‘Halifax is prepared’: Countdown is on to world junior hockey championship

‘Halifax is prepared’: Countdown is on to world junior hockey championship

A whole lot of individuals from throughout North America and around the globe are beginning to arrive in Halifax for the world junior hockey match that’s about to get underway.

The most effective under-20 gamers representing 10 international locations together with Canada are competing on the occasion, which is being co-hosted by Halifax and Moncton, N.B.

Pre-tournament video games have already been taking place in different communities across the area. Extra motion is going down on Tuesday in Antigonish, N.S., the place Austria tackle Germany, and in Halifax the place Czech Republic play in opposition to Latvia.

“Halifax is prepared, Moncton is prepared,” mentioned Grant MacDonald, the native occasion lead in Halifax. “We all know each downtowns are going to be electrical.”

200 volunteers have been recruited in every metropolis to assist run the occasion, which can see about 40 video games performed over the course of practically three weeks.

Event organizer Grant MacDonald is shown standing at Halifax's Rogers Square where big TV screens are behind him that will be showing the games.
Grant MacDonald is pictured in downtown Halifax at Rogers Sq., the place video games might be proven on the large screens. There can even be free actions contained in the Halifax Conference Centre. (Paul Legere/CBC)

“It’s a huge enterprise and we’re doing it in a quite accelerated timeline however the good factor is that we have got two glorious occasion communities,” MacDonald mentioned.

Halifax and Moncton have been awarded the match after it was taken away from Russia in April over its invasion of Ukraine. The Russian workforce can be not allowed to compete.

Sturdy ticket gross sales

Followers have been shortly snapping up tickets for each Halifax and Moncton, guaranteeing packed crowds.

“Ticket gross sales have been very sturdy from the day that we launched them and we’re happy we’re at about 90 per cent capability between each venues mixed,” MacDonald mentioned, including there are nonetheless some tickets out there.

The venues have been getting ready for a busy schedule, with Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre typically internet hosting two video games in a day through the competitors.

“The 2023 IIHF World Juniors is probably the most important occasion we’ve hosted right here within the final decade,” mentioned Suzanne Fougere, govt vice-president of Occasions East Group, which runs Scotiabank Centre.

A team of men are walking on the ice with a hose spraying water as they rebuild the ice surface at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax for the competition.
Crews have been portray new competitors logos and rebuilding the ice floor at Scotiabank Centre to organize for the match. (Paul Poirier/CBC)

The corporate has been getting ready for the match for months, together with by hiring further workers.

“For a daily Mooseheads recreation, we’d have 60 to 70 workers within the constructing,” Fougere mentioned. “For an occasion like this, it’s about 150 folks a recreation to stage the occasion.”

Crews have been working to color new competitors logos on the ice and to rebuild its floor over the previous few days.

Larger up within the area, a metal platform can be being assembled for the occasion broadcaster.

$25M financial enhance

Away from the arenas, followers are anticipated to carry enterprise to native retailers and eating places at a time of 12 months that is usually on the quieter aspect.

“We all know it ought to generate for Halifax alone over $25 million in financial spinoffs,” mentioned Patrick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. “It is a very, very huge occasion.”

Resorts and eating places downtown stand to learn probably the most, with so many guests on the town, Sullivan mentioned. 

The timing is welcome after a couple of difficult years as a result of pandemic, he acknowledged.

New codes of conduct

Each provinces serving to to fund the occasion have insisted on various measures, following the Hockey Canada scandal.

That group’s total board stepped down earlier this 12 months over its dealing with of a number of sexual abuse allegations.

The Nova Scotia authorities, which is offering $2 million for the match, declined an interview. However in a press release to CBC Information, it mentioned it has been made clear there isn’t any tolerance for harassment or abuse on the match.

As a part of its contribution settlement, all these representing Hockey Canada “are required to bear coaching on stopping sexual and gender-based violence,” the assertion mentioned.

Hockey Canada additionally issued an emailed assertion to substantiate “all gamers coaches and workers with Staff Canada handed the improved character screening course of, accomplished the improved obligatory sexual violence and consent coaching and signed the Common Code of Conduct to Forestall and Deal with Maltreatment in Sport.”

The assertion additionally mentioned a complete off-ice supervision plan is in place as a part of new enhanced workforce guidelines.

Scotiabank Centre hosts its first Canada pre-tournament recreation this Friday, with the house workforce enjoying Finland.

Canada performs its first official recreation of the match in Halifax on Boxing Day in opposition to Czech Republic.

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