BROOKS, Alta. – The Brooks Bandits are set to welcome four regional champions to the 49th edition of the National Junior A Championship, May 11-19.
The host Bandits will compete with the Oakville Blades (Central), Ottawa Jr. Senators (East), Prince George Spruce Kings (Pacific) and Portage Terriers (West) at the Centennial Regional Arena.
"Brooks has been waiting nearly a decade for this moment and we can't wait for the Centennial Regional Arena to host a major national event that Bandit fans have come to know and love,” said Tyler King, chair of the host committee and business manager with the Bandits. “We want everyone to leave this place amazed by the quality of event and community that we'll be showing them. None of this would be possible without hundreds of hours of work from the incredible hockey fans that surround this region. We'd like to thank everyone who made this possible and can't wait to show what we've got!"
Organizers announced that limited ticket packages are still available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets. In addition, limited single-game tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. on each game day.
Historically, the event has generated more than $2 million in local economic impact, with event proceeds being directed back into the community to support hockey growth and development.
The 2019 National Junior A Championship features 10 preliminary-round games, including the Bandits’ tournament-opener against Oakville at 7 p.m. MT on May 11, along with two semifinals and the championship game.
TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will broadcast the championship game at 3 p.m. MT on May 19, while all other games will be available via live stream at HockeyCanada.ca/NJAC.
Calgary-based tech firm Fanoramas has partnered with Hockey Canada and the Brooks Bandits to enhance the fan experience at the National Junior A Championship.
Fanoramas’ cutting-edge technology allows every fan to access their own unique fan moments during the game and share them with others. Fanoramas’ technology will be set up at the Centennial Regional Arena to capture fan reactions to the biggest moments in every game. Fans simply sign in and register their seats, and they will be able to check out their own photo galleries during the game. Fans can view and download photos of themselves and opt-in to win exclusive fan prize packs from the event.
For more information on the National Junior A Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on Facebook or Twitter.