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IIHF World Junior Championship Pre-Competition Games
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September 9, 2008
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OTTAWA: With more than 440,000 tickets already sold for the 31-game 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ottawa, the host organizing committee announced today the 9 Ontario cities set to host 10 pre-competition games leading up to the opening day on Friday, Dec. 26.

Beginning at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on Dec. 19 and ending on Dec. 23 in four cities, 10 world championship competing countries will play the following schedule of pre-competition games:

Toronto (Air Canada Centre): Friday, Dec. 19: Canada vs. Sweden at 7 p.m.
Kingston (K-Rock Centre): Sunday, Dec. 21: Latvia vs. USA at 7 p.m.
Kitchener (Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex): Sunday, Dec. 21: Czech Republic vs. Slovakia at 2 p.m.
Mississauga (Hershey Centre): Sunday, Dec. 21: Canada vs. Finland at 7 p.m.
Oshawa (General Motors Centre): Sunday, Dec. 21: Kazakhstan vs. Russia at 7 p.m.
Brockville (Brockville Memorial Centre): Monday, Dec. 22: Germany vs. Latvia at 7 p.m.
Barrie (Barrie Molson Centre): Tuesday, Dec. 23: Finland vs. Kazakhstan at 7 p.m.
Brampton (PowerAde Centre): Tuesday, Dec. 23: Czech Republic vs. Sweden at 7 p.m.
Hamilton (Copps Coliseum): Tuesday, Dec. 23: Canada vs. Slovakia at 7 p.m.
Kingston (K-Rock Centre):Tuesday, Dec. 23: Russia vs. USA at 7 p.m.

“This world junior event has always been a community effort, with contributions coming from many organizations involved in the game in Hockey Country and also from the different levels of government,” said Cyril Leeder, vice-chair of the host organizing committee. “We were extremely pleased to facilitate bringing these very important and key preparation pre-competition games to communities across Ontario. With the record-setting attendance we’ve already established for the championship and anticipated record television viewership, we’re proud to bring the world’s best juniors in person to an additional 75,000 hockey fans.”

"The world juniors will be one of the largest sporting events our city and province has ever witnessed, and the McGuinty government was pleased to provide $2 million to help attract the tournament to our province,” said Jim Watson, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and MPP, Ottawa West-Nepean

“The 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship hockey tournament will bring people from all over the world to the City of Ottawa. We are prepared to host the world and as well are committed to providing an exceptional venue for the next generation of superstar hockey players,” said Ottawa Mayor Larry O’Brien. “These training camps will only add to the hype that will come to full realization on Boxing Day later this year and again when Canada wins its fifth straight gold medal.”

Hockey Canada will hold a selection camp for more than 35 Team Canada hopefuls in Ottawa from Dec. 11-15. Canada’s final team will then move its camp and daily practices to CFB (Canadian Forces Base) Petawawa, which is located about 150 km outside of Ottawa, and then travel to its pre-competition games in Toronto, Mississauga and Hamilton.

Each country is expected to arrive in its host city on or about Thursday, Dec. 18. Teams will be practising and taking part in their exhibition games before moving to Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec. 24, for the start of the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The countries and their host cities are as follows (city – country): Barrie/Finland; Brampton/Czech Republic; Brockville/Latvia; CFB Petawawa/Canada; Kingston/Russia and the United States; Kitchener/Slovakia; Mississauga/Sweden; Oshawa/Kazakhstan and Ottawa/Germany,

“The world juniors itself has been projected to provide an economic benefit of not less than $45 million and as high as $60 million,” added Leeder. “We’re anticipating that these added training camps and games throughout Ontario will bring in many millions more for the communities and generate a lot of enthusiasm for the tourney.”

The 31-game schedule sees Canada open against the Czech Republic for the second year in a row on Friday, Dec. 26, at 7:30 p.m. The matinee game at SBP Arena will see the United States meet Germany at 3:30 p.m. The championship’s first game features Russia and Latvia at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 26 at the Civic Centre, which is also where the all-Scandinavian matchup between Finland and Sweden takes place later that day at 6:30 p.m.

All gold, silver and bronze ticket packages, for a total of more than 440,000 tickets or 95 per cent of capacity, have been sold. The 31-game packages were sold out prior to the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic, and the remaining 3,500 17-game packages were picked up during the championship following Canada’s fourth consecutive gold-medal win on . The 23,249 remaining tickets are in available suites at both venues and are required to fill ticket commitments for the IIHF, Hockey Canada, and sponsors.

Canada’s pre-competition games:
Friday, Dec. 19: vs. Sweden, Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
Sunday, Dec. 21: vs. Finland, Mississauga, Ont. (Hershey Centre)
Tuesday, Dec. 23: vs. Slovakia, Hamilton (Copps Coliseum)

Czech Republic’s pre-competition games:
Sunday, Dec. 21: vs. Slovakia, Kitchener, Ont. (Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex)
Tuesday, Dec. 23: vs. Sweden, Brampton, Ont. (PowerAde Centre)

Finland’s pre-competition games:
Sunday, Dec. 21: vs. Canada, Mississauga, Ont. (Hershey Centre)
Tuesday, Dec. 23: vs. Kazakhstan, Barrie, Ont. (Barrie Molson Centre)

Germany’s pre-competition games:
Monday, Dec. 22: vs. Latvia, Brockville, Ont. (Brockville Memorial Centre)

Kazakhstan’s pre-competition games:
Sunday, Dec. 21: vs. Russia, Oshawa, Ont. (General Motors Centre)
Tuesday, Dec. 23: vs. Finland, Barrie, Ont. (Barrie Molson Centre)

Latvia’s pre-competition games:
Sunday, Dec. 21: vs. USA, Kingston, Ont. (K-Rock Centre)
Monday, Dec. 22: vs. Germany, Brockville, Ont. (Brockville Memorial Centre)

Russia’s pre-competition games:
Sunday, Dec. 21: vs. Kazakhstan, Oshawa, Ont. (General Motors Centre)
Tuesday, Dec. 23: vs. USA, Kingston, Ont. (K-Rock Centre)

Slovakia’s pre-competition games:
Sunday, Dec. 21: vs. Czech Republic, Kitchener, Ont. (Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex)
Tuesday, Dec. 23: vs. Canada, Hamilton (Copps Coliseum)

Sweden’s pre-competition games:
Friday, Dec. 19: vs. Canada, Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
Tuesday, Dec. 23: vs. Czech Republic, Brampton, Ont. (PowerAde Centre)

United States’s pre-competition games:
Sunday, Dec. 21: vs. Latvia, Kingston, Ont. (K-Rock Centre)
Tuesday, Dec. 23: vs. Russia, Kingston, Ont. (K-Rock Centre)

For more information on the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship, visit www.hockeycanada.ca/ottawa2009.

For more information, please contact:
Phil Legault, 2009 IIHF WJC host committee, 613-599-0327
André Brin, Hockey Canada, 403-540-8444

2009 World Junior Championship pre-competition Ticket information

Barrie (Barrie Molson Centre): Tuesday, Dec. 23: Finland vs. Kazakhstan at 7 p.m.
Tickets: details to be determined

Brampton (PowerAde Centre): Tuesday, Dec. 23: Czech Republic vs. Sweden at 7 p.m.
Tickets: public on-sale starts at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 12; reserved seating tickets will be available through Guest Services at the PowerAde Centre; please call (905) 459-9340 (ext #101) or visit www.ticketmaster.ca

Brockville (Brockville Memorial Centre): Monday, Dec. 22: Germany vs. Latvia at 7 p.m.Tickets: public on-sale date to be determined; tickets will be available through the City of Brockville’s Chamber of Commerce Tourism office at 10 Market St. West; please call 1-888-251-7676 or (613) 342-4357

Hamilton (Copps Coliseum): Tuesday, Dec. 23: Canada vs. Slovakia at 7 p.m.
Tickets: public on-sale starts at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 15; tickets will be available online at www.ticketmaster.ca or by phone at (905) 527-7666 or in person at the Copps Coliseum box office

Kingston (K-Rock Centre): Tuesday, Dec. 23: Russia vs. USA at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21: Latvia vs. USA at 7 p.m.
Tickets: public on-sale starts at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 12; tickets will be available in person at the K-Rock Centre ticket office at 1 Barrack Street or by telephone at 877-KLIVE99 (877-554-8399) or online at www.k-rockcentre.com

Kitchener (Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex): Sunday, Dec. 21: Czech Republic vs. Slovakia at 2 p.m.
Tickets: public on-sale starts at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8; tickets available by phone at (519) 578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977 or online at www.centre-square.com or in person at The Aud Box Office or The Centre in the Square Box Office

Mississauga (Hershey Centre): Sunday, Dec. 21: Canada vs. Finland at 7 p.m.
Tickets: public on-sale starts at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 12; tickets will be available through the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors office at (905) 502-7788 or www.stmichaelsmajors.com

Oshawa (General Motors Centre): Sunday, Dec. 21: Kazakhstan vs. Russia at 7 p.m.
Tickets: public on-sale starts at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept, 30; tickets are available at the General Motors Centre Box Office or by phone at 1-877-436-8811 or on line at www.generalmotorscentre.com

Toronto (Air Canada Centre): Friday, Dec. 19: Canada vs. Sweden at 7 p.m.
Tickets: details to be determined


For more information:

André Brin
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557
abrin@hockeycanada.ca

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

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Manager, Content Services
Hockey Canada
403-777-4553
jlarose@hockeycanada.ca

Kristen Lipscombe
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
klipscombe@hockeycanada.ca

Keegan Goodrich
Coordinator, Media
Hockey Canada
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kgoodrich@hockeycanada.ca

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