For Immediate Release
October 6, 2016
FORT ST. JOHN AND DAWSON CREEK IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH HOCKEY CANADA
TO HOST 2017 WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE
FORT ST. JOHN, BC – The cities of Fort St. John and Dawson Creek may begin negotiations to host the 2017 World Under -17 Hockey Challenge. Fort St. John’s participation is pending anticipated approval by City Council at the October 11th Council meeting. 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 two cities successfully co-hosted the event in 2015. With sellout crowds and an amazing gold medal win by Team Canada White, the event was a tremendous success. 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. The net profit of the event to each City was $59,449. Each City provided funds back to their community organizations to support local sports teams and culture.
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. 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,” stated Mayor Dale Bumstead, City of Dawson Creek.
More details about the event and the opportunities for community involvement will before forthcoming once negotiations are finalized.
Wally Ferris, General Manager, Community Services,
City of Fort St. John
Jim Chute, Chief Administrative Officer
City of Dawson Creek