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WhoCARHA Hockey, a national not-for-profit sport organization dedicated to providing resources and benefits to the adult recreational and old-timers hockey market in Canada
WhatThe Molson Canadian CARHA Hockey World Cup presented by Lulu Island Winery is hosted every four years in a select Canadian city and is the largest adult recreational hockey tournament in the world, attracting participants from all across Canada, the United States, Asia and Europe
The tournament was originally scheduled for March 2020
WhenMarch 19th to 26th, 2023
WhereRichmond, British Columbia
Official Event NameMolson Canadian CARHA Hockey World Cup presented by Lulu Island Winery
Use full name when first referring to the event. Can be shortened after to Molson Canadian CARHA Hockey World Cup
Event HistoryWindsor in 2016 (134), Sault Ste. Marie in 2012 (116), Quebec City in 2008 (167), Ottawa in 2004 (126), Vancouver in 2000 (135), Toronto in 1996 (96)
Official SpokespersonsLori Lopez (LLopez@CARHAHockey.ca)
Lucy Peeling (LPeeling@CARHAHockey.ca)
Honourary ChairKirk McLean (click here for press release)
Sponsors and Key PartnersMolson Canadian, Richmond Sport Hosting, Richmond Hotel Destination Association, Tourism Richmond, Province of British Columbia, Lulu Island Winery, Cyclone Taylor Sports, Gadar Promotions, HerbaLand, Keener Jerseys, Lawrie Insurance Group, McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport, Pizza Pizza, Richmond Sockeyes, River Rock Casino Resort, Stanley’s Grill, SummerSkates, Universal Coach Line, Vancouver Sign Group, Westcoast Sightseeing, XBox
Game VenuesRichmond Olympic Oval, Richmond Ice Centre, Minoru Arena (Feature Game only)
Number of Participating Teams100+
Number of Participants1500+
Number of Volunteers150 (anticipated)
Number of Participating Countries10+
Participating CountriesAustralia, Canada, England, Finland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Sweden, Switzerland, United States
Participating ProvincesAlberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec
Estimated Number of Hotel Rooms650 per night across 7 nights
HotelsExecutive Airport Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre, Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, River Rock Casino Resort, Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel (Host Hotel), Vancouver Airport Marriott
Athletes MarchMarch 19th, 2023
Opening CeremoniesMarch 19th, 2023, at the Richmond Olympic Oval
Athletes’ VillageMarch 20th to 25th, 2023, at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
Feature GameMarch 24th, 2023, at Minoru Arena
Closing CeremoniesMarch 25th, 2023
Estimated Number of Games Played200
Estimated Number of Spectators20,000-25,000
Cost of AdmissionFree
Estimated Economic Activity10-12 Million

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  • Refer to the event as the ‘Molson Canadian CARHA Hockey World Cup presented by Lulu Island Winery’ on first mention. Can be shortened after to ‘Molson Canadian CARHA Hockey World Cup.’
  • Coming to Richmond, British Columbia, from March 19th to 26th, 2023.
  • Attracts participants and spectators from all across Canada, the United States, Asia and Europe to share their passion for the sport of hockey.
  • Organized every four years (since 1996) in a select Canadian city, this week-long event provides adult recreational hockey players from around the world the opportunity to strive for excellence through teamwork, fair play, and camaraderie in Canada’s national sport.
    The tournament was originally scheduled for March 2020.
  • The Molson Canadian CARHA Hockey World Cup has been labelled the “Olympics of recreational hockey” and has grown to be the world’s largest international adult recreational hockey tournament.
  • It has been held in Toronto (1996), Vancouver (2000), Ottawa (2004), Québec (2008), Sault Ste. Marie (2012) and most recently in Windsor (2016). View The Cup history.
  • Through an extensive bid process that took place in 2017, Richmond, BC, delivered the strongest bid and was awarded Host City status for the Molson Canadian CARHA Hockey World Cup.
  • The Molson Canadian CARHA Hockey World Cup is far more than a hockey tournament. The week-long event features Opening Ceremonies, Closing Ceremonies, March of Athletes, and an Athletes’ Village. Learn more about the athlete experience.
  • Each team is guaranteed three games, leaving them much leisure time to take in all the sights and tours the City of Richmond offers.
  • With the event lasting seven days, significant economic activity is generated for the City of Richmond and the Province of British Columbia, making it distinct compared to other amateur sporting events. 
  • The event is expected to generate an estimated $10-$12 million in economic activity in 2023.
  • The March of Athletes, taking place on March 19th, will lead all participants to the Richmond Olympic Oval. This community event aims to have the streets of Richmond lined with local hockey fans and supporters to welcome and cheer on the 1500+ participants as they march wearing their country jerseys to the Opening Ceremonies to kick off the event. 
  • The Opening Ceremonies is an exclusive welcome gathering for Molson Canadian CARHA Hockey World Cup participants. It is a ticketed event that allows teams to make new friends and reconnect with old ones in true Canadian fashion while enjoying live entertainment and interactive activities.
  • Approximately 200 games will be played at the Richmond Olympic Oval and Richmond Ice Centre throughout the week. The televised Feature Game is played at Minoru Arena on Friday, March 24th. Game schedules will be released in February.
  • All games offer free admission.

As the largest adult rec hockey tournament in the world, the CARHA Hockey World Cup receives significant press coverage. Here you will find links to all of the news items relating to the event.

As an international event featuring more than ten countries, there may be press coverage in your local paper, and we would like to feature the international coverage for everyone to enjoy. Feel free to send us your news articles and press coverage.

Becky Kolberg, Media Relations
BKolberg@CARHAHockey.ca
613-608-3753

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