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Community support overwhelming for junior A tourney

Matt Moore, general manager at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, says hosting the World Junior A Challenge will be a source of pride for Truro.
Matt Moore, general manager at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, says hosting the World Junior A Challenge will be a source of pride for Truro.

TRURO, N.S. – Early volunteer support has been “overwhelming” for a major hockey tournament being hosted locally next December, an official says.

“People in the community are asking how they can get involved, the business community is asking how they can support the event through sponsorship, hockey fans are asking about ticketing packages and volunteers are eagerly signing up to help execute the event,” host committee chairman Dave Ritcey said of the initial community reaction to news that Truro will host the World Junior A Challenge later this year.

Within the first few days following the announcement, Ritcey said, more than 75 people have already signed up to volunteer for the international event, to be held at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC) in December.

“That tells me that people are invested in making this a memorable experience,” he said. “It shows me the pride people have for their community, and it’s exactly why I knew Truro would make an ideal host for this event.”

The World Junior A Challenge is a showcase of the top junior A talent in Canada.

The six-team tournament, which includes Canada East and West plus four international entries, will be held over seven days.

Since its inception in 2006, more than 230 NHL draft picks have played in the tournament, including 36 first-round selections.

“I believe you can anticipate how successful an event will be based on the volunteer support in the early planning stages,” said RECC general manager Matt Moore.

“This is our first event in partnership with Hockey Canada, Moore added. “Ultimately, our mandate is to execute the best WJAC in the events history and open up other partnership opportunities with the organization,” Moore added.

Information on ticketing and sponsorship will come in the following weeks and months, as planning progresses and a full host committee is developed. To stay informed, visit ratheastlinkcommunitycentre.ca/wjac.

If you have a suggestion or enquiry, please email wjac@ratheastlinkcc.ca.

“People in the community are asking how they can get involved, the business community is asking how they can support the event through sponsorship, hockey fans are asking about ticketing packages and volunteers are eagerly signing up to help execute the event,” host committee chairman Dave Ritcey said of the initial community reaction to news that Truro will host the World Junior A Challenge later this year.

Within the first few days following the announcement, Ritcey said, more than 75 people have already signed up to volunteer for the international event, to be held at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC) in December.

“That tells me that people are invested in making this a memorable experience,” he said. “It shows me the pride people have for their community, and it’s exactly why I knew Truro would make an ideal host for this event.”

The World Junior A Challenge is a showcase of the top junior A talent in Canada.

The six-team tournament, which includes Canada East and West plus four international entries, will be held over seven days.

Since its inception in 2006, more than 230 NHL draft picks have played in the tournament, including 36 first-round selections.

“I believe you can anticipate how successful an event will be based on the volunteer support in the early planning stages,” said RECC general manager Matt Moore.

“This is our first event in partnership with Hockey Canada, Moore added. “Ultimately, our mandate is to execute the best WJAC in the events history and open up other partnership opportunities with the organization,” Moore added.

Information on ticketing and sponsorship will come in the following weeks and months, as planning progresses and a full host committee is developed. To stay informed, visit ratheastlinkcommunitycentre.ca/wjac.

If you have a suggestion or enquiry, please email wjac@ratheastlinkcc.ca.

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