CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced Wednesday that Calgary will host the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge, Nov. 27 to Dec. 3 at the new WinSport Canada Athletic and Ice Complex at Canada Olympic Park.
Canada’s National Sledge Team, the defending gold medallist, will be joined by Japan, Norway and the United States. The four teams competing in Calgary were the top four finishers at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C.
Canada won the gold medal at the last edition of the World Sledge Hockey Challenge, in April 2011 in London, Ont., capping off a dominating run through the tournament with an 8-0 victory over Norway in the gold medal game. Overall, Canada outscored the opposition 48-2 while posting a perfect 5-0 record.
“We could not be more excited to take to the ice in Calgary, the home of Hockey Canada, at the brand-new WinSport facility and go for gold,” said Mike Mondin, head coach of Canada’s National Sledge Team. “Last spring in London was such a tremendous experience, winning the gold medal in front of our fans, and we’re looking forward to what will surely be an unforgettable atmosphere in Calgary.”
Tickets are now on sale for the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge. A seven-game Team Canada package is available for just $45, including all three of Canada’s preliminary round games, both semifinals, the bronze medal game and gold medal game. Single-game tickets will be available closer to the start of the tournament. CLICK HERE for more information on tickets, including how to purchase.
Fans will be able to follow the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge via webcasts thanks to Hockey Canada and FASTHockey. All games, except for the gold medal game, will be available at hockeycanada.fasthockey.com.
The gold medal game, which will be held on Saturday, December 3 at 4 p.m. MT, will be shown on TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada. Check local listings for broadcast times in your area.