LONDON, Ont. – Looking to build off its Paralympic silver medal, Canada’s National Para Hockey Team will be in London, Ont., for the Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup, Dec. 2-8, 2018.
The Western Fair Sports Centre will host Canada, Korea and the United States – the three para hockey medallists from the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games - as they compete for the gold medal in a tournament that dates back to 2007 as the World Sledge Hockey Challenge. The Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup is one in a series of international tournaments that showcase the best of the world’s para hockey athletes.
The schedule for the tournament includes six preliminary-round games from Dec. 2-7, and the gold medal game on Saturday, Dec. 8. Fans will be able to take advantage of the best pricing option with the full-tournament package, which include all seven games for only $45.
“London is very fortunate to have been chosen to hold the prestigious Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup,” said Todd Sargeant, chair of the local host organizing committee. “The sport has grown since London first hosted in 2011 and the games will be even faster, more fierce and action-packed than before. We believe that this event will increase para hockey interest and the legacy from the tournament will improve the sport locally for the London Blizzard.”
“These athletes are incredibly dedicated to their team and to their sport, and it shows when they get on the ice,” said Scott Smith, president and COO of Hockey Canada. “This tournament is not only a way to showcase the very best in para hockey, but a way to let Canadians see how much the sport positively impacts a community.”
“We are thrilled to have been selected to host the newly-rebranded Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup in London this December,” said Tony Foresi, chair of the Ontario Hockey Federation Board of Directors. “The event will positively impact the community well beyond the games on the ice with revenue used to increase community awareness and make the sport accessible to as many individuals as possible. “It’s absolutely outstanding how the residents of London and surrounding area come out to support these great events, knowing well that they are aiding in the opportunity for youth to participate in the great game of hockey.”
All preliminary games will be streamed live at HockeyCanada.ca, while the gold medal game will be shown on TSN/RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners.
For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Para Hockey Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.com/HC_ParaCup.