The Brooks Bandits are set to welcome four regional champions to the 49th edition of the National Junior A Championship, May 11-19.
The host Bandits will compete with the Oakville Blades (Central), Ottawa Jr. Senators (East), Prince George Spruce Kings (Pacific) and Portage Terriers (West) at the Centennial Regional Arena.
“Brooks has been waiting nearly a decade for this moment and we can’t wait for the Centennial Regional Arena to host a major national event that Bandit fans have come to know and love,” said Tyler King, chair of the host committee and business manager with the Bandits. “We want everyone to leave this place amazed by the quality of event and community that we’ll be showing them. None of this would be possible without hundreds of hours of work from the incredible hockey fans that surround this region. We’d like to thank everyone who made this possible and can’t wait to show what we’ve got!”
Historically, the event has generated more than $2 million in local economic impact, with event proceeds being directed back into the community to support hockey growth and development.
The 2019 National Junior A Championship features 10 preliminary-round games, including the Bandits’ tournament-opener against Oakville at 7 p.m. MT on May 11, along with two semifinals and the championship game.
TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will broadcast the championship game at 3 p.m. MT on May 19, while all other games will be available via live stream at HockeyCanada.ca/NJAC.