SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA - The Canadian Hockey Association announced Thursday that Canada's National Junior team will play an international exhibition hockey game versus Slovakia in Sydney, NS, on Friday December 20th at Centre 200 at 7:00P.M. (AT).
The teams will use this exhibition game as a tune-up for the 2003 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship taking place in both Halifax and Sydney from December 26th through January 5th.
Centre 200, in Syndey, N.S., will be the host venue for 10 games from December 26-31, 2002 of the World Junior Championship. Sydney will be hosting Group "A", featuring teams from Russia, Switzerland, United States, Slovakia and Belarus.
Canada's team will be based during the Championship in Group "B" in Halifax, along with Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic and Germany.
An eleven game ticket package for all games in Sydney, which includes the December 20th Team Canada exhibition game and all 10 Group "A" games, is now on sale for $265 (tax exempt). Those who have already purchased a 10 game ticket package in Sydney prior to October 3rd, can reserve and purchase a Team Canada - Slovakia game ticket now for $15 each.
Tickets and packages for Sydney are available at the Centre 200 box office by calling (902) 564-2200 or (902) 563-5084, or contact the IIHF World Junior Championship office in Sydney at (902) 539-9601.
Canada's first game at the 2003 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship will take place on December 26th in Halifax versus Sweden. TSN/RDS will broadcast all of Canada's preliminary round games from Halifax - check local listings for details.
Canada's full pre-World Junior Championship schedule of exhibition games and practices will be released within the next two weeks.