QUEBEC CITY – The Quebec City organizing committee for the 2008 IIHF World Championship, through its
co-presidents, Jacques Tanguay and Claude Rousseau, announced today that Jean Béliveau and Patrick Roy have
accepted the honorary co-presidency of the 2008 IIHF World Hockey Championship which will be held in Quebec
City and Halifax from May 2-18, 2008.
“We are very pleased that Mr. Béliveau and Mr. Roy have accepted to join us in this great adventure,” said
Tanguay. “Whether talking about Jean Béliveau or about Patrick Roy, they both have a very good reputation and
their contribution to the world of hockey, as much on the national than on the international level, is
“These two great hockey men, members of the Hockey Hall of Fame, have always shown a lot of character and
leadership throughout their career and their presence within our organizing committee can only be
beneficial,” said Rousseau. “They are admired by the hockey fans and they will bring a lot of prominence to
Béliveau is one of the most distinguished players that has ever played. All his goals, points and team
records don’t even come close to comparing with the contribution he made to the sport. With 10 Stanley Cups
as a player and seven more as an executive, Béliveau, the longest-serving captain in the history of the
Montreal Canadiens, continues to act as a leader in the only way he knows, that is by example.
In terms of Roy, throughout a dazzling 18-year career in the National Hockey League with the Montreal
Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche, his leadership, his great will to win each of his games and his
tenacity have made him a first class athlete. Winner of four Stanley Cups, he was also awarded the Conn
Smythe Trophy three times, the William Jennings Trophy five times and the Vezina Trophy three times.
“When Jacques Tanguay approached me to become the 2008 IIHF World Championship honorary co-president, it
is without hesitation that I accepted,” Beliveau said. “This is a first-class event and I will be very happy
to come and meet the hockey fans who will attend.”
“Being honorary co-president with Jean Béliveau represents for me a great honour and I am very pleased to
be involved with this event,” Roy said. “As part of the 400th anniversary of the City of Quebec, the hockey
fans in the greater Quebec area will have a wonderful opportunity to attend this tournament which, for the
first time, will be held in North America and at the same time, will have a chance to discover a new
Ticket packages for the 2008 IIHF World Championship are currently available at the Colisée Pepsi box office
at a price of $400 for seats located in the galleries, $800 for seats located in the mezzanines and $1,200
for seats located in the loges. Different payment options are also available. With the purchase of a package,
the fans will be granted access to each of the 30 games scheduled, including the quarter-finals, the
semi-finals and the finals.
To purchase these packages, simply contact the Colisée Pepsi’s box office at
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Starting this coming September 27th, the new number to reach the 2008 IIHF World Championship offices will be
To obtain further information, visit the event’s website at www.hockey2008.ca or send all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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