Cornwall world hockey tournament gets cash injection

In this photo from the Hockey Canada website, Cornwall will host the 2021 edition of the World Junior A Challenge. The province announced Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021 that it has provided a big chunk of cash for the Seaway City to host hockey players from around the world. ( via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – The province has contributed a major chunk of cash so Cornwall can host an international ice hockey tournament this fall.

Cornwall will receive $93,000 for the 2021 World Junior A Challenge, Tourism Minister Lisa MacLeod announced Wednesday.

It was among $43 million for 439 festivals and events through the Reconnect Festival and Event Program and another $6 million for Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster events to help organizers host safe experiences.

The World Junior A Hockey Challenge is an under-20 tournament that showcases Junior A level players to CHL, NCAA and NHL scouts. The competition started in 2006.

It was to be hosted by Cornwall at the civic complex Dec. 13-19, 2020 but was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The previous host was Dawson Creek, B.C. in 2019.

Also in Wednesday’s funding announcement was $8,000 for the Cornwall Art Walk.