Yukon to host WHL game
The Western Hockey League is getting in on the fun that is Hockey Day in Canada.
The Vancouver Giants and Kamloops Blazers will play a regular-season game in the Yukon Feb. 12, making it the first time the territory will host a junior hockey game.
The game will take place at the Canada Games Complex in Whitehorse.
"We are honoured and excited to be asked to take part in such a marquee event," Vancouver Giants Chief Operating Officer Stu Ballantyne said in a media release.
The Blazers have been designated the home team, and have been awarded a game in the Subway Super Series to make up the lost date. The Super Series game will feature a team of WHL all-stars taking on the Russian national team.
"This is a rare opportunity to bring the World's finest junior hockey players to the Yukon and help promote the game in northern Canada," said WHL commissioner Ron Robison.
The WHL has already followed the NHL's lead and will host a pair of outdoor games in the new year. The Spokane Chiefs will play the Kootenay Ice Jan. 15 in Spokane while the Calgary Hitmen will host the Regina Pats Feb. 21 at McMahon Stadium.