Harper Government Supports the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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 December 29."

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 communities.

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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For more information (media only), please contact:

Jenny Van Alstyne
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of State (Sport)
Media Relations
Canadian Heritage


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