CALGARY, AB – With the Canadian Junior A Hockey League season set to kick off this weekend, players on all
of the CJAHL’s 142 teams have more than just a berth in the 2007 RBC Royal Bank Cup to play for.
From November 6-12, 2006, Canada’s best Junior A players will converge on Yorkton and Humboldt,
Saskatchewan for the first-ever World Junior A Challenge, held in partnership between Hockey Canada and the
CJAHL. The event marks the first time Junior A players will have the chance to compete on an international
The CJAHL representatives will be split into two teams, with Team Canada West – represented by the British
Columbia Hockey League, Alberta Junior Hockey League, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Manitoba Junior
Hockey League and Superior International Junior Hockey League – and Team Canada East – represented by the
Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League, Central Junior Hockey League,
Ligue de Hockey Junior AAA du Quebec and Maritime Junior A Hockey League – joining national teams from
Belarus, Slovakia, Russia and Germany for the seven-day tournament.
Team Canada West will be led by Director of Operations Darcy Rota, of the 2006 RBC Royal Bank Cup champion
Burnaby Express of the BCHL. He will be joined on the West staff by Head Coach Boris Rybalka (Camrose, AJHL),
assistant coaches Bruno Campese (Penticton, BCHL), Dwight McMillan (Weyburn, SJHL) and Ken Pearson (Winnipeg
South, MJHL), along with equipment manager Ron Holloway (Yorkton, SJHL) and team therapist Don Pindus
Team Canada East’s Director of Operations will be Paul Currie of the Yarmouth Motor Mart Mariners of the
MJAHL. Currie will be joined on the East staff by Head Coach Jerome Dupont (Aurora, OPJHL), assistant coaches
Troy Ryan (Pictou County, MJAHL) and Marty Abrams (Wellington, OPJHL), along with equipment manager Darren
Allan (Calgary Royals, AJHL) and team therapist Bill O’Connor (Lloydminster, AJHL).
The individual coaching staff members, along with the Director of Operations, will scout training camps
and games in their regions, and the staffs as a whole will invite 22 players to training camp, which will
take place in the days leading up to the event in Nipawin, SK (Team Canada East) and Weyburn, SK (Team Canada
Both teams will play exhibition games prior to the tournament before the tournament opens November 6, when
Team Canada West takes on Russia in Yorkton. Team Canada East opens up the following night, November 7, when
they face Slovakia in Humboldt.
Ticket packages for the 2006 World Junior A Challenge are now on sale for all games at the Gallagher
Centre in Yorkton, by phone at 306-783-3909 during regular business hours or online at www.hockeycanada.ca. Packages for Yorkton are $99 (plus GST) for
eight games: four round robin games, two semi-final games, and the medal games. Seats for individual games
will only be available 48 hours prior to the start of the tournament.
Ticket packages for the four Humboldt round robin games are on sale at the Humboldt Broncos’ office at
306-682-5575. Humboldt packages are $55 (GST included) for the four round robin games to be played at the
Elgar Petersen Arena.