November may seem far away right now but for the local organizers of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge the remaining eight months doesn't seem that long.
Hockey Canada has approved changes to the schedule that will allow fans to see 17 of the 22 games in the week-long tourney in Quispamsis and Saint John.
— World U17 Challenge (@HC_WU17) March 6, 2018
Aaron Kennedy is chair of the host organizing committee and he tells us most of these high performance athletes who will at this tournament will be playing in the World Junior Championships in three years.
"This is the preeminent development tournament in the world in terms of getting these 16 year olds ready to move on to the World Junior Hockey Championships and then ultimately to careers in the NHL".
The opening day of the tourney will feature a meeting between Team Canada Red and Russia at the qplex (in Quispamsis) on Saturday, November 3rd.
A limited number of week-long passes are available allowing folks to see 17 of the 22 tournament games.
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