On Nov. 2, when the Czech Republic and CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks Junior A Hockey Teams take to the ice at Queens Place Emera Centre, they are in for the red carpet treatment, as is the Sold Out crowd.
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Excitement is mounting for the World Junior A exhibition game between the Czech Republic and the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks. The game takes place Nov. 2 at Queens Place Emera Centre
This won‚Äôt just be just any old hockey game in Liverpool, ‚Äúthe Events Capital of Nova Scotia‚ÄĚ. As the 1200 fans take their seats, and all the protocol of an International Game begins to unfold, a familiar voice will be in the house as Hockey Night in Canada‚Äôs Steve Armitage takes to the mic for the Pre-Game warm-up. Puckster, the official mascot for the World‚Äôs in Yarmouth will be posing for pictures and pumping up the crowd. And the when the teams take to the ice, names like Pokorny, Dvorak and Svoboda will be mixed within our more familiar names of the Jacks like Crawley, Shatford and Henneberry.
Neil Raymond, GM at Queens Place Emera Centre says community response has exceeded all expectations. ‚ÄúInterest in this Exhibition Game and ticket sales have been strong since we announced this event last month, and we know it is going to be a fantastic night for everyone here at Queens Place Emera Centre.‚ÄĚ
Raymond says spectators attending the game are invited to help ‚ÄúPaint the Rink Red‚ÄĚ by wearing red. ‚ÄúWe envision the stands as a sea of red, a colour proudly shared by both Canada and the Czech Republic‚ÄĚ says Raymond.
Donna Hatt, Chair of Events Liverpool, says ‚ÄúPlanning for this game has been a successful regional team effort. The CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks from Bridgewater, Queens County Minor Hockey Association, the Region of Queens, Queens Place Emera Centre and members of Events Liverpool have worked hand in hand with the Yarmouth based 2012 World Junior A Challenge Host Committee and Hockey Canada gladly pooling their resources and contacts. As a result we are all benefiting from this Southwest Nova partnership opportunity.‚ÄĚ
Throughout the game, there will be a number of door prizes, a 50/50 draw, and Minor Hockey will be selling tickets on a team signed Czech Republic Jersey and hosting a ‚Äúchuck-the-puck‚ÄĚ contest just to add a little extra fun in the evening.
Queens Place Emera Centre is also hosting four Czech Republic practices on November 1, 2 and 3 that are open to the public. Admission is free, however, donations for the Queens County Food Bank are being accepted and would be welcomed.
Following their three day stay in Liverpool, the Czech Republic will make their way to Yarmouth as they participate as one of six teams competing in the 2012 World Junior A Hockey Challenge, Nov 5 ‚Äď 11.
For more information on the practices and exhibition game visit www.queensplace.ca or