Tuesday, November 15, 2011

MJ Prepares For Subway Super Series

Moose Jaw steps into the national hockey spotlight Thursday when it hosts the final game of the Subway Super Series against Russia.

The series puts the best players from the CHL (WHL, OHL, QMJHL) in a six game series with Russia, and is used by Hockey Canada to evaluate talent for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships.

Warriors Director of Business Operations Corey Nyhagen says ticket sales have been going well. "We're pushing around the 3200 mark, when we hit that range they start going fast. The best thing to do if you thinking about coming to the game is to act fast, don't necessary think you'll be able to get a ticket at the door."

Nyhagen says the WHL is excited to have this game in the Friendly City. "The league is quit excited to bring events of this calibre to these markets. So many times you hear that only these events will only go to the Calgary's, Edmonton's, and Vancouver's."

"We have a very supportive fan base and a fantastic building, why wouldn't we go after these (events) and we'll continue to go after these. Getting the support from the fans out here just means bigger and better things," added Nyhagen.

Nyhagen says the city and organization has proved in the past that they can host big events like this. "We bring in the Under 16's, we had a World Junior Pre Competition game in the Civic Centre which was a sellout and fantastic."

"We had a really successful Under 16 given how new that tournament is. Now with the Subway Super Series, kind of what we're doing is trending to getting these bigger and bigger events," he added.

Nyhagen went on to add say that hosting a successful Subway Super Series game is the first step in showing that Moose Jaw can host bigger events down the road.

"I get hit all the time about bidding on a Mastercard Memorial Cup. We've been told by the league that the building is big enough to hold it, so why wouldn't we bid on it. Us as an organization have said from day one that we want to bring in these major events," said Nyhagen.

"We'd love to go after a Memorial Cup it's just taking those steps, and what we need from the fans is the support to show that we can fill this building for these games and put on a show for everybody."

The Subway Super Series is tied at two after the OHL beat Russia 6-3 last night, improving their record to 18-0 all time against Russia.

Boston Bruins prospect and reigning OHL Player of the Week Ryan Spooner (Kingston Frontenacs) had a goal and three points and was named team OHL's Player of the Game.

The Subway Super Series is in Regina tomorrow night and then shifts to Moose Jaw Thursday for the series finale. Warriors Quinton Howden, Dylan McIlrath, and Cody Beach will suit up in the game here at Mosaic Place.

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