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Richmond wins 2020 CARHA Hockey World Cup bid

20 June 2017

The Canadian Adult Recreational Hockey Association (CARHA) has selected Richmond, British Columbia as the Host City for the 2020 CARHA Hockey World Cup, the association announced on Monday.

The world renowned CARHA Hockey World Cup is organized every four years in a select Canadian city and is an event that attracts participants from all across Canada, the United States, and Europe. In March and April of 2020, over 120 adult recreational hockey teams from more than 15 countries will travel to Richmond for this week-long event. The event has been labelled the "Olympics" of recreational hockey and since its inception it has grown to be the largest international adult recreational hockey tournament in the world.

"The City of Richmond is thrilled and excited to be named the host for the 2020 CARHA Hockey World Cup,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. "With over 120 teams from 15 countries expected to take part, the CARHA Hockey World Cup is going to be a very exciting event for our community and a huge boost for tourism. What better place to host the "Olympics" of recreational hockey than a 2010 Olympic Venue City."

“We are thrilled to be bringing the CARHA Hockey World Cup back to the West Coast after 20 years and to be showcasing this part of Canada to all of our participants” said Lucy Peeling, Coordinator, CARHA Hockey World Cup. “The City of Richmond will provide a unique experience to our participants from a facility and tourism perspective and we are looking forward to working together to create another memorable event in 2020.”

The 2020 CARHA Hockey World Cup will mark the seventh time the event has been hosted in a select Canadian city. Previous Host Cities include Toronto (1996), Vancouver (2000), Ottawa (2004), Quebec City (2008), Sault Ste. Marie (2012) and Windsor (2016). The 2016 edition of the event generated an estimated $10.1 million in economic impact for the City of Windsor.

Richmond has a rich hockey history and was selected from three finalist communities, including Quebec City, Quebec and Regina, Saskatchewan, after an extensive and competitive bid process. The City of Richmond has world class accommodations and hockey facilities, including the Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond Ice Centre and Minoru Arenas, that will be utilized throughout the seven days of the event. Participants from around the world will fill more than 800 hotel rooms per night and will play more than 250 games in the community throughout the week. In addition, local restaurants, pubs, shops and malls can expect positive spinoff with an influx of out of town traffic during the event.

Registration for the event will open this Fall. For more information and to register, visit http://www.thecup2020.ca/.