SASKATOON, Canada – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), announced on Monday that Saskatoon and Regina will host the 2010 IIHF World U20 Championship, which will take place from late December 2009 to early January 2010.
The tournament with 31 games will be played in the province of Saskatchewan at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon and the Brandt Centre in Regina.
Ticket information will be made available on a later this summer, with first rights going to WHL season ticket holders in Saskatchewan (Prince Albert Raiders, Regina Pats, Saskatoon Blades, Swift Current Broncos, Moose Jaw Warriors). Public sale of tickets will not begin until this fall.
The bid from Saskatchewan was chosen from three potential groups that made final presentations to the site selection committee, comprised of Bob Nicholson (president and CEO, Hockey Canada), Allan Morris (chair of the board, Hockey Canada), David Branch (president, Canadian Hockey League), Scott Smith (COO, Hockey Canada) and resource person Scott Farley (director of marketing services and events, Hockey Canada). The three finalists were from Halifax/Moncton, Winnipeg/Brandon and Saskatoon/Regina.
Key elements of the bid from Saskatoon/Regina:
- Projected attendance of over 300,000
- An estimated economic impact of over $25 million in the province of Saskatchewan
- Committed government and business support in excess of $5 million
- A projected $500,000 to be contributed from the event profit to support the Saskatchewan Hockey Association Scholarship and Legacy Fund as well as toward player development initiatives and athlete educational support through the Saskatchewan Development Model
- A unique community event program called “World Fest” that will extend the reach of the World Juniors throughout the province
- Over $53 million in facility upgrades and new construction at the two main venues that will be completed prior to the championship
Saskatchewan’s bid includes a guaranteed profit commitment of $12.5 million, with projection to establish a financial return that will be in excess of $13 million. Hockey Canada will receive 50 per cent of net profits, the Canadian Hockey League will receive 35 per cent and the remaining 15 per cent of net profit will be shared between the host committee, the Saskatchewan Hockey Association and the other 12 member branches of Hockey Canada. The net profits will benefit hockey development programs nationally, Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence including Canada’s men’s and women’s programs, all of Hockey Canada’s 13 branches, and fund national hockey development initiatives for years to come.
“Today is a great day for hockey in Canada and especially in Saskatchewan,” said Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson. ”The Saskatchewan bid team did a great job in bringing a province-wide bid and solid business plan for us to consider. We had three outstanding bids to choose from and all three candidates would have been great hosts of the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, but at the end of the process, we are very confident that Saskatchewan will deliver an outstanding event.”
”The Canadian Hockey League is proud to be part of bringing the World Juniors back to Saskatchewan”, said CHL president David Branch. “This will be a great experience for all of the players and fans that will be part of this championship. The World Juniors is a unique event when it is held in Canada and the CHL and our member clubs in Saskatchewan will again help to run a first class event in the heartland of Major Junior hockey.”
“We knew we had a strong bid with outstanding support from the Saskatchewan hockey community, and our partners in Saskatoon, Regina, and the Province of Saskatchewan,” said Jack Brodsky, chair of the bid committee. “We will now start the process of building a strong host organizing committee to plan what we know will be a great 2010 World Junior Championship. This was a great team effort and it feels great to win the 2010 World Junior Championship for Saskatchewan.”
Before the 2010 event takes place in Saskatchewan, the 2009 IIHF World U20 Championship will be hosted by Ottawa from December 26, 2008, to January 5, 2009. Canada has hosted the IIHF World U20 Championship a total of seven times. Past Canadian host cities include Vancouver/Kamloops/Kelowna (2006), Halifax/Sydney (2003), Winnipeg (1999), Red Deer (1995), Saskatoon (1991), Hamilton (1986) and Montreal (1978).
Canada will also host the 2012 IIHF World U20 Championship. Bids from three communities have been presented – Toronto, Saskatoon/Regina and Calgary/Edmonton. The site selection committee is expected to announce the host of the 2012 event in the coming weeks.
Canada has won a medal at ten consecutive IIHF World U20 Championships, including four consecutive gold medals (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008).
– with files from Hockey Canada