Valley's bid to host the 2013 World Junior A Hockey Challenge unsuccessful

A joint bid by the Cowichan Valley and Westshore to host the 2013 World Junior A Hockey Challenge was unsuccessful.

Hockey Canada decided to stage the event for a second straight year in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

South Cowichan Chamber of Commerce executive director Shauna Benson spearheaded the Cowichan drive. She was obviously disappointed with the outcome, but grateful to all of the people who helped make the bid possible.

Benson was particularly grateful to John Elzinga and Kim Liddle of the Cowichan Valley Regional District parks and recreation, Scott McWilliam the B.C. Hockey League's Victoria Grizzlies hockey team and the CVRD board for their efforts.

Gathering the necessary funding and backing to host the event on the island transpired during the last six months.

The World Junior A Challenge comprises six teams in two divisions. Canada East and West are joined by four international teams.

Those involved in the bidding process stressed it would have been a huge economic boost for the region to host the event here.

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