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Nov. 6, 2017

Pre-Tournament Games:

Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), the Maritime Hockey League (MHL), Hockey Nova Scotia and the Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC), is bringing the World Junior A Challenge back to Atlantic Canada from Dec. 10-16, 2017.  

Three pre-tournament games are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 8. The Truro Junior A Bearcats will take on the Czech Republic at 3:30 p.m. at the RECC, followed by Canada East taking on the United States at 7:30 p.m. In addition, Canada West will face off against Russia at Amherst Stadium. 

Tickets to all three games will be on sale this Friday, Nov. 10 for $10 per game, and fans can buy a package that includes both games that are played at the RECC for $15. 

“It is a great honour for our entire organization to be involved in a pre-tournament game during the World Junior A Challenge. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our players, and a memory that they will hold forever,” said Shawn Evans, head coach of the Truro Junior A Bearcats. “I am very pleased for TJ Smith and Jamie Barbour, who are very good coaches that I respect. This is a nice reward for them. Our team, representing the MHL, will do its best to provide our opponent a challenging and high-intensity game.” 

Evans will serve as associate coach for Canada East, joined on the staff by Bearcats equipment manager Steve Lindsey. 

Ticket and Tournament Package Information

As a special thank-you, names of full-tournament package holders will be included on a rink board, which will be displayed in the RECC after the World Junior A Challenge to highlight their support for the tournament. 

In order to have their name included, fans must purchase their tournament packages by Monday, Nov. 13. 

Full-tournament packages – which give fans the best value at $175 and are the only way to secure reserved seating (all other ticket options will be general admission) – include all 13 games, but do not include admission to the pre-tournament games. 

An Evening Game package, which includes a general admission ticket to all six evening games plus the gold medal game – scheduled for 3 p.m. on Dec. 16 – will be available starting Friday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. for $99.50. These packages will be limited. 

On Friday, Dec. 1, all other general tickets will be available for purchase. These include single-game tickets at $15 per game for the preliminary round, quarter-finals, and semifinals, $20 for the bronze medal game, and $25 for gold medal game, inclusive of all taxes and fees. 

Also on Dec. 1, fans can purchase a Day Pass for $25 that gives access to both games on any given day from Dec. 10-14. In addition, a Family 4-Pack will be available, giving a family of four access to any game from Dec. 10-14 for $49.50. 

Jed Ritcey Legacy Fund Dinner Reception and Auction Information:

The 2017 World Junior A Challenge will also serve as a catalyst for the establishment of the Jed Ritcey Legacy FundThe late Jed Ritcey was a past Hockey Canada board member and Hockey Nova Scotia past-president and Life Member. Supporting the newly-formed Legacy Fund, there is a WJAC kick-off event presented by Macdonald's Chisholm Trask Insurance planned for the evening of Dec. 7 that will include a reception and dinner, entertainment, and an opportunity to meet Team Canada East and Team Canada West.

It will be a celebration of the great game and local heroes that have contributed to the sport. Tickets to the kick-of this event will go on sale Friday, Nov. 17 at 10am.

All ticket information can be found at or Full-tournament packages and kick-off event tickets can be purchased here, in-person at the RECC, or by calling 1.888.311.9090. All other tickets will be also be available at any ticketpro outlet. 

About the World Junior A Challenge 

The World Junior A Challenge features two Canadian teams, representing East and West, as well as four international entries vying for a gold medal. Nine of the 11 gold-medal games at the World Junior A Challenge have featured at least one Canadian team. Team Canada West won gold at the first two tournaments, in 2006 and 2007, and also took home gold in 2011 and 2015. The team also won silver medals in 2008, 2009, and 2012, as well as bronze in 2013. Team Canada East won silver medals in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2016, as well as claiming the bronze medal in 2008.

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