2019 IIHF World Junior Championship to hold South Asian kickoff in Langley

WITH the support of Hockey Canada, Canadian Tire and TELUS, youth from Metro Vancouver’s South Asian community will get an opportunity to learn the basics of ice hockey and hit the ice in advance of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship at Langley Events Centre on Sunday, December 23.

Hockey Canada, Canadian Tire and TELUS, in cooperation with Kids Play Foundation, invite the South Asian community to the LEC this coming Sunday, where teams participating in the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championship will be practicing and playing pre-competition games.

The goal of this community skate is to invite South Asian youth, who may have never played organized hockey before, to actively engage in the sport. Apna Hockey, a South Asian community based hockey school, will be providing skating, hockey skills and off-ice training clinics to youth.

“Our goal is to build upon the very strong connection between the South Asian community and the sport of hockey,“ says Riley Wiwchar, director of the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship.  “The South Asian community has a very rich history in the sport of ice hockey, with a number of excellent players coming from the Metro Vancouver area specifically. Hockey Canada strongly believes in inclusion, we hope that this community skate helps to inspire the next generation in the community to learn about and participate in the sport of ice hockey.”

As a result of the generous contributions from the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, Canadian Tire and TELUS, the skills clinics for youth are free of cost. Participants will also be provided with ice skates and hockey equipment for the on-ice sessions at no cost. However, participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Langley School District’s Hot Lunch program.

The public is urged to pre-register for Hockey Canada’s South Asian Community Skate at the following website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-world-junior-championship-south-asian-kick-off-tickets-53895734593

The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship takes place in Vancouver and Victoria from December 26 to January 5. For more information, visit www.hockeycanada.ca



  • Sunday, December 23


  • Registration for youth participants: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Event time: 1-5 p.m.
  • Opening ceremony at 1:10 p.m. 


Langley Events Centre: 7888 200th Street, Langley