Speed Skating Canada unveils its 2017-2018 National Competitions calendar

May 18, 2017

Speed Skating Canada - Abbotsford, Fort St. John, Lévis, Saguenay and Sherbrooke amongst host cities

Ottawa, May 17, 2017 – Speed Skating Canada unveiled today its national competitions calendar for the 2017-18 season in short and long track.

Among the 14 national competitions to be held next season, five will take place in Canadian cities other than Speed Skating Canada’s national training centres in Montreal (Maurice-Richard Arena, Short Track), Calgary (Olympic Oval, Short Track and Long Track) and Quebec City (Gaétan-Boucher Oval, Long Track). The Maurice-Richard Arean and Calgary’s Olympic Oval will also showcase respectively the Olympic Short Track Team Selections, August 12-20, and the Olympic Long Track Selections, January 4-9, at the Olympic Oval.

The city of Abbotsford, British Columbia, will host a national speed skating competition for the first time since the 2001 Olympic Short Track Selections as the Abbotsford Centre will present the Canada West Short Track Championships, March 17-18.

On the other side of the country, the Bruno-Verret Centre of Lévis, QC, will host the Canada East Short Track Championships, March 31 and April 1. In December 2015, Lévis also hosted the Canadian Junior Short Track Championships.

Sherbrooke, QC, will also see the comeback of a short track national competition with the Canadian Senior Selections #1, January 19-21, at the Palais des sports Léopold-Drolet. Last time a national competition was held in Sherbrooke was in March 2012 with the Canada East Short Track Championships.

Still in short track, the Centre Georges-Vézina of Saguenay, QC, will host a national competition for the second year a row with the presentation of the Canadian Junior Short Track Championships, December 15-17. Last season, Saguenay held the Canadian Open National Qualifier.

For the first time since November 2014, Fort St. John, B.C., will again host a national competition with the Canadian Junior Long Track Championships and Canada Cup #3, simultaneously held February 2-4 at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.

Finally, Calgary’s Olympic Oval will hold, for the first time simultaneously, the Canadian Junior and Senior Short Track Selections #2, March 22-25.

Speed Skating Canada’s 2017-2018 National Competitions Calendar

  1. SHORT TRACK: Olympic Short Track Team Selections (Canadian Senior Short Track Championships)
    August 12-13-16-19-20, 2017
    Maurice-Richard Arena, Montréal (QC)
    (Top 16 short track speed skaters per gender in the country will take part in selections for the 2018 Olympic Games)
  2. LONG TRACK: Fall World Cup Long Track Selections
    October 19-22, 2017
    Olympic Oval, Calgary (AB)
    (Top long track speed skaters in the country will take part in selections for the four Fall World Cups of the 2017-2018 season)
  3. SHORT TRACK: Canadian Open National Qualifier
    November 2-5, 2017
    Olympic Oval, Calgary (AB)
  4. LONG TRACK: Canada Cup #1
    December 1-3, 2017
    Gaétan Boucher Oval, Quebec City (QC)
  5. SHORT TRACK: Canadian Junior Short Track Championships
    December 15-17, 2017
    Centre Georges-Vézina, Saguenay (QC)
  6. LONG TRACK: Olympic Long Track Selections (Canadian Single Distance Championships / Canada Cup #2)
    January 4-5-6-8-9, 2018
    Olympic Oval, Calgary (AB)
    (Top long track speed skaters in the country will take part in this final selection phase for the 2018 Olympic Games)
  7. SHORT TRACK: Canadian Senior Selections #1
    January 19-21, 2018
    Palais des sports Léopold-Drolet, Sherbrooke (QC)
  8. LONG TRACK: Canadian Junior Long Track Championships / Canada Cup #3
    February 2-4, 2018
    Pomeroy Sport Centre, Fort St. John (B.C.)
  9. LONG TRACK: Canadian Age Class Long Track Championships
    February 10-11, 2018
    Gaétan Boucher Oval, Quebec City (QC)
  10. LONG TRACK: Canada Cup #4 / Olympic Oval Finale
    March 15-18, 2018
    Olympic Oval, Calgary (AB)
  11. SHORT TRACK: Canada West Short Track Championships
    March 17-18, 2018
    Abbotsford Centre, Abbotsford (B.C.)
  12. SHORT TRACK: Canadian Junior Selections #2
    March 22-25, 2018
    Olympic Oval, Calgary (AB)
  13. SHORT TRACK: Canadian Senior Selections #2
    March 23-25, 2018
    Olympic Oval, Calgary (AB)
  14. SHORT TRACK: Canada East Short Track Championships
    March 31-April 1, 2018
    Centre Bruno-Verret, Lévis (QC)

More information can be found on Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.

About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, the association is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial branches representing more than 14,000 individual members, and counting. SSC believes that sport is an apprenticeship for life and prizes respect for others, integrity, excellence of effort, as well as a safe, healthy environment. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey.

SSC is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values including our premium sponsors Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, City of Montreal, Calgary Olympic Oval and WinSport Canada.

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For information:
Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Email: pgodbout@speedskating.ca 
Phone: 514 213-9897
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Kerry Dankers
Long Track Program and Communications Coordinator
Speed Skating Canada
Email: kdankers@speedskating.ca
Phone: 403-589-8960
Website: www.speedskating.ca  
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