World Hockey comes to Queens

Nick Moase
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The game was sold out and the arena packed tight on Nov. 2, as the World Junior "A" Challenge came to Queens County. The Czech Republic was in Liverpool to take on the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks for an exhibition game that night for some world-class hockey. 

There were plenty of cheering fans for both teams, and each goal brought a roar from the crowd.

In the end though, the Czech Republic certainly proved they had the talent to be at the world level, as they took down the Lumberjacks 9-2.

The World Junior "A" Challenge starts Monday in Yarmouth, where the Czech team takes on Russia in the tournament opener.

Steve Armitage, from CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, was down that night as well to do the introduction to the game.

Armitage now spends part of his time as a Queens County resident, when not on the road covering sports events ranging from the Olympics to the Grey Cup. He has an interesting connection to Queens County as well. His first assignment for CBC Radio was covering the Nova Scotia Seniors Women Curling Championship, which was held in Liverpool at the time.

Armitage had high praises for Queens Place Emera Centre.

"This would be the envy of many places," he says. He added the lighting is terrific, and it's just the right size for the community. With the building, he suspects this event will be just the start of what we can bring in.

"They will eventually beat a path to your door if you continue to host events like these."

Though the World Junior "A" hockey will be gone, the Lumberjacks will be back in town on Nov. 15 for a regular season game against the Yarmouth Mariners.


Organizations: CBC Radio, Queens Place Emera Centre

Geographic location: Czech Republic, Queens, Yarmouth Russia Canada Liverpool

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