CALGARY, Alta. – Ten prep and varsity sport school teams, along with two national under-17 teams, are in Calgary for the 2013 World Sport School Challenge, which runs Dec. 28 to Jan. 2 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park.
In its second year, The World Sport School Challenge was developed in line with a commitment made by Hockey Canada’s officers and branches, “to service sport schools and create a positive and flexible infrastructure that meets the needs of this Hockey Canada customer,” one of six priorities of focus the organization committed to in August 2011.
After a six-team event last year, the World Sport School Challenge doubles in size for 2013 with separate six-team Prep and Varsity divisions, each competing for a gold medal.
The Prep Division includes defending gold medallist Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Faribault, Minn.), Banff Hockey Academy (Banff, Alta.), Edge School for Athletes (Calgary, Alta.), Okanagan Hockey Academy (Penticton, B.C.) and national under-17 teams from the Czech Republic and Germany.
The Varsity Division features Banff Hockey Academy, two teams from Edge School for Athletes, Gold and Maroon, Okanagan Hockey Academy, Rothesay Netherwood School (Rothesay, N.B.) and the Swiss International Sports and Education Center (Cochrane, Alta.).
The six teams will each play three preliminary round games. The top two teams will receive an automatic bye to the semifinals, while the third-place and sixth-place teams, and fourth-place and fifth-place teams, will meet in the quarter-finals.
All games played on Rink A at the Markin MacPhail Centre, including quarter-finals, semifinals and the bronze medal game in the Prep Division and gold medal games in both divisions, can be seen live via webcast through FASTHockey at hockeycanada.fasthockey.com.
Fans can watch all the action for free by following three steps:
STEP 1: Visit hockeycanada.fasthockey.com and sign up for a free FASTHockey account.
STEP 2: Like the World Sport School Challenge on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wsschallenge.
STEP 3: Just prior to the game, click the HC on FASTHockey link on the World Sport School Challenge Facebook page to watch.
Full tournament ticket packages for the 2013 World Sport School Challenge are available for just $50 each (plus applicable fees). That price includes admission to all 32 games in the Prep and Varsity divisions, including 16 preliminary round games, four quarter-finals, four semifinals, two fifth-place games, two bronze medal games and two gold medal games.
Across the country, Hockey Canada currently endorses about 10 sport schools, which have formal partnerships with educational institutions with the aim to enhance learning opportunities for students while also developing their hockey skills.