WINNIPEG — Hockey Canada’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be held in Winnipeg in both 2011 and 2012, the first time the international event will be held in the same location for two straight years.
The tournaments, announced Wednesday at a press conference, will include preliminary round games held the True North MoosePlex with the semifinals and medal games played at MTS Centre. The MoosePlex is a new facility which is now under construction in Winnipeg’s outer west area near the Pointe West Autopark.
The 2011 event is set for Dec. 28, 2010-Jan. 4, 2011. Dates for the 2012 event are not yet set.
"We’re going to see some of the best young players in the world right here at the MoosePlex and MTS Centre," said Jim Ludlow, president and CEO of True North Sports and Entertainment.
"We are honoured to have been selected as the first venue ever to host the tournament by Hockey Canada for two consecutive years. I think that shows the confidence that Hockey Canada has in True North Sports and Entertainment and Winnipeg hockey fans to devote their support to such a great grassroots hockey tournament."
A major Hockey Canada event, the tournaments will include five regional teams from across Canada and five teams from other countries. Male players from Canada who are 16 years of age and selected to their regional teams through an extensive evaluation process will participate in the tournaments.
The World Under-17 Challenge was hosted in Manitoba once before as Selkirk and Stonewall co-hosted it in 2002.