World-class hockey coming to Sarnia-Lambton

Sarnia-Lambton will host the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge this fall.

Sarnia’s RBC Centre is the focal point of the 24-game tournament, which will also see games played at The Shores Recreation Centre in Forest as well as pre-tournament matches in Petrolia and Watford.

“It is a new era for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and we’re excited Sarnia-Lambton will play host to this historic event,” said Scott Smith, chief operating officer of Hockey Canada.

Three national teams will represent Canada, as well as teams from Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States.

Previously, Canada fielded five regional teams: Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific, Quebec and West.

The tournament runs Nov. 2 to 8.

Passionate volunteers and Tourism Sarnia-Lambton, the city, Sarnia Sting, and Lambton Shores assembled the successful bid, said Vicky Praill, TSL’s special events co-ordinator.

“Together, the host committee is committed to hosting a first-class event that will leave a lasting legacy and create memories that will last a lifetime.”

Sarnia-Lambton joins Sudbury (1992), Kitchener (1998), Timmins (2000 and 2010), London (2008) and Windsor (2012) as Ontario hosts of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Ticket information had not yet been released.

– Journal Staff