Richmond is gearing up to host one of the most highly-anticipated events of the sporting calendar, and it happens to be the world’s largest adult recreational hockey tournament.
The Molson Canadian CARHA Hockey World Cup is coming to Metro Vancouver from Sunday, March 29 to Sunday, April 5. The week-long tournament takes place only once every four years so it’s a huge deal.
In total, there are 148 teams from 15 countries worldwide participating in the CARHA Hockey World Cup (including Canada!). It all kicks off on March 29 with the Parade of the Athletes — and you’re invited to attend this free event.
Cheer on almost 3,000 participants during the parade as they make their way to the Richmond Olympic Oval for the Opening Ceremony and welcome gathering for the Cup.
It’s your chance to be a part of local history by welcoming hockey players from Norway, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic, England, Finland, Italy, Kazakhstan, the UK, Ukraine, and the US.
More than 275 games will be played during the tournament at venues like Richmond Ice Centre, Richmond Olympic Oval, and one that you do not want to miss at the Minoru Arena.
The Feature Game is taking place at the Arena on Friday, April 3 at 7 pm, and it’s another fantastic opportunity to see the best amateur hockey players from around the world face-off on the ice.
Admission to the Feature Game is completely free — and the same applies to all other games in the tournament. You can witness the wins of the week-long sporting event without having to purchase a single game ticket. How cool is that?
Since its inception in 1996, the CARHA Hockey World Cup has been organized every four years in a selected Canadian city. The goal of the tournament is to give adult recreational hockey players from around the world an opportunity to strive for excellence through teamwork and camaraderie in Canada’s national sport.
Up to 25,000 spectators are estimated to be in attendance at this year’s event. And if you’re still buzzing from the recent 10th anniversary of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games (who isn’t?), you won’t want to miss the CARHA Hockey World Cup.
Find out more information ahead of the games by visiting the official CARHA Hockey World Cup website now.
When: Sunday, March 29 to Sunday, April 5
Time: Varies by game
Where: Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond Ice Centre, and Minoru Arena