For the first time in the 24-year history of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, the tournament is returning to a previous host city when Timmins, Ont. plays host from to.
And fans in Timmins and the five partner communities are in for a treat, as the 2010 event will include one of the strongest fields in tournament history. In addition to the five Canadian regional teams (Pacific, West, Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic), this year’s international entries include the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States.
All five international teams have appeared in the gold medal game at past World Under-17 Hockey Challenges, with three – Russia (1988, 2000), Finland (1990) and the United States (2001, 2002) – hoisting the Quebec Cup as tournament champions.
Timmins and New Liskeard will get their fair share of international action, as four of the non-Canadian sides will hit the ice at McIntyre Arena and the New Liskeard Recreation Centre, respectively, during preliminary round play.
After exhibition action in all five communities on Monday, December 28, tournament play kicks off at 2 p.m. ET the following day when Team Atlantic faces the 2008 gold medalists and 2009 silver medal winners, the United States, in Timmins and 2009’s silver medalists, Team Pacific, face Russia in Kapuskasing.
The preliminary round will run from December 29 to January 2, with semifinals set for January 3 and the bronze and gold medal games scheduled for January 4 at McIntyre Arena in Timmins. The gold medal game can be seen on TSN/RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada.
Ticket packages are now available:
Timmins – 16 games – $240
Iroquois Falls – 4 games – $60
Cochrane, Kapuskasing, Kirkland Lake, New Liskeard – 3 games each – $45
Packages are available at each of the five venues, or over the phone at 705-360-2621, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.