Ice hockey world championships open in Dumfries

There is high tension and high speed as Dumfries Ice Bowl is currently hosting the prestigious Under-20s World Championship in ice hockey.

Great Britain will compete against France, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan and Ukraine during the seven-day tournament, which runs until Sunday, December 15. The ice hockey promises to be of great quality and hopes are high that large crowds will turn out to cheer on Great Britain.

There will also be an exhibition commemorating “100 years of Ice Hockey in the UK” at the Ice Bowl. On Wednesday, December 11, ice hockey’s most famous trophy, the Stanley Cup, will be on display as part of the exhibition. The cup was flown in from Canada for the tournament and this is be the first time it has visited Scotland.

Councillor Colin Smyth said: “I’m tremendously excited, on behalf of Dumfries and Galloway Council, to welcome the Stanley Cup to Scotland. Its arrival celebrates 100 years of ice hockey in the UK, and the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Men’s Under-20s World Championship, that is proudly being hosted by Dumfries Ice Bowl.”

Andy French, general secretary of Ice Hockey UK, added: “Ice hockey is strong in Dumfries with the development work done by the council and the Solway Sharks, and all the ingredients are in place for a great week of live, top-class ice hockey.”

Tickets are now on sale via the Midsteeple Box Office on 01387 253383 and online at www.ticketweb.co.uk.

Ticket prices start from as little as £4 per match and there are affordable family tickets available priced £15.