Nanaimo to host World Junior Hockey Championship exhibition game

Kelowna has been tabbed to host a pre-tournament game leading up to the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championships.

Russia and Sweden will face off Dec. 18 at Prospera Place in the first of 12 exhibition games prior to the world juniors, which run in Vancouver and Victoria from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.

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“The Kelowna Rockets are very happy to be partnering with Hockey Canada and Prospera Place to bring this exciting game to Kelowna,” said Rockets president and GM Bruce Hamilton.

The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship is fortunate to have Lordco Auto Parts on board as title sponsor of the Road to the World Juniors, said tournament director Riley Wiwchar. The support and involvement from our sponsors, like Lordco, ensures that were able to deliver this unique event to communities throughout B.C., while also showcasing the future stars of the game to fans around the world. We look forward to our partnership with Lordco through the pre-tournament games and during the tournament.

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“Sweden and Russia are consistently two of the best teams in the world, and for our fans, this game will be a real treat."

Current NHL stars Evgeni Malkin, David Krejčí, Alexander Radulov, Nicklas Bäckström and Alex Edler all played numerous games at Prospera Place during the 2006 tournament.

This series of exhibition games will give thousands of British Columbians the opportunity to see top notch international junior hockey in their home communities, said Lisa Beare, minister of tourism, arts and culture. The Province of British Columbia is committed to hosting events like these to help inspire more people to get physically active and to boost local businesses.

“Kelowna has a proven track record of hosting events of this calibre, and getting the chance to showcase the best junior players in the world on Canadian ice is something young fans will remember for a long time,” said Scott Smith, president of Hockey Canada.

Fans can also show their pride this December with a number of ticket options to help them REPRESENT in Vancouver, including single-game tickets which are now available. A limited quantity of full-event ticket packages are available for purchase in Vancouver and Victoria, along with nine- and 10-game ticket pack options available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets.

Hamilton says the pre-tournament game is a complimentary "bonus" game for season ticket holders.

Ticket information will be released on Thursday, with Rockets season ticket holders having a special pre-buy period to purchase extra tickets.

Nine communities across British Columbia will play host to all 10 competing teams during 12 pre-tournament games from Dec. 18-23, before the puck officially drops Boxing Day on the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria.

The road to the World Juniors will run through nine different communities in British Columbia next month.

Hockey Canada announced the Czech Republic will face off against Slovakia on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena. Its part of 12 pre-tournament games in nine communities around B.C.

Twelve pre-tournament games have been announced, as international hockey gets spread around the province beginning on December 18. It includes all 10 teams competing in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, beginning in Vancouver and Victoria next month.

Ten teams are competing in the highly-anticipated tournament between Boxing Day and Jan. 5, which will see 12 games played at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.

The Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island will each receive five pre-tournament games, while BCs Interior hosts two games of their own.

This series of exhibition games will give thousands of British Columbians the opportunity to see top-notch international junior hockey in their home communities, said Lisa Beare, minister of tourism, arts and culture. The Province of British Columbia is committed to hosting events like these to help inspire more people to get physically active and to boost local businesses.

The Road to the World Juniors, presented by @LordcoParts, features 12 games across nine B.C. communities between December 18-23. #REPRESENT

While the tournament host arenas in Vancouver and Victoria will see additional games, so will some smaller arenas, like the 1,854-seat Weyerhaeuser Arena in Port Alberni, and 2,000-seat Bill Copeland Arena in Burnaby.

Canucks fans in Metro Vancouver should get their first in-person look at Quinn Hughes on December 22, as the Langley Events Centre hosts USA vs Czech Republic.

Rogers Arena will be the venue for Canadas final tune-up game against Finland before the tournament begins for real on Boxing Day.