On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Sechelt arena will join communities across the province and open its doors to the public for World Juniors Skate Day, marking the official countdown to the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, taking place Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.
Skate Day, organized by the Sunshine Coast Minor Hockey Association, will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. It will include free tattoos, and everyone attending will be entered into a draw to win two tickets to the World Juniors in Vancouver and Victoria. Attendees must wear full hockey gear.
The province-wide skating party is intended to provide rink access to all ages and abilities in the run up to the competition.
Ten teams are appearing at the World Juniors, with Canada competing against the Czech Republic, Denmark, Russia and Switzerland in the preliminary round. All games will be televised and available for live-stream through TSN. Canada’s first game is at 5 p.m. on Dec. 26. They are competing against Denmark at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver.