REGINA, Sask. – Representatives of Hockey Canada and the 2010 host organizing committee announced on Monday that Canada’s National Junior Team will play two pre-competition games in Regina prior to the start of the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Canada will play the Czech Republic on Monday, December 21 at 7 p.m. CT, before facing Sweden in a rematch of the past two gold medal games on December 23 at 6 p.m. CT. Both games will take place at the Brandt Centre in Regina.
Tickets to the two pre-competition games in December are part of a ticket package that also includes all 10 round-robin games in Regina. Ticket packages for the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship are currently available through Ticketmaster, either at ticketmaster.ca, 1-800-970-SEAT, or any Ticketmaster outlet. More ticket information is listed below.
Canada’s National Junior Team will also hold its December selection camp in Regina. The camp will run from December 12-16, 2009. Between 30 and 40 players will compete for one of the 22 final roster spots.
During the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, the city of Regina will host a round-robin group that includes four of the five most successful nations in IIHF World Junior Championship history, including Russia, which has won an all-time high 31 medals at the event, including 15 gold medals. The Czech Republic ranks third all-time, with 15 medals, followed by Sweden (14) and Finland (13). Canada ranks second all-time, with 28 medals.