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Information on tickets, schedules and pools were released today at a kick off event in Dawson Creek for the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. with early bird packages up for grabs for $159.

There are 14 games as part of each ticket package. They’ll consist of two pre-tournament games, six preliminary round games, two quarterfinal games, a fifth or seventh place consolation game depending if a Dawson Creek or Fort St. John package is purchased, tickets to the semi finals, and the bronze and gold medal games in Dawson Creek. A commemorative hat is also included. Early bird packs allow for a total savings of $106.

Barry Reynard of Hockey Canada and the City of Dawson Creek said the budget for the event allowed organizers to keep ticket prices reasonable, while making sure all involved will still be able to profit.

“It’s a huge budget. We wanted to break even. We had a goal of legacy for sure but you want to look at a price point that’s fairly equal in the market. We looked at a lot of provincial junior hockey marketplaces. We used a lot of our data from the U18s. Most of all we’ve got a great relationship with the EnCana group and Ryan McIvor crunched for us some numbers and realistically where we needed to go to get those target figures. We’ve got a lot of room for growth and that growth will all turn into legacy dollars for us and the growth of the community.”

After the early bird packages have been purchased standard packs can be bought for $179. The pack includes all the mentioned games, but does not include the hat.

Individual game tickets will go on sale at a later date, however prices were announced. Exhibition games will go for $10, round robin at $15, quarter and semi final games, plus relegation at $20, and the bronze and gold medal games at $25.

Reynard added he expects there will be some individual tickets available for games at the EnCana Events Centre given the capacity of the facility, however those who don’t purchase Fort St. John packages may be out of luck for seeing games locally if they are hoping to buy individual game seats for the North Peace Arena.

“We have a bit of a problem, and it’s a nice problem if you’re looking from an organizing side but Fort St. John seats 1,500. When you look the number of commitments with our corporate sponsorship, we have the national corporate sponsorships with Hockey Canada, we believe we’re going to be selling up to 125 full NHL scout packages. When you start to put those numbers together pretty quickly with friends and families of Hockey Canada we may have a nice problem in Fort St. John where we sell out our inventory.”

Locally tickets will be sold at Ernie’s Sports Experts on Friday and at the Moose FM Block Party on Saturday. will have tickets for sale tomorrow morning.

Attached is a full game schedule of the tournament.

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