Niagara Falls Hosts Team Canada For World Juniors Practice
With the 2011 IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) World Junior Hockey Championships taking place in Buffalo this year, Niagara Falls seemed like the perfect place for Team Canada to stay and practice for the big tournament.
With Hockey being to Canadians as Football is to Americans the World Juniors are as big of a deal or bigger to Canada as NCAA College Football is in the U.S.For this reason it is no wonder that the City of Niagara Falls is all a buzz lately because of the recent team activity.
Team Canada is practicing in the new Gale Center, and with its modern amenities and NHL regulation ice rink size it makes the perfect place to meld as a team.
The World Junior Hockey Championships bring together the best young hockey players in their home countries (these are the guys that will be filling the ranks of the NHL in future years), and give them the opportunity to compete against other great players from around the world.
The week leading up to the tournament, Team Canada will be practicing several days. First on the weekend of 18th and 19th of December, then they will play and exhibition game in Oshawa, near Toronto on Monday the 20th against Switzerland.
After that game the team will resume practices on Tuesday (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), Wednesday (noon to 2 p.m.) and Thursday (11 a.m. to noon)
The Team will have a short pep rally at the Gale Center at noon on Friday before heading to Buffalo.
Tickets for Team Canada’s first game against Russia are $115.00 for those that are interested. More information can be found on the official Buffalo World Juniors site.