SAINT JOHN, NB (July 13, 2017) -  The nation is coming to New Brunswick.

Canada Basketball and Basketball New Brunswick (BNB) announced Saturday that the Richard J. Currie Center on the campus of the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton will host the U15 and U17 Girls National Championships in summer 2018 and the U15 and U17 Boys National Championships in summer 2019.

"Over the course of the next couple years, players from coast-to-coast will proudly represent their home provinces and territories on the national stage as they compete for the title of national champion," said Michele O'Keefe, Canada Basketball President & CEO. 

BNB last hosted U15 and U17 Girls National Championships in 2012 and the event was a resounding success.

"With the experience of hosting nationals in the City of Fredericton and the multi-dimensional Richard J. Currie Center, we are prepared and excited to welcome Canada Basketball and these outstanding events," said Carolyn Peppin, BNB Executive Director.

"We have a dedicated basketball community in New Brunswick and we are planning on creating two outstanding national championship tournaments. We can't wait to get going to prepare for these two events," Peppin said.

All provinces and territories have the opportunity to attend the National Championships, while BNB will have host teams in both age classes.

The 2017 U15 Boy's and Girl's National Championships are being held at the University of Regina (Centre for Kinesiology Health and Sport) in Regina, Saskatchewan from July 24-29, while the U17 National Championships are part of the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, MB.

In addition to Richard J. Currie Center, teams attending the National Championships will also use various practice facilities around in the city of Fredericton.

"The focus will be on the court, but families and friends will be attending these events and staying in the province for at least one week so there are a lot of economic returns as part of the Canada Basketball tournaments,said Peppin. "There is tremendous support from the provinces coming to cheer on their players and teams."

BNB is home to 6,000 basketball players and 30 Minor Associations under its banner, operating teams at various youth levels.

For more information please contact:
Matt Walker
Manager, Communications
Canada Basketball

Carolyn Peppin
Executive Director - Basketball New Brunswick