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International hockey coming to Delta this fall

Sungod Arena to co-host Hockey Canada’s World Under-17 Challenge in early November
Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese (left) and City of Delta Mayor George Harvie were on hand at Langley Events Centre for the announcement earlier this year that the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be played at Langley Events Centre and Sungod Arena from Nov. 5 to 12.

North Delta’s Sungod Arena will be hosting seven games when the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge comes to B.C. from Nov. 3-12.

It will be the first time tournament has taken place since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Seven teams will be competing – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, Team Canada White, Czechia, Finland, Sweden and the United States – with the bulk of the schedule (16 games) taking place at the Langley Events Centre.

“Since this event began in 1986, more than 1,600 National Hockey League draft picks have played in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge,” said Breanne Ferris, manager of events and properties for Hockey Canada. “We cannot wait to celebrate the tournament’s return with the great hockey fans in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley and watch the top young players in the world compete for gold this fall.”

Each team will play at least one game in Langley and Delta, ensuring that fans in both communities can watch some of hockey’s brightest young stars. TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, will provide coverage of the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Broadcast schedules will be announced in the fall.

Games scheduled for Sungod Arena include:

Thursday Nov. 3: Sweden vs. Canada West, 7 p.m.

Friday Nov. 4: USA vs. Czechia, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5: Sweden vs. USA, 7 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7: Czechia vs. Finland, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 8: Canada Black vs. USA, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 9: Finland vs. Canada Red, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 11: Canada Red vs. Sweden, 7 p.m.

A ticket package for all the games at Sungod is now on sale for $109.