RBC Road to the World Juniors Pre-Tournament Schedule Announced for 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship

MONTREAL and TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2016 /CNW/ - With the help of some of Canada's most-loved Team Canada alumni, Hockey Canada and presenting partner RBC announced the schedule for the RBC Road to the World Juniors at multiple events this morning. This pre-competition tour of 10 games ahead of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship will extend the excitement of world-class hockey outside of the two tournament host-cities, Montreal and Toronto.

To celebrate the pre-tournament games, RBC also announced an extension of its Canada 150 initiative by giving almost 100 young Canadians in the host communities $150 with one simple request: use the money to help do acts of good in their communities. This is part of a larger campaign celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary.

Eight cities across Ontario and Quebec will play host to international teams, featuring 10 games from Dec. 19-23, before the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship officially begins Dec. 26 in Montreal and Toronto.

"As a long-time supporter of hockey and amateur sport in Canada, RBC is thrilled to provide the opportunity to present the world's best young hockey players to fans in smaller communities," said Matt McGlynn, senior director, Brand Marketing, RBC. "We're also pleased to use these games to help celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary by extending our #Make150Count campaign to local youth to help them make a difference in their communities."


Dec. 19, 2016   

Canada vs. Finland         

Bell Centre          

Montreal QC

Dec. 19, 2016   

Slovakia vs. Sweden 

Ed Lumley Arena  

Cornwall ON

Dec. 20, 2016 

Russia vs. Denmark      

Rogers K Rock Centre    

Kingston ON

Dec. 21, 2016 

USA vs. Switzerland 

Tribute Communities Centre 

Oshawa ON

Dec. 21, 2016    

Canada vs. Czech Republic

Canadian Tire Centre  

Ottawa ON

Dec. 22, 2016   

Latvia vs. Denmark

Centre Multisport  

Chateauguay QC

Dec. 22, 2016    

Slovakia vs. Finland           

Palais des Sports      

Sherbrooke QC

Dec. 22, 2016   

Russia vs. Sweden          

Rogers K Rock Centre   

Kingston ON

Dec. 23, 2016   

USA vs. Czech Republic

Rogers K-Rock Centre    

Kingston ON  

Dec. 23, 2016   

Canada vs. Switzerland 

Air Canada Centre   

Toronto ON


"A tremendous amount of work and planning goes into bringing an international event such as the IIHF World Junior Championship to Canada. But whether it's World Juniors or one of our national events, Hockey Canada works closely with our partners such as RBC, the host-communities, and our provincial Members to ensure we are positively impacting the greatest number of people we can," said Tom Renney, president and CEO, Hockey Canada. "These players provide inspiration to Canadians to take up the game; to work with RBC to bring this level of competition and the ensuing development programs to so many communities across Ontario and Quebec allows us to showcase these young stars of the game, while building on our nation's passion for hockey."

Ticket packages for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship are still available in both cities HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets.

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada's National Junior Team and the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow on social media via Facebook and Twitter or Twitter.com/HC_Men.


For further information: Brian Findlay, 416-802-4062, bfindlay@gotoguys.net; Jackie Braden, RBC Communications, 416-974-6286, jackie.braden@rbc.com


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