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MEDICINE HAT AND SWIFT CURRENT SELECTED AS CO-HOSTES OF 2019 WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE

Alberta and Saskatchewan to co-host event for first time

Post Date:01/16/2019 4:10 PM

January 16, 2019
For Immediate Release

MEDICINE HAT AND SWIFT CURRENT SELECTED AS CO-HOSTS OF 2019 WORLD
UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE

Alberta and Saskatchewan to co-host event for first time

MEDICINE HAT, Alta., & SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. – For the first time in the 33-year history of
the event, the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge – an international showcase of the best young
hockey talent in the world – will be co-hosted in a pair of Prairie provinces. Medicine Hat,
Alta., and Swift Current, Sask., will welcome the event from Nov. 2-9, 2019.

The 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge represents a partnership between Hockey Canada,
Hockey Alberta, the Saskatchewan Hockey Association and the Canadian Hockey League, as
well as the cities of Medicine Hat and Swift Current, and the Medicine Hat Tigers and Swift
Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League.

“There was a great deal of effort from many individuals to bring this event to our community,
so it’s a tremendous honour to co-host with our counterparts in Swift Current,” says Ted
Clugston, Mayor of Medicine Hat. “We’re looking forward to welcoming the players, their
families, and hockey fans to our city, and showcasing our community and its amenities on an
international scale.”

The 7,100-seat Canalta Centre will host teams and fans when the tournament returns to
Alberta for the second time; Lethbridge welcomed the world in 2005.

“Alberta has hosted a number of successful Hockey Canada events in recent history, and
Hockey Alberta looks forward to ensuring the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is even
more successful,” said Rob Litwinski, chief executive officer of Hockey Alberta. “We are
thrilled to welcome the top under-17 hockey players in the world to Alberta for the first time
since 2005, and to work with the host committee in Medicine Hat on this prestigious event.”

Swift Current previously hosted the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 1998 when Team
Canada West won gold, and most recently hosted a pre-tournament game in advance of the
2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask. The 2019 edition of the
U17 tournament will be played at the 2,879-seat Innovation Credit Union iPlex.

“We’re thrilled and appreciative to be co-hosting this tournament with Medicine Hat, as it is a
golden opportunity for Swift Current,” said Denis Perrault, Mayor of Swift Current.
“International events such as this not only help to transform and grow our city as it engages our
citizens, but it is just one more reason to make Swift Current and this region your destination
place. The positive economic impact will be a notable benefit for many in this part of the
country.”

“The Saskatchewan Hockey Association is elated to welcome this world-class event back to
Swift Current, and to share hosting duties with Hockey Alberta and the City of Medicine Hat,”
said SHA executive director Kelly McClintock. “Hockey fans in Swift Current and throughout
Saskatchewan will have the opportunity to watch the best young players in the world, some of
whom have honed their skills in our local minor hockey associations.”

Recent editions of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge have resulted in a local economic
boost to the host regions of up to $6 million.

The official tournament schedule and ticket information will be announced at a later date.

For more information on the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, please visit HockeyCanada.ca,
or follow along via social media on Facebook or Twitter.

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For more information or to be removed from the media contact list, please contact:
Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
(905) 906-5327
ssharkey@hockeycanada.ca
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CO‐HOSTS NAMED FOR U17 CHALLENGE
The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is headed to the Prairies in 2019 – Medicine
Hat, Alta., and Swift Current, Sask., will co-host the showcase tournament next
November.

HERO LINKS
2019 World U17 Hockey Challenge

Co‐hosts named for U17s
The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is headed to the Prairies – Medicine Hat and
Swift Current will co-host in 2019.

U17 co‐hosts named
Medicine Hat and Swift Current will welcome the world in 2019.

Co‐hosts named for U17s
Medicine Hat and Swift Current will welcome the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
in 2019.


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