(ISN) – CALGARY, Alta. – With the help of some of Canada’s most-loved Team Canada alumni at multiple events this morning, Hockey Canada and presenting partner RBC announced the schedule for the RBC Road to the World Juniors. This pre-tournament tour of exhibition games, ahead of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship will extend the excitement of world-class hockey outside of the two tournament host cities, Toronto and Montreal.
Eight cities across Ontario and Quebec will play host to international teams, featuring 10 games from Dec. 19-23, before the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship begins Dec. 26 in Toronto, Ont., and Montreal, Que.
RBC ROAD TO THE WORLD JUNIORS SCHEDULE
Dec. 19, 2014 Canada vs. Russia Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ont.
Dec. 19, 2014 Czech Republic vs. Finland Strathcona Paper Centre Napanee, Ont.
Dec. 21, 2014 Canada vs. Sweden Canadian Tire Centre Ottawa, Ont.
Dec. 21, 2014 Slovakia vs. Switzerland Memorial Centre Peterborough, Ont.
Dec. 21, 2014 Germany vs. United States Rogers K-Rock Centre Kingston, Ont.
Dec. 21, 2014 Finland vs. Russia General Motors Centre Oshawa, Ont.
Dec. 23, 2014 Canada vs. Switzerland Bell Centre Montreal, Que.
Dec. 23, 2014 Czech Republic vs. Slovakia Memorial Centre Peterborough, Ont.
Dec. 23, 2014 Sweden vs. United States Rogers K-Rock Centre Kingston, Ont.
Dec. 23, 2014 Denmark vs. Germany Centre d’excellence Sports Rousseau Blainville, Que.
“As a long-time supporter of hockey and amateur sport in Canada, RBC is thrilled to support this opportunity to present the world’s best young hockey players to fans in multiple communities,” said Jane Broderick, chief brand and communications officer, RBC. “We’re also pleased to present RBC Learn to Skate programs in these towns to build confidence in kids and encourage healthy, active lifestyles – which is part of the RBC Kids Pledge – a five-year, $100 million promise to help one million kids across Canada.”
“Toronto and Montreal will be the centre of the junior hockey world this December, but we’re thrilled to be able to take the excitement of the World Juniors to other communities before the first puck drops on Boxing Day,” said Pat McEleney, executive director of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. “The RBC Road to the World Juniors will be the perfect kick-off to the biggest and best World Juniors ever.”
“This is a tremendous opportunity for hockey fans across Ontario and Quebec to experience the excitement of the IIHF World Junior Championship,” said Tom Renney, president and CEO of Hockey Canada. “We can’t wait to welcome the future stars of the game, and showcase the passion of Canadian hockey fans.”
Ticket packages for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship are still available in both cities.
In Toronto, 19-game packages include one Team Canada pre-competition game, 10 preliminary round games, two quarter-finals, two relegation round games, two semifinals, the bronze medal game and gold medal game.
In Montreal, 13-game ticket packages are still available, including one Team Canada pre-competition game, four Team Canada preliminary round games, six other round robin games, and two quarter-finals.
In addition, three new mini ticket packages are now on sale in Montreal, featuring four or five games, including at least one Team Canada game. Mini packages begin at $170, plus applicable fees.
Ticket information for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, and all 10 RBC Road to the World Juniors pre-tournament games, can be found at www.hockeycanada.ca/2015juniors.