NEW GLASGOW, NS -- The Canadian Hockey Association announced that the Nova Scotia Hockey Association has
been awarded the 2001 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge. The tournament will feature five regional Canadian
teams and five international teams from to in Truro and New Glasgow, Nova
Canadian teams will represent Pacific, Western, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic regions. Five international
squads will be on hand but the countries have not yet been confirmed. The format of the tournament is a round
robin of five team pools, with the top two teams from each pool facing off in semi-finals.
Canada last held this event in 1996-97 in Red Deer, AB. The 2000 World Under 17 Challenge will be held in
Timmins, ON from to featuring five regional teams from Canada and squads
from Russia, Finland, the United States, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
"This is an important early step in our Program of Excellence, allowing our young players to be exposed to
high-calibre international competition," said Bob Nicholson, President of the Canadian Hockey
"We are very proud to have been selected by the CHA as the host and I know that everyone will be ready to
welcome this world class event," said Elaine Flynn, Chairperson of the Organizing Committee.
"The NSHA's bid submission was very well prepared," said Scott Smith, Vice-president, Operations of the
CHA. "We have no doubt that this will be a tremendous event and look forward to working with the Organizing
Nova Scotia has hosted other major hockey events in the past with great success, such as the 1997 Air
Canada Cup National Midget Championship and the 1998 Allan Cup National Senior Championship.
The tournament features many of the worldâs rising stars. Red Deer saw players such as 1999 World Junior
Championship stars Michal Travnicek of the Czech Republic, Christian Bergland and Henrik and Daniel Sedin
from Sweden, Denis Schvidki and Vitali Vishnevski of Russia, Bryan Allen, Rico Fata of Team Ontario and Robyn
Regehr of Team Canada, and NHL players Vincent Lecavalier of Team Québec and Manny Malhotra of Team