The Town of Quispamsis is ready to co-host the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. The tournament will be organized in Quispamsis and Saint John from November 3 to November 10, 2018. The organizers and the administration of both towns are expecting this tournament to boost to economy of the region.
The event is being supported by the Government of Canada which has provided Quispamsis town a non-repayable contribution of $75,000 towards hosting of the tournament. The Government of Canada as well as the four Atlantic Provinces have expressed commitments in the past to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy. The aim is to attract more visitors in the region and create new job opportunities across the region.
“This investment from ACOA (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) will help ensure that Quispamsis – and the Greater Saint John region as a whole – will be well received by our visitors who will join us from across Canada, the United States, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic,” Gary Clark, Mayor of Quispamsis said, according to Canada.ca.
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA state: “The Government of Canada is making strategic investments that build on competitive regional advantages. Through ACOA, our government is proud to support projects like this one for the Town of Quispamsis that promote diversification, build vitality in communities and enhance the regional economy.”
On October 24, Hockey Canada unveiled the three Canadian rosters – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White. These three teams will match up against the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States for a gold medal.
“After an exciting summer camp with 112 players gathering in Calgary and the selection of our 66-player roster last week, the unveiling of our three teams is one of the final stages as we prepare for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge,” said Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.), head scout for Hockey Canada.
“We are fortunate to be able to assemble three competitive, skilled teams, and we believe all 66 players will represent their country with pride in this prestigious event.”
McEwen selected players to represent Canada, with assistance from U17 POE management group lead Martin Mondou (Grand-Mère, Que./Shawinigan, QMJHL), as well as regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Barclay Parneta (West), Darren Sutherland (Atlantic), and Darrell Woodley (Ontario).