LAVAL, QC: Skate Canada announced today that Laval, Que., will host the 2018 Skate Canada International. The event will take place at Place Bell, a new multi-purpose sports facility located in the heart of Laval, from October 25-28, 2018.

“We are very excited to be heading to Laval for Skate Canada International. This will be the first time that Skate Canada has held an event in the city and we are thrilled to be using the brand-new Place Bell,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. “Skate Canada International will host some of the best skaters in the world and we are confident that Laval will be a supportive host and help us create a memorable event.”

The inaugural Skate Canada International was held in 1973 in Calgary and the event was added to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in 1995, the year the series began. Laval will host the 45th installment of Skate Canada International and it will be their first time hosting a major skating event.

“Laval is currently experiencing an unprecedented boom on the sports front. Hosting a major event like the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix adds to the recent announcements that has positioned Laval as the destination of choice for several major sports events. We are very pleased to welcome the best skaters on the planet to Laval,” said Marc Demers, Mayor of Laval.

“Hosting this event at Place Bell is a crucial step in advance of hosting the 2020 World Championships and confirms the position of our city as a first-class destination for high-calibre sports events. It’s an exceptional opportunity to promote our city on an international scale, and we seize it with great enthusiasm,” stated Geneviève Roy, President and General Manager of Tourism Laval.

“We are very enthusiastic that Place Bell is hosting an important sports competition: Skate Canada International 2018. This event will allow elite athletes in figure skating and the Laval public to fully enjoy our amenities,” added Jacques Aubé, Chief Operating Officer of evenko. “This high-level competition fits perfectly in the development plan of Place Bell, which is to offer programming driven by quality and diversity to the citizens of Laval.”

Skate Canada International is the second competition in the annual International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. The other events take place in the United States (Skate America), Russia (Rostelecom Cup), France (Internationaux de France), China (Cup of China) and Japan (NHK Trophy).

Each skater/team can be assigned a maximum of two events. Skaters are awarded points based on their placements at their events. The top six from each discipline (men, ladies, pair and ice dance) qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.

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