Speed Skating Canada announces Toronto short track event
1 of 3 international events in Canada next season
Speed Skating Canada announced Thursday it will hold three international events next season, including a short track meet for first-time host Toronto.
That World Cup event will take place from Nov. 6-8 at the MasterCard Centre. The Toronto Maple Leafs' practice facility can hold up to 3,000 spectators for speed skating.
This will mark the first time Toronto has hosted an international speed skating event.
Also on the calendar for the 2015-16 World Cup season are a short track meet in Montreal on Oct. 30 and 31, and a long track stop in Calgary from Nov. 13-15.
"This reflects our strategy to host an increasing number of events like these in Canada and, consequently, to better promote our sport on short and long track, as well as our athletes who are representing us so well," said Speed Skating Canada's Chief Executive Officer, Ian Moss.
Toronto fans will get a chance to see Olympic medallists Charles Hamelin, Marianne St-Gelais, Valérie Maltais, François Hamelin, Olivier Jean and Guillaume Bastille, who all skated for Canada last season.
Two emerging skaters from the Toronto area, Patrick Duffy and William Preudhomme, also represented Canada in World Cups last winter.
"The thought of skating in Toronto is quite exciting, yet a challenge at the same time", said Duffy. "If I were to skate in front of that home crowd, the support and adrenaline would be comparable to [Quebec-born athletes] skating in Montreal."
Tickets for the Toronto event go on sale Sept. 1.