VANCOUVER – Hockey Canada announced Thursday that Stuart Ballantyne was named as General Manager for the
2006 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship that will take place in Vancouver, Kamloops, and Kelowna, British
Columbia from late December 2005 through early January 2006.
Ballantyne, the former General Manager of the Molson Indy Vancouver from 1997-2003, has an excellent track
record with organizing and marketing major sporting events and international events in both the city of
Vancouver and in Canada.
" Hockey Canada is pleased to be able to have someone with Stuart's background and experience to lead this
event, " said Scott Smith, Hockey Canada's Vice president, Business Operations. "Stuart has had proven
success with overseeing events such as the Molson Indy Vancouver, and we are confident that he is the ideal
candidate to ensure that the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Vancouver will be a huge success on
Ballantyne's responsibilities as General Manager will be to oversee all of the Championship's logistics,
team services, marketing and event sponsorship, as well as the overall preparation and event execution for
the 2006 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in British Columbia.
After completing his schooling in the Lower Mainland at BCIT and SFU, Ballantyne went on to become the
Manager of Corporate Communications for Bridgestone/Firestone Canada. Stuart is well known in Vancouver and
in Canada as the General Manager of the Molson Indy Vancouver from 1997-2003 where he grew the event and
secured its return to Vancouver year after year. Stuart's event management experience also includes his role
as the General Manager for the Molson Canadian Snow Jam Tour, which started as a local event in British
Columbia and has grown into a 10 stop North American Tour over the past 6 years.
" The IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship is a must watch event for all Canadians each year, and the
focus on the event is heightened any time it is hosted on Canadian soil, "said Ballantyne. "Every time the
World Juniors is hosted in Canada, the event has grown and has continually broken numerous records. British
Columbia will be a fantastic place to host such a prominent event, I am thrilled to be a part of it, and look
forward to getting started on our journey in hosting the most successful tournament in World Junior
The hosting of the World Junior Championship in British Columbia, which is also the host of the 2010
Winter Olympic Games, will mark the seventh time that this international event has been staged in Canada and
the first time it will be held in British Columbia.
Other years in which Canada hosted the World Junior Hockey Championship were in 2003 (Halifax, NS), in
1999 (Winnipeg, MB), in 1995 (Red Deer, AB), in 1991 (Saskatoon, SK), in 1986 (Hamilton, ON), and in 1978
(Montreal, QC). Grand Forks, North Dakota will host the event in 2005. Canada has won a medal in the past six
World Junior Championships, including a silver medal on in Finland after losing to the USA,