DAWSON CREEK, B.C.
– Excitement is building in B.C. as the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
returns to Dawson Creek and Fort St. John for the second time in three
years. This year’s edition of Canada’s premiere showcase of the best
16-year-old players is Nov. 5-11, 2017, at the Encana Events Centre in
Dawson Creek and North Peace Arena in Fort St. John.
In partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, BC Hockey, and Hockey
was released today. Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada
White will be joined by the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and
the United States.
“I cannot express the excitement that surrounds this upcoming event being
hosted once again in our region,” said Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead.
“We were so fortunate to be able to host this event once, but to be able to
host it a second time is truly remarkable. The intricate network of people,
from volunteers to sponsors to fans that help make this event a reality is
Last year’s silver-medallist, Team Canada Black, will open the tournament
Nov. 5 at the Encana Events Centre at 2:30 p.m. MT (4:30 p.m. ET) when it
plays Team Canada White. Sweden, last year’s gold-medallist, will wrap up
opening day against Russia in Fort St. John. On Nov. 11, the bronze-medal
game will be played at 2:30 p.m. MT (4:30 p.m. ET), followed by the
gold-medal game at 7 p.m. MT (9 p.m. ET). TSN and RDS, the official
broadcasters for Hockey Canada will carry select games including the
gold-medal game; exact broadcast details will be available closer to the
“Dawson Creek and Fort St. John put on a world-class event just two years
ago and we know the community will support these young hockey players,
their team staff, and this event once again,” said Jeff Beck, senior
manager of events and properties with Hockey Canada.
Fans can take in all of the action for the best value by purchasing a
full-event ticket package, which goes on sale online April 8 at 10 a.m. PT
at HockeyCanada.ca/WU17 and DawsonCreekEventsCentre.
“The ticket and schedule announcement is the next big step along the way to
hosting this world-class event in our community,” said Fort St. John Mayor
Lori Ackerman. “Getting this information out there to hockey fans helps us
plan our work schedules around game times and will allow us to enjoy the
best part – cheering on our teams.”
Prior to puck-drop on Nov. 5, fans will get an early look at the
competition and future stars of the game as both communities will host two
pre-tournament games each on Nov. 2.
Since the first World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (then known as the Quebec
Esso Cup) in 1986, more than 1,600 NHL draft picks have played in the
tournament, including 13 of the last 16 first-overall selections (Ilya
Kovalchuk, 2001; Rick Nash, 2002; Marc-André Fleury, 2003; Alexander
Ovechkin, 2004; Erik Johnson, 2006; Patrick Kane, 2007; John Tavares, 2009;
Taylor Hall, 2010; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 2011; Nathan MacKinnon, 2013; Aaron
Ekblad, 2014; Connor McDavid, 2015; Auston Matthews, 2016).
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