2017 TOYOTA CHALLENGE - MARCH 2017
Minor Bantam AAA Exhibition Game:
2017 JAPANESE VISIT - MASTER ITINERARY
Friday, March 24th
7:00PM - 8:30pm Waterloo Recreational Complex
Saturday, March 25th
9:30am – 12:30pm Waterloo Recreational Complex
Arrival - March 22 (Wed.)
March 23 (Thu.)
-TMMC Plant Tour, School Visit, Practice, Welcome Party with Waterloo players
March 24 (Fri.)
-Half day sightseeing in Niagara Falls
March 25 (Sat.)
-Home visit pairing & Home Visit
March 26 (Sun.)
-Full day sightseeing of Toronto
Return to Japan
HISTORY OF THE EVENT
- Visit our Facebook Page for Photos from the 2016 Excursion
The Toyota Challenge started when the President from Toyota Manufacturing Canada and Toyota Japan got together and decided what a great idea it would be for a friendship exchange to take place where a team from the Tri-Cities; Waterloo, Cambridge and Kitchener would travel to Japan to participate against the Tomakomai Allstars (an All-Star team made of the players from the 5 high schools in Tomakomai, Japan on the island of Hokkaido (Northern Japan)). In the following year, they decided that the Tomakomai All-Stars would visit the Tri-City area to play the Association of the team that travelled to Japan the previous year.
March 2016 marked the 10th time that a team from the Tri-Cities has travelled to Japan; Cambridge=5 trips, Kitchener=2 trips and Waterloo= 3 trips.
The trip features two games in both Canada and Japan but the main focus of the trip is to learn about each other's culture through school visits, home visits and various site seeing adventures.
A select number of current professional players have participated in the event including Tim Brent and Brian Little from Cambridge and Tanner Pearson from Kitchener, just to name a few. These players consider their trip to Japan as a highlight of their Minor Hockey careers.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Company oversees all the travel and accommodation requirements for players and coaches who participate in the event. It is truly en experience of a lifetime!
Waterloo will host the Tomakomai All-Stars in March 2017.