Dawson Creek will regularly play host to Hockey Canada events for the next five years. The organization has signed a deal with the City of Dawson Creek and Spectra Venue Management that will see one event at the Encana Events Centre every 18 to 24 months.
The venue hosted the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in both 2017 and 2015. EEC General Manager Ryan MacIvor says it shows the facility has proven it can create a positive economic impact on the region.
“This is the first agreement of its kind in Canada with an arena and Hockey Canada and we are excited for this partnership. Hockey Canada will be a primary tenant now until 2024.”
The first event to be held as part of the hosting agreement will be the Canadian Women’s National Camp this September. Other possible events include the World Parahockey Tournament and World Junior A Challenge, as well as other pre-competition opportunities and training camps.
“Hockey Canada has identified Dawson Creek as a great partner community to pilot the concept of a long-term hosting agreement whereby the community and Hockey Canada mutually benefit through long term financial legacy but equally important the social, infrastructure and community hockey legacy,” says Hockey Canada’s Vice President of Events and Properties Dean McIntosh.
“This is an incredible opportunity to develop a long-term partnership with Hockey Canada and reinforces our city’s ability to execute events at a world class level,” adds Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead. “The ability to host events over the next five years provides so many benefits to our community and region that will leave a long-lasting impact.”
The women’s national camp will be held from September 10th to 16th.