Despite an unsuccessful bid to host next year's tournament, a local committee is optimistic Medicine Hat still has a shot at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
A major international hockey tournament won't be coming to Medicine Hat, at least not next year. The local bid committee for the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge recently found out the city was not selected by Hockey Canada to host the event. However, Bid Committee Chair, Ron Webb, says they're now looking at putting in a bid for 2019. “Our bid committee is certainly in favour of that,” says Webb, “With the encouraging information and feedback we've received from Hockey Canada, we believe even more confidently that our bid is a strong bid for 2019 now.” Webb says Hockey Canada did indicate some areas in need of improvement, including ways to boost attendance and looking at revising the budget. He adds they'll be having a more detailed discussion with the organization next week, but they're hoping further changes to the bid will be minimal. Bids for 2019 must be submitted by November 15th, with the winner being announced in the new year. - Jaelene Skaley
Ron Webb, Chair, 2018/19 WU17 Hockey Challenge Bid Committee