PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- The 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase will take place July 29-August 5 in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth at USA Hockey Arena and today organizers announced that daily ticket passes are on sale now.
The event features players from four nations – the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden – auditioning for a spot to represent their country in the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, which will take place Dec. 26, 2017 - Jan. 5, 2018, in Buffalo, New York.
"We are excited to bring this event back to USA Hockey Arena and showcase international matchups against Canada, Finland and Sweden," said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey and general manager of the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team. "It will be an exciting week of hockey that will give fans a sneak peek of what is to come in Buffalo."
Tickets to the games are available at the USA Hockey Arena Box Office (14900 Beck Road, Plymouth, Michigan) or by calling (734) 453-8400 or at USAHockeyArena.com. All sessions are day tickets (one price for both games) and will be general admission with the exception of Saturday, August 5, which will have reserved seating. Games on Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30, are $5, while games on Tuesday, August 1, Wednesday, August 2 and Friday, August 4, will be $10. Tickets for Saturday, August 5, will be $15. Parking is free with the exception of August 5, where there will be a $5 charge per vehicle. For a complete game schedule, see below.
NOTES: Last Tuesday (June 20), USA Hockey named the 42 players invited to the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase. For the complete roster, click here ... Among them were 18 players who heard their name called at the 2017 NHL Draft this past weekend ... In total, 10 U.S. invitees are first-round selections as Casey Mittelstadt (Buffalo Sabres, 8th overall), Josh Norris (San Jose Sharks, 19th overall), Kailer Yamamoto (Edmonton Oilers, 22nd overall), Ryan Poehling (Montreal Canadiens, 25th overall) and Jake Oettinger (Dallas Stars, 26th overall) were first-round picks this year, joining last year's five first-rounders Kieffer Bellows (New York Islanders, 19th overall), Logan Brown (Ottawa Senators, 11th overall), Trent Frederic (Boston Bruins, 29th overall), Max Jones (Anaheim Ducks, 24th overall) and Riley Tufte (Dallas Stars, 25th overall) ... The United States, which enters the 2018 tournament having medaled in back-to-back IIHF World Junior Championships for the second time ever (2010 - gold, 2011 - bronze), aims to claim a third-straight medal in tournament play for the first time in history ... For more information on the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase and the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, visit teamusa.usahockey.com/worldjuniors ... Join the conversation by using the official hashtag #WJSS ... Bob Motzko (St. Cloud, Minn.), who led Team USA to a gold medal in last year's IIHF World Junior Championship, returns as head coach of the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team. He is joined by assistant coaches Greg Brown (Scituate, Mass.), Grant Potulny (Minneapolis, Minn.), Kris Mayotte (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Steve Miller (Littleton, Colo.), all who were on last year's staff ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.
|Sat., July 29||USA White vs. Finland||1:00 p.m.|
|USA Blue vs. Sweden||4:00 p.m.|
|Sun., July 30||USA Blue vs. Finland||1:00 p.m.|
|USA White vs. Sweden||4:00 p.m.|
|Tues., Aug. 1||Canada Red vs. USA White||4:08 p.m.|
|Canada White vs. USA Blue||7:08 p.m.|
|Wed., Aug. 2||Canada vs. Finland||1:08 p.m.|
|USA vs. Sweden||4:08 p.m.|
|Fri., Aug. 4||Sweden vs. Canada||1:08 p.m.|
|Finland vs. USA||4:08 p.m.|
|Sat., Aug. 5||Sweden vs. Finland||4:08 p.m.|
|USA vs. Canada||7:08 p.m.|