Windsor will be hosting the 2012 Under-17 World Championship tournament from December 29th until January 4th. This was originally scheduled to be held in Winnipeg, but plans had to change then the Winnipeg Jets returned a few weeks ago.
In a press release Bob Nicholson, president and CEO of Hockey Canada said “The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, as the first step of the Program of Excellence, is one of Hockey Canada’s most important events. We have no doubt Windsor will do a first-class job in hosting the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 2012.
The 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will bring together the top players in the world born in 1995 or later. The regional under-17 program is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. Many players who compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge go on to represent Canada with the National Men’s Under-18 Team, National Junior Team and National Men’s Team.
The 27-game tournament will be centered out of the WFCU Centre, but games will also be played in smaller rinks in communities around Windsor such as LaSalle and Tecumseh.