Dawson Creek and Fort St. John to co-host World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Feb 15, 2017
Hockey Alberta has awarded the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge to Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.
The communities will co-host the event, just like to they did in 2015.
"I think we're still kind of pinching ourselves, realizing that it's happening so soon. There's quite a buzz around the North Peace," said Ross DeBoer, Director of Recreation and Leisure Services for the City of Fort St. John. "We generated in the neighbourhood of $6 million in economic activity (in 2015) for the Peace Region, and the province of B.C. So, pretty substantial when it comes to economic impact."
The eight-team tournament generally features three Canadian squads along with Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Finland and the United States.
"Everybody's eyeing up potential (NHL) draft names as we speak," said DeBoer. "The calibre of hockey that you see at the U-17 level is almost staggering."
The tournament goes November 5-11, 2017. Team Sweden is the defending champion. Canada White won it the last time it was in the Peace Region. They defeated Russia in the gold medal match.
Games will be split between the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek and North Peace Arena in Fort St. John. Medal games will be played at the Encana Events Centre due to the capacity of the facility.
- Trevor Snell