The game everyone in Digby has been hoping for: Canada East versus Russia at the Digby rink, Saturday, Nov. 3.
“I can hardly believe it’s really happening,” says Danny Harvieux, facility supervisor at the Digby Area Arena. “We’ve been working on this for a while but now it’s confirmed, it’s starting to sink in.”
Yarmouth is hosting the World Junior A Hockey Challenge from Nov. 5 to 11.
For that tournament, teams from Russia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic will face off against each other and Canada East and Canada West teams.
Today (Friday, Sept. 14) in Liverpool Hockey Canada officials and the Yarmouth host committee announced three exhibition games:
The Czech Republic versus the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks Junior A team from Bridgewater in Liverpool on Nov. 2; Canada West versus USA in Barrington on Nov. 3 and the ultimate Junior A hockey match up in Digby Nov. 3: Canada East versus Russia.
Harvieux says tickets should go on sale soon for the Canada – Russia game and will cost $15.
He said there are only 200 tickets left for the CJHL Prospects game on Nov. 10. It also costs $15 but includes admission to watch the Prospects teams’ practices that day.
Digby will also host a free skate and autograph session with the Prospects that will be free and open to everyone.
The provincial government has provided $250,000 in funding to the World Junior A Hockey Challenge.
Mitch Bonnar chair of the Yarmouth committee said they agreed early on in discussions with the province that they would share the event with other communities in the region.
“The Yarmouth host committee was looking for a partner for this event that was capable of delivering a world class event with the hospitality to go along with it. Digby has developed a wonderful event hosting reputation and we’re confident this event will help to enhance that reputation,” said Bonnar. “We are looking forward to hosting a great event and creating a legacy for all of Southwest Nova Scotia.”