- The 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship will mark the eighth time Canada has hosted the event, joining 2006 (Vancouver/Kelowna/Kamloops, BC), 2003 (Halifax/Sydney, NS), 1999 (Winnipeg, MB), 1995 (Red Deer, AB), 1991 (Saskatoon, SK), 1986 (Hamilton, ON) and 1978 (Montreal, QC)
- Scotiabank Place (capacity – 19,153) will become the largest building to host an IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal game in Canada, surpassing General Motors Place in Vancouver (capacity – 18,630)
- Population-wise, Ottawa (812,129, 2006 Census) will become the second-largest Canadian city to host the IIHF World Junior Championship, behind only Montreal (1,620,693).
- Canada’s National Junior Team has won a medal at every IIHF World Junior Championship held in Canada – three gold (1991, 1995, 2006), three silver (1986, 1999, 2003) and one bronze (1978)
- Ottawa will become the third national capital city to host an IIHF World Junior Championship, joining Helsinki, Finland (1980, 1985, 1990, 1998, 2004) and Moscow, Russia (1988, 2001)
- Since the Program of Excellence began in 1982, 10 Ontario natives have captained Canada’s National Junior Team – Jim Sandlak, Kitchener (1986); Steve Chaisson, Barrie (1987); Steven Rice, Kitchener (1991); Eric Lindros, London (1992); Brent Tully, Peterborough (1994); Todd Harvey, Hamilton (1995); Mike Van Ryn, London (1999); Manny Malhotra, Mississauga (2000); Daniel Paille, Welland (2004); Mike Richards, Kenora (2005)
- Only one Ottawa Senators draft pick has been a member of Canada’s National Junior Team during their current run of three consecutive gold medals – goaltender Jeff Glass in 2005
- At seven of the eight previous IIHF World Junior Championships in Canada, the host country and the USSR/Russia have finished in the gold and silver medal positions – the only exception was 1978 in Montreal, where the USSR won gold while Canada took home bronze
- At the seven previous IIHF World Junior Championships held on Canadian soil, Canada’s National Junior Team has a 36-8-2 record and has outscored the opposition 259-111.
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