LONDON, ON – The 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge announced on Wednesday that individual tickets and ticket packages are on sale for the event that will take place in London, Ontario from -.
Host Committee Chair Joe O’Neill made the announcement at a press conference held in conjunction with HDCO’s announcement of Team Ontario’s roster for the World Under-17 Challenge. Single tickets and bronze and gold medal championship packages are now on sale.
“The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will give London's knowledgeable hockey fans a first look at true international hockey, while supporting local minor hockey initiatives,” said Host Committee Chair Joe O’Neill. “This will be a week of great hockey at a great value. The Host Committee looks forward to working with on the corporate and local community in London to make this the best World Under-17 Challenge ever.”
This Hockey Canada event will feature five regional teams from across Canada and five international teams from Finland, Germany, Russia, Slovakia and USA. Team Ontario will play in a division which includes Team Pacific, Quebec, Finland and Slovakia.
Tickets for the 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge can be purchased at the John Labatt Centre (JLC) in London, ON – phone: (866) 455-2849. For more information and the full 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge game schedule, go to www.hockeycanada.ca/wu17.
Tournament packages (includes tickets to all 13 games at JLC) $135
Medal game packages (includes both medal games) $30
Medal game tickets (individual tickets to Bronze or Gold game) $18
Individual game tickets (includes all games at JLC) $14
Individual game tickets (satellite venues) $7
Note – Tickets for individual games at one of the five satellite venues are on sale at each individual venue (Lucan Memorial Centre, Lucan, ON; Gemini Sportsplex, Strathroy, ON; Rotary Complex, Stratford, ON; Southwood Community Complex, Woodstock, ON; Timken Community Complex, St. Thomas, ON)
Team Ontario roster announced
Rob Kitamura, Director of Operations for Team Ontario, was in attendance at Wednesday’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge press conference, and unveiled the host team’s roster.
Team Ontario will get things under way on December 28th with an exhibition game against Team Russia in St. Thomas, ON, and will play its first game of the round-robin series against Team Pacific on December 29th at the John Labatt Centre in London, ON. The bronze and gold medal games will take place on January 4th, 2008.
The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is an annual event showcasing some of the best young hockey talent in the world. Canada's entries are regional teams from all areas of Canada. The Under-17 program is the first step of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. The Program of Excellence is a high performance program that is based on a progressive model that begins in the branches at the U17 to continue at the national level with the U18 and National Junior Teams.