Canada Russia Series a boon for Warriors
Tribe set to host opening game of prestigious all-star series on Monday
city,” Millar said. “You have a nationally broadcast game on Sportsnet and the excitement of getting hyped up for Christmastime and the World Junior Championships. This is a step in a really important part of putting together our national junior team and it’s a great showcase for our franchise, the building and the city.”
Having such heavy representation from the Warriors on the team is especially positive, with Hunter’s position as head coach just the latest in a series of high-level recognition for the Tribe bench boss by Hockey Canada.
It comes as little surprise to Millar, given how Hunter has worked with the Warriors since arriving three years ago.
“He’s a very good coach at the junior level and has done some very good things with our team over the last few years, I think he’s a guy who has a great future ahead of him at the pro level at some point,” Millar said. “But in the meantime he did a great job a couple years in applying and interviewing to be part of the national junior team, he has experience on the Under-18 bench, so I think it’s great for our team that Tim is getting that recognition.”
In addition to acting as an all-star game for the three Canadian Hockey League loops, the contests carry additional weight as a scouting opportunity for members of the National Junior Team staff, all of whom will be on hand for the game on Monday.
As a result, a solid showing could go a long way in regards to playing for Team Canada over the Christmas holidays.
“I think that’s the goal of all Canadian players playing, having a chance to play on that team and this is a step in that process,” Millar said. “I’m proud of them putting themselves in position have a chance to play in that game.”
And then there’s the benefit to the Moose Jaw Warriors fans themselves — yet another high-level display of hockey in Mosaic Place means another chance for locals to watch some of the best players the WHL has to offer.
“From our end, being able to host this and bring in events like this, it’s important,” Millar said. “Being able to include added value for our season ticket holders and having another hockey event of this magnitude for our fans is important. If the team can make some money and get some revenue out of it, that’s great, but first we look at it as an enhancement for our fans, and they’ve responded really well since ticket sales are good.”
The series continues Tuesday in Swift Current before reverting to the Ontario Hockey League with games in Owen Sound, Ont. on Thursday and Sudbury, Ont. Nov. 13. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League takes centre stage on Nov 14 in Charlottetown, P.E.I. before things wrap up Nov. 16 in Moncton, N.B.
Canada holds an overall series lead of 58-19-1-6.