trail and Nelson, B.C. (2007), Camrose, Alta. (2008) and Summerside, P.E.I. (2009), as host cities.
Since the first World Junior A Challenge in 2006 in Yorkton, Sask., the tournament has produced 71 NHL draft picks, including twelve first-round selections (Kyle Turris, Nikita Filatov, Alexander Burmistrov, Dmitri Kulikov, Jaden Schwartz, Joe Colborne, Vladimir Tarasenko, Beau Bennett, Riley Nash, John Moore, Brendan Smith, Dylan Olsen).
Every gold medal game at the World Junior A Challenge has featured at least one Canadian team. Canada West won gold at the first two tournaments, in 20, before taking silver in 20. Canada East was silver medalists in 20 and claimed bronze in 2008.
Jason La Rose, Hockey Canada’s coordinator of content services, and Keegan Goodrich, coordinator of media relations, will be on-site during the 2010 World Junior A Challenge for any tournament information or media requests. Jason can be reached at (403) 703-8791, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keegan can be reached at (403) 519-5742 or at email@example.com.