VANCOUVER, BC – With an interest in making sure hockey fans have a wonderful holiday this year and next, the 2006 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship Organizing Committee today announced that general public ticket packages will be available for sale beginning at 9:00 a.m. on December 8, 2004.
“It’s a spectacular gift that will keep giving for 366 days,” said Ron Toigo, Chair of the 2006 WJC Organizing Committee. “Imagine the thrill of opening a present that will ensure you have the opportunity to watch the world’s best amateur hockey players and to cheer on Team Canada on home ice.”
More than 50 per cent of tickets have already been secured by season ticket holders of the Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Giants, Kamloops Blazers and Kelowna Rockets. Current season ticket holders have until 5:00 p.m. on December 7 to confirm their seats before they are released to the public on December 8.
With an entire year to go, organizers are pleased with the current status of ticket sales.
“To be more than halfway in ticket sales before tickets are available publicly is proof of the passion and appetite local fans have for world junior hockey,” said tournament General Manager, Stuart Ballantyne. “Securing your tickets now will ensure you won’t be left out come next Christmas,” added Ballantyne. “The way sales have gone so far, we expect to be sold out of ticket packages in early 2005.”
The 2006 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship will begin on December 26, 2005. Round Robin games will be hosted in Kamloops, Kelowna and Vancouver and the Gold Medal game will be played at General Motors Place in Vancouver on January 05, 2006.
The 2006 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Vancouver 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 this Championship were in 2003 (Halifax, NS), 1999 (Winnipeg, MB), 1995 (Red Deer, AB), 1991 (Saskatoon, SK), 1986 (Hamilton, ON), and 1978 (Montreal, QC). Grand Forks, North Dakota will host the event in 2005. Canada’s first game versus Slovakia will take place on Christmas Day at 4:30 p.m. ET (check).
The 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship Organizing Committee is committed to delivering a spectacular celebration of the world’s best amateur hockey players. We will elevate our community spirit and showcase Canadian hospitality and pride. Our success will create a lasting legacy for Canadian amateur hockey and will demonstrate our ability to host elite international events.