Three officials from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League have been selected to work the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge slated for next month in Winnipeg and Portage.
Kyle Scrivens will work the tournament as a referee, while Kelsey Mahoney and Brayden Hutlet will work as linesmen.
The trio were selected by Hockey Canada from a pool of officials who attended the various OPOE camps during the previous three years. In total, 135 officials were evaluated with 17 selected.
The 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will take place December 28 to January 4 at the MTS IcePlex and Portage Credit Union. Selkirk and Stonewall co-hosted this event back in 2002.
“The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, as the first step of the Program of Excellence, is one of Hockey Canada’s most important events,” says Bob Nicholson, president and CEO of Hockey Canada. “With the success Winnipeg has had in hosting previous events, we have no doubt they will do a first-class job in hosting the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 2011 and 2012.”
The City of Winnipeg has been host to a number of past events, including the 1999 IIHF World Junior Championship and 2007 IIHF World Women’s Championship. In addition, the city played host to the 1992 Centennial Cup (now RBC Cup), Canada’s National Junior A Championship, 1979 Air Canada Cup (now TELUS Cup), Canada’s National Midget Championship, and 13 times hosted the final series of the Allan Cup, Canada’s National Senior Championship, the last coming in 1968.
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