Two Canadian Cities to Present Operations Plan in Bid to Host 2007 IIHF Men's World Hockey Championship
January 10, 2003

CALGARY, ALBERTA - Two Canadian cities have submitted Operations Plans to the CHA on , and continue forward in the selection process to possibly host the IIHF Men's World Hockey Championship in 2007, the CHA announced on Friday.

The two Canadian cities that submitted their Operations Plans on Friday, January 10th prior to the 5pm (Mountain Time) deadline, were:

• Halifax, NS

• Winnipeg, MB

The next step for these bid applicants is to make an in-person presentation of this plan to the IIHF Championship Committee on .

Two cities dropped out from the bid process: Calgary and Edmonton, AB. The city of Saskatoon, SK has joined the Winnipeg bid.

Canada will be one of several countries vying to host the 2007 Worlds. The IIHF will approve a host country and a host site for the 2007 IIHF Men's World Hockey Championship no later than .

The IIHF Men's World Hockey Championship is the premiere annual international hockey event, bringing together the top hockey playing nations in the World, running every year from the end of April through mid-May. Teams are comprised of top players from European leagues and NHL players not involved in the NHL playoffs. Slovakia won the World Championship in 2002, while Canada finished fifth.

Since the World Championship was held as a stand-alone event for the first time in 1930, Canada has never hosted this event. Canada has captured a total of 13 gold medals, including gold medals in 1994 and in 1997. The first World Championship was held as a part of the Summer Olympics in 1920.

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada

Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
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