The law firm of Grey Munday Wowk LLP is proud to announce its pledge of a $10000.00 TEAM Sponsorship for the 2016 World Jr. A Challenge. The WJAC is a showcase of Canadian and International Junior A talent that returns to Alberta for only the second time when Bonnyville hosts the event from 11-17 December 2016.
GMWLLP has been a steadfast supporter of local sporting events for over 15 years and is a major sponsor of The Bonnyville Pontiacs Junior A Hockey Club. In addition to supporting the WJAC, the firm also recently announced an annual academic award for eligible Pontiacs’ players who demonstrate outstanding scholarship. The firm’s Partners also volunteer with and sponsor various local youth sports, including football, soccer, indoor soccer, baseball, lacrosse, hockey, power skating, and competitive dance.
“We are thrilled to be associated with such a prestigious event, that will both showcase our community and its wonderful residents, and bring a much needed shot in the arm to our local economy”, said Todd Munday, the firm’s Managing Partner. “ Those of us who live here realize that this is a hockey mad town that is the ideal host for the WJAC, and our firm is pleased to help welcome the world to Bonnyville in December.”
“We are always excited to partner with the Bonnyville Pontiacs”, said Leighton Grey, the firm’ s Senior Partner, “and to join with the CJHL, the AJHL, Hockey Alberta, Hockey Canada, and even the NHL in bringing this tournament to the Lakeland. More than anything, I am personally excited about the chance to watch some truly world class athletes play Canada’s game.” Grey will also serve as legal advisor to the tournament Organizing Committee.
“This is the largest event, hockey or otherwise, ever to come to Bonnyville.” Said Robb Hunter, Committee Co-Chair. “The World Junior Challenge’s Economic impact to its host community has been historically well over $2 million”, Hunter said. “In these challenging economic times, our group, the Bonnyville Pontiacs organization, saw the WJAC as a way to give back to the community, help to fill hotel rooms, fill restaurants, and bring people to our region who will spend money in local stores.”
While the tournament will bring much needed relief to the service industry, hit hard by the drop in oil prices, the tournament is also a chance to bring world-class hockey to a community that lives and breathes the sport. The 2016 World Junior A Challenge represents a partnership between Hockey Canada, the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), the National Hockey League (NHL), and Hockey Alberta, as well as the local host committee and community volunteers.
As in past years, the event will feature two Canadian teams (Team Canada East and Team Canada West) and four international squads who will vie for gold in Bonnyville.
*Press Release from the WJAC Committee