Saint John To Host Game Two Of 2008 Canada-Russia Challenge
SAINT JOHN, NB --- The Canadian Hockey League has announced that Saint John, NB will be the site of Game Two of this year's ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. The match will be played on November 19 at Harbour Station, and will feature a team comprised of QMJHL All-Stars versus Russia's national junior squad.
"We're thrilled that Saint John has been awarded this game," said Sea Dogs president Wayne Long. "This will be an excellent opportunity to showcase our city on national television, and hopefully our potential bid for the 2012 Memorial Cup will be strengthened by a strong showing of support for this prestigious international event."
The ADT Canada/Russia Challenge features a team of CHL All-Stars representing each regional league (QMJHL, OHL, WHL) that compete against Team Russia. Each of the three regional league teams are selected by a committee of league General Managers that work with Al Murray, Hockey Canada's head scout for the Canadian National Junior team.
Game One of the annual six-game series will be played at Centre 200 in Sydney, NS on November 17. The remaining four games will be played in Guelph, ON (Nov. 20), St. Catharines, ON (Nov. 24), Swift Current, SK (Nov. 26), and Prince Albert, SK (Nov. 27).
All six games will be broadcast nationally on Rogers Sportsnet, with RDS televising both games from the QMJHL.
Last season the CHL won four of the six games of the series and Team Canada would later go on to defeat Sweden to win the gold medal at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships. Russia defeated the United States to win the bronze medal.
Current NHL players who have previously participated in this event include Sidney Crosby, Alexander Radulov, Ryan Getzlaf, Anthony Stewart, Jeff Carter, Wojtek Wolski, Corey Perry, Steve Bernier, and Guillaume Latendresse.
At the 2007 ADT Canada-Russia Challenge, no fewer than four members of the Saint John Sea Dogs (Alex Grant, Yann Sauvé, Chris DiDomenico, and Simon Després) skated for Team QMJHL - the highest total of any team in the league. All four players are eligible to return to play in the series again this year. Després, the lone rookie on last year's squad, was a member of Canada's National Under-18 Team at this year's Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament, while Grant, Sauvé, and DiDomenico recently attended a development camp for the National Junior Team in Ottawa.
This will be only the second time that a Russian team has faced a Canadian team in the 15-year history of Harbour Station. Previous international hockey events that have been played at Harbour Station include an exhibition match between the Canadian and American national women's teams on November 10, 1997 and a Team Canada vs. Team Czech Republic World Junior Championship tune-up contest on December 19, 1995. In 1994, the venue hosted a Canada-Russia National Team game on January 4 as well as the New Brunswick Cup, an international tournament featuring Canada, Sweden, and Finland, from December 15-18.
The 2008 ADT Canada/Russia Challenge is supported by CHL associate sponsors, Bank of Montreal, Boston Pizza & RBK/CCM Hockey.
2008 ADT Canada/Russia Challenge Schedule of Games
Game 1 - Monday, November 17 at Sydney, NS
Game 2 - Wednesday, November 19 at Saint John, NB
Game 3 - Thursday, November 20 at Guelph, ON
Game 4 - Monday, November 24 at St. Catharines, ON
Game 5 - Wednesday, November 26 at Swift Current, SK
Game 6 - Thursday, November 27 at Prince Albert, SK
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