For a lot of sports fans, the World Junior Hockey Championship is always a highlight of the holiday season. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the tournament. It’s being held in Helsinki, Finland and gets going on Boxing Day, with the gold medal game on Jan. 5.
After a five-year drought, Canada is the defending champion. They’re in group A along with Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. Group B, meanwhile, consists of Belarus, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Slovakia.
If you’re looking for something to do in the run up to the tournament, or are just a hockey fan in general, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame has the exhibition Break Away With Minor Hockey on until Jan. 18.
Currently, Saskatchewan has five junior hockey teams (located in Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert), so you can bet junior hockey plays a pretty big role in the exhibit.
But minor hockey encompasses a lot more than just junior age players, coaches and teams, so the scope is much broader than that. And with the growth in girls and women’s hockey in the last few years, it’s not just limited to boys and men either.
Break Away With Minor Hockey is on display at the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame until Jan. 15.