Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead says he's excited for Junior A Challenge

Hugh Smith


Dawson Creek mayor Dale Bumstead says he is excited about the Junior A Challenge coming to the Mile Zero City.
On Wednesday, December 12, the city was awarded the tournament, which will take place next December. Five teams of Junior A players from around the world will be playing – USA, Russia, the Czech Republic, and two teams from Canada - Canada East and Canada West.
Mayor Bumstead says the tournament will bring an economic boost to the city.
“We expect we’re going to need probably 4 or 500 hotel rooms for that week, with the scouts, the referees, players, parents," Bumstead said. "It’s a big deal for us not only for the action and activity of hockey, but also for the economic diversity for our community, and these guys come into town and they’re spending money in our community at their hotels and restaurants, and in the businesses, and it’s just a very positive announcement in my view.”
The announcement was thanks to Hockey Canada’s 5-year partnership with the city, and mayor Bumstead says he hopes this is a sign of things to come.
“We really look forward to the future; the diversity of the opportunity to host different events," said Bumstead. "The world sledge championships, Paralympic hockey is one that I really would like us to be able to see if we can get, the women’s international world championships – there’s so many tournaments that fit into that opportunity for us and that’s why I’m so excited about this 5-year agreement we have with hockey Canada.”
The tournament kicks off December 7, 2019.

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