CALGARY, ALBERTA - Two Canadian bid groups, representing four Canadian cities, presented their technical operations plan including arena, transportation and hotel plans to the Canadian Hockey Association bid committee on Friday in Calgary in an effort to host the 2007 IIHF Men's World Championship.
The two bid groups that are in the running to host the 2007 IIHF Men's World Championship, and that submitted their technical operations plan in person in Calgary on Friday:
Halifax, NS / Quebec City, QC
Winnipeg, MB / Saskatoon, SK
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 .
Next steps in the bid process: The CHA bid committee will contact both of the bid groups on or before to confirm whether or not they have been chosen to proceed with a formal bid presentation, which would take place in April, 2003 (site/date to be confirmed).
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.
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