Hockey Canada releases new ticket packages for 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship
Monday’s news conference was kicked off with a look at the preparations underway for Canada to host the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship on home ice this December. Tom Renney, president and CEO of Hockey Canada, noted the nation-wide impact on the growth of the game that stemmed from hosting the event in 2015.
“Canadians expect us to deliver gold on the ice, and there’s no question that’s what we seek to deliver each and every time we put together a Team Canada roster,” said Renney. “When we have the opportunity to host a World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada’s measures of success expand to delivering a gold-medal experience for fans attending the event, and just as importantly, to delivering on an event legacy that positively impacts the growth of the game at all levels from coast-to-coast-to-coast.”
Renney noted that when Montreal and Toronto last hosted the World Juniors in 2015, the event’s legacy fed directly into allowing more than 30,000 players to be introduced to the game through the Initiation Program or a learn-to-play program; over 5,000 coaches were recruited, trained, and certified; and more than 2,500 players had access to skill-development programs.
“We build our events so that we can reinvest the proceeds into the growth of the game at all levels,” said Renney. “Whether it’s a national championship or a IIHF championship, we work closely with the host committees to create lasting legacies that positively impact hockey at the local level, and nationwide.”
Montreal and Toronto will welcome the world once again in six short months, and Hockey Canada has released full-event ticket packages, as well as mini-packs for both cities that allow hockey fans to tailor their experience and cheer on the up-and-coming hockey talent from hockey powerhouse countries around the world.
Beginning Tuesday, June 7, two new ticket packages at all price points from the Platinum to the Purple sections are available for games at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Starting at $54 per game, the packages feature at least two Canada preliminary-round games, and give fans a chance to see all five teams in Group B – Canada, Latvia, Russia, Slovakia, and the United States.
Montreal launched a series of mini-packs in May, including a “medal pack” featuring two quarterfinal games, two semifinals, and the bronze- and gold-medal games.
Tickets are available at both venues, including for marquee games such as the gold-medal game in Montreal and the New Year’s Eve Canada-U.S. match-up in Toronto.