CALGARY, AB – Hockey Canada announced on Monday that Team Canada will take on Team USA in ‘pre-World Championship games’ in Halifax on April 20 at the Halifax Metro Centre and in Quebec City on April 22 at Le Colisee Pepsi. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday morning, April 6th (9am AT in Halifax and 10am ET in Quebec City).
These are the only two international games being played in North America prior to the 2005 IIHF World Championship, and will be a tune up for both teams as they prepare for the Worlds in Austria taking place April 30-May 15th.
Team Canada’s General Manager Steve Tambellini will announce Team Canada’s Roster for the 2005 IIHF Men’s World Championship in the near future. Canada’s roster will include many players from Canada’s championship team at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and from the 2004 Men’s World Championship gold medal team.
Tickets for the pre-competition tournament games in Halifax and Quebec City will go on sale to the general public Wednesday, April 6 at 9am AT in Halifax and 10am ET in Quebec City.
HALIFAX – CANADA VS. USA
Wednesday, April 20, 7:00 pm AT
Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Tickets can be purchased by phone (902) 451-1221. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Halifax Metro Centre Box Office and all participating Sobeys outlets (cash only). Ticket prices are $45, $55 and $65 (taxes included).
QUEBEC CITY – CANADA VS. USA
Friday, April 22, 7:30 pm ET
Le Colisee Pepsi, Quebec City, QC
Tickets can be purchased by calling (418) 691-7211 or by calling toll free at 1(800) 900-7469 or purchase tickets online at www.billetech.com. Ticket prices range from $25 to $65 (taxes included).
Halifax and Quebec City will play host to the 2008 IIHF Men’s World Championship, the first time Canada has hosted this prestigious international event. The 2008 Men’s Worlds will mark the 100 year anniversary of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).
“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to prepare our team for the World Championship by facing-off against the United States in Halifax and Quebec City,” said Marc Habscheid, Head Coach of Canada’s Men’s National Team. “These games will be a great showcase for the fans, and we know that both Halifax and Quebec City will be outstanding venues to cheer on and support our team as we prepare for Austria.”
Canada will play two additional games in Europe prior to the start of the World Championship: Riga, Latvia vs. Latvia on April 25 and versus Czech Republic on April 28 in Prague.
Canada will play its first game of the 2005 IIHF Men’s World Championship against Latvia on Saturday April 30th, 2005. All of Canada’s games from Austria will be broadcast on TSN/RDS and on the FAN radio network. Canada has won gold at the past two Men’s World Championships – 2004 in Czech Republic and 2003 in Finland, and will be going for ‘three in a row’ in Austria.