Fort St. John and Dawson Creek negotiating with Hockey Canada to host U17 Hockey Challenge in 2017

Mayors Lori Ackerman and Dale Bumstead at the 2015 U17 World Hockey Challenge. Photo by supplied

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John and Dawson Creek could once again be co-hosts for the U17 World Hockey Challenge, only two years after previously hosting the tournament.

The city of Fort St. John’s participation in hosting the event is pending anticipated approval by City Council at the upcoming Council meeting on October 11th. In the coming weeks staff from both cities and Hockey Canada will work through the negotiations with the anticipation that the event will take place in the Peace Region in 2017.

The 2015 iteration of the event was a tremendous success for both communities. The combined economic activity generated by the event was $5.9 million in the province, with $2.7 million occurring in Dawson Creek and $1.2 million in Fort St. John. Each city saw a net profit of $59,449, which was given back to local area kids sports organisations.

Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman stated “Our community enjoyed the economic benefits from this event last year but just as importantly it was a very exciting chance for our own young players and officials to have access to some hockey development opportunities.”

“I am so excited about the potential to host this prestigious event again in the Peace region which reaffirms our collective event hosting ability to achieve amazing results for our businesses and for the enjoyment of our citizens, said Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead. The City of Dawson Creek and the City of Fort St. John look forward to working with Hockey Canada to deliver, once again, a high caliber, well run event.”

More details regarding the announcement will be released in the near future.

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