International Players Made to Feel Like The Home Team at 2006 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship
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February 23, 2005
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Lower Mainland Communities “Adopt A Country” for Tournament

Vancouver, BC: Teams participating in the 2006 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, December 26, 2005 – January 5, 2006, will receive a warm welcome and enthusiastic support from communities across the Lower Mainland.
 
At the “Adopt A Country” ceremony, held Wednesday, February 23 at the outdoor Plaza of the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, mayors of 10 Lower Mainland communities drew the name of a participating country from a hockey helmet. Consuls and prominent citizens from each country presented the mayors with a flag to be flown in their communities. These cities will cheer on their adopted countries throughout the 2006 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

Here are the civic/country pairings announced:
 
City of Richmond: Canada
City and Township of Langley: Russia
City of Chilliwack: Czech Republic
City and District of North Vancouver: USA
City of Vancouver: Finland
City of Burnaby: Sweden
City of Coquitlam: Slovakia
City of Surrey: Switzerland
City of Abbotsford: Norway
City of Maple Ridge: Latvia

Contact:
 
Norman Stowe
2006 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship
(604) 646-3556

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)
ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca

   
Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
mbell@hockeycanada.ca
Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca
   
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