Woolwich Township will play host to the 2019 Canadian Sledge Hockey Championships, to be held May 10-12 next year.
The Ontario Sledge Hockey Association formally announced Elmira as the official host at a news conference Wednesday at the Woolwich Memorial Centre.
“OSHA is very excited to have Woolwich Township host the 2019 Canadian Sledge Hockey Championships,” said James Titmarsh, vice-president of OSHA and the selection committee chair. “We believe past experiences of hosting our Team Ontario program for tryouts along with the dedication towards the Woolwich Thrashers Sledge Hockey program makes them the best host city. OSHA is very excited to take the next year planning with the community of Woolwich ahead of this event.”
An opportunity to watch some of the very best Canadian sledge hockey players, the championship will see provincial teams from across the country make their way to Elmira.
Hosting the championships came as a result of a successful bid by Woolwich Sledge Hockey, which in 2019 will be celebrating its tenth year supporting and promoting sledge hockey throughout the region.
“The success of our bid is a milestone for Woolwich Sledge Hockey and comes with significant support from our community partners and the Ontario Sledge Hockey Association,” said Keith Metzger, director of hockey operations for Woolwich Sledge Hockey. “We are excited that these championships will bring the country’s most elite sledge hockey competition to the town of Elmira.”
In previous years, the annual Canadian Sledge Hockey Championships have been held in the likes of Leduc, Alberta; Boucherville, Quebec and Richmond, British Columbia.