- Each ‘player in the game’ will be given a stick.
At this year’s World Junior Hockey Championships, the next generation of hockey stars from around the world will have the opportunity to take home a one-of-a-kind piece of hardware hand-painted sticks by Cree artist Jason Carter.
“To have them presented with a piece of my work to represent their hard work, their lifelong dream of playing at the World Juniors is pretty remarkable and completely humbling for me,” Carter, from Little Red River Cree Nation in northern Alberta, said.
This year, Canada is hosting the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, with games beginning on December 26 in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta.
Hockey Canada asked Carter earlier this year to design 150 hockey sticks that will be given out as “player of the game” awards and dignitaries for the sporting event.
Riley Wiwchar, executive director of Hockey Canada’s World Junior Championship, stated that 31 games would be played and that sticks would be awarded to one “player of the game” from each team, for a total of 62 sticks.
“A number of players will end up with a memento to take home with them and share that storey storylture,” Wiwchar said. Wiwchar hopes that gestures like this will inspire more young people to get involved in sports, regardless of where they come from.
Source: CBC News