BEST Service Pros Recognized as Sponsor of World Class Event


For Immediate Release


 Township of Langley, BC, Tuesday, November 29, 2011: With the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in the rear-view mirror, the Langley Events Centre has compiled some statistics to help illustrate the impact the event had on both the facility and the Township of Langley.

Over the course of week (November 7 – 13) 21, 743 people came to the Langley Events Centre to see players from Canada (East and West), Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, and the USA compete for a gold medal. A key component to making the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge so successful was the key contributions of local business’.

Sponsorship numbers were in excess of sixty five thousand dollars which was generated with help from the following local companies:

  • Acklands Grainger
  • Best Pro Services
  • Denny’s Langley
  • GML Mechanical Ltd. Marcon Construction
  • McDonald’s
  • Preston GM
  • Save On Foods Walnut Grove & Willoughby
  • Shark Club Langley
  • The CAT Rental Store
  • Tourism Langley

Hotels in the area also received rave reviews from teams and visitors. The tournament occupied over 1200 rooms during the course of the event at the following hotels:

  • The Sandman Hotel (Host Hotel)
  • The Sandman Signature Hotel & Suites (Host Hotel) Best Western Langley Inn
  • Comfort Inn & Suites
  • Quality Hotel & Suites
  • Holiday Inn Express

The World Junior A Challenge website (www.hockeycanada.cawjac) saw dramatic increases in traffic as the Schedule/Results page had 45, 198 views (22, 959 unique) an 18% increase from the 2010 tournament in Penticton. The Langley Events Centre was on display for viewers from various parts of the world including, but not limited to:

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Moscow, Russia

There were 135 volunteers who donated their time and energy to making the event a success, including an organizing committee of 18 people. Not only did the volunteers contribute to the event, but they donated $2575.00 to the PuCKS Foundation. Over 100 scouts from the National Hockey League, Canadian Hockey League and NCAA (and more from around junior hockey) took in the action throughout the course of the week.

Finally, the event also marked the first ever National television broadcast to originate from the Langley Events Centre as TSN2 carried the Gold Medal game which saw Canada West defeat Canada East 4 – 2 in an exciting game.

These numbers do not include the immeasurable impact that the tournament had on surrounding business in the Township as well as the positive impression left with visiting families, fans and teams. At the conclusion of the seven day event, both the Langley Events Centre and the Township of Langley received high praise from the 2012 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge Host Committee from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia (who were on site scouting for next year), all the participants and Hockey Canada (including Bob Nicholson, Hockey Canada President & CEO, who was on site for four days) on how well they were treated both by the event committee and the community.

Press Release Courtesy of the Langley Events Centre

The BEST Service Pros Team,

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