(WINDSOR, ON) – Organizers of the 2016 CARHA Hockey World Cup were on hand at Windsor City Hall on Friday to kick off the 3-venue tournament which begins with games on Monday. The tournament, featuring 134 teams from 14 countries, will run from April 4 through 9 with over 200 scheduled games.
The Windsor Spitfires’ Warren Rychel will act as the honourary chair of the tournament.
“The passion for the game the visiting teams bring is something that will capture the imagination of hockey fans across Windsor and the communities of Essex County,” Rychel said. “I encourage everyone to come out and share in what will be a fun and special week.”
Opening ceremonies will be Sunday and will include a street party on Ouellette Avenue between Chatham and Park. The party, free to attend and open to all residents, will include live entertainment, interactive activities, and beverages.
Tournament play will commence Monday at the Vollmer Centre in LaSalle, Tecumseh Arena, and the WFCU Arena. Teams from as far away as Ukraine, Russia, Scotland, and Norway will complete in 22 age-based divisions including six women’s teams.
The round-robin play will conclude with finals and a winner being crowned in each division on April 9. Later that same day closing ceremonies will start at 6:00pm in both the Augustus Ballroom and the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor.
The City of Windsor has contributed $750,000 to the tournament and won the right to host over 36 other cities. Over 2,500 participants will occupy 6,500 hotel room nights over the next week and contribute an expected $15 million to the local economy.