WINDSOR, ON, Jan. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal,
Minister of State (Sport), Jeff Watson, Member of Parliament (Essex),
today announced the Government of Canada's contribution to Hockey
Canada in support of the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
"Our Government is a proud supporter of the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey
Challenge, and we are excited to see athletes from across the country
represent both their region and Canada," said Minister of State Gosal.
"These young hockey players are a testament to the development programs
we have in place and an example of the benefits that come from the
continued funding of sport in Canada."
"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I welcome athletes from across
the country and around the world to Southwestern Ontario," said Mr.
Watson. "I congratulate the organizers of this tournament and the
numerous volunteers that will help showcase our region to the world."
The 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is taking place from December
29, 2011, to January 4, 2012, in Windsor, LaSalle and Tecumseh,
Ontario. The tournament features teams from Canada (Atlantic Canada,
Quebec, Ontario, Western Canada, and Pacific Canada), Germany, Sweden,
Russia, the Czech Republic, and the United States.
"The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is one of our highest-profile
events, showcasing the future stars of our game, and we are thrilled to
bring the event to Windsor," said Bob Nicholson, President and CEO of
Hockey Canada. "We thank the Government of Canada for its contribution
and look forward to seeing the tremendous hockey on the ice beginning
Hosting international sport events gives Canada the opportunity to
showcase our country to athletes and spectators from all over the world
and brings significant economic benefits to Canadians and their
The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in
Canada and supports participation and excellence from the playground to
the podium. A contribution of $50,000 was provided to Hockey Canada
through Sport Canada's Hosting Program.
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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