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Fort St. John and Dawson Creek to co-host Under 17 Hockey Challenge

Fort St. John and Dawson Creek to co-host Under 17 Hockey Challenge

The Under 17 Hockey Challenge is heading to Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.

The tournament will be held on October 30 to November 7, with 22 games to be played.

Teams from Canada, Finland, Sweden, Russia, the Czech Republic and the U.S. are expected to participate.

The tournament features high level hockey, with 11 out of 14 first round draft picks from the last 15 years having played in the tournament, says Dale Bumstead, mayor of Dawson Creek.

He says it’s an excellent opportunity to show off Dawson Creek as an event centre.

The tournament is also expected to have a huge economic impact on the city, says Bumstead.

The overall budget for the event is about $800,000.

The province gave $60,000 to the Hosting Committee, with other funding coming various sponsors.

But Bumstead says beyond paying for the event itself, they want to look at legacy projects.

Terrace currently has a bid for the 2017 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.

It’ll be announced by the end of summer if Terrace gets the provincial endorsement, which will then be submitted for the national bid.

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