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MJHLers ready for World Under 17

Monday, December 27, 2010

The first puck is ready to drop at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. All 10 teams will take to the ice for pre-tournament action on Tuesday night before the tournament begins on Wednesday in both Winnipeg and Portage la

Prairie, Man.


The MJHL has two players suiting up in the Canadian Maple Leaf jersey: Landon Peel (Swan Valley) and Brendan Harms (Portage), will make their international debut. A third MJHLer, David Anning, head coach of the Winnipeg Saints, is an assistant with Canada West.


Anning says the calibre of play will be excellent and fans will be treated to world-class hockey entertainment. He notes that Canada West will likely have a homefield advantage, with the games being played at the MTS IcePlex and Portage’s PCU Centre.


Canada West opens tournament play Wednesday night at the IcePlex against rival USA. CW then plays New Year’s Eve at the IcePlex against the Czechs.


T eams are divided into two groups. Group A will feature Atlantic (New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island), Finland, Germany, Quebec and the United States, while the Czech Republic, Ontario, Pacific

(Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Yukon), Slovakia and West (Manitoba, Nunavut, Saskatchewan) will comprise Group B.





The gold medal game on Tuesday, January 4 will be broadcast on TSN/RDS, the official broadcaster of Hockey Canada. In addition, all games at the MTS Iceplex in Winnipeg and the PCU Centre in Portage la Prairie, as well as both semifinals and the bronze medal game at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, will be available via webcast for $7 per game through FASTHockey at



The 27-game tournament will be centered out of Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie, but will feature exhibition games in three partner communities - Morden, Morris and Steinbach.


The event brings together the top players in the world born in 1994 or later. The under-17 program is the first step in Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence. Many players who compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge go on to represent Canada with the National Men's Under-18 Team, National Junior Team and National Men's Team.


Seventeen of the 22 players who were selected for Canada's National Junior Team and are currently playing in the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y. played at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and alumni of the tournament include Rick Nash, Marc-André Fleury, Alexander Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Vincent Lecavalier, Patrick Kane, John Tavares and Taylor Hall.




Tickets are available for all games in Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie. For more information on tickets for the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, CLICK HERE.


For more information on the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge:


Web: www.hockeycanada.ca/wu17.ca/


Facebook: www.facebook.com/worldu17

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