Alberni Valley to Host 2009 World Under-17 Challenge
August 16, 2007

Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday that the Alberni Valley has been chosen to host the 2009 World Under-17 Challenge.

“This particular event has never been hosted on the west coast and we’ve been given an amazing opportunity to show the world what Port Alberni and Vancouver Island are all about,” said Ron Paulson, who chaired the bid committee. “There is already a deep level of commitment to hockey in our region and an event such as this will add significantly to the legacy of the sport in our community.”

Five international teams will join five regional teams from across Canada to play 27 games over seven days in December 2008 and January 2009. Since the inception of the tournament in 1986, more than 1,000 alumni have been drafted by NHL teams.

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)


Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada


Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


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