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Hockey Canada Announces Series of Special Hockey Events That Will Be Held During The 2008 IIHF World Championship
in Quebec City and Halifax
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January 28, 2008
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CALGARY, AB – Hockey Canada announced details for a series of special hockey events that will be held during the 2008 IIHF World Championship in Quebec City and Halifax, in May 2008.

In conjunction with the first-ever IIHF World Championship in Canada, Hockey Canada, in collaboration with the IIHF, Hockey Quebec, and the Canadian Recreation Facilities Council, unveiled a series of special events that target hockey players, coaches and administrators from throughout Canada and the World.

• World Oldtimer’s Tournament
• IIHF World Youth Hockey Tournament
• International Coaches Conference
• IIHF Youth Skills Challenge
• Officiating Summit
• National Arena Symposium

WORLD OLDTIMER’S TOURNAMENT
Halifax, NS – May 5-10, 2008; Quebec City, QC – May 8-11, 2008
Hockey Canada is presenting two world class tournaments for all adult recreational players. In partnership with the IIHF and other national hockey associations, Hockey Canada is hosting for the 1st time, a World Oldtimer’s Tournament in both Quebec City & Halifax.
To date, the Quebec City portion of the event is close to capacity, while the Halifax portion is at over 60% capacity. Teams from Austria, Finland, Germany, Russia, Spain, United Arab Emirates and USA are already registered, as well as teams from ten difference Canadian provinces and territories.

IIHF WORLD YOUTH HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
Halifax, NS/Quebec City, QC – May 1-4, 2008
The IIHF and Hockey Canada are presenting two world class tournaments (female and male) for all Pee Wee AAA (AA in Quebec) and Bantam AAA teams (AA in Quebec) around the world. The first-ever IIHF World Youth Hockey Tournament will be held in both Quebec City and Halifax from May 1st- 4th 2008.

INTERNATIONAL COACHES CONFERENCE
Quebec City, QC – May 2-5, 2008
Hosted by Hockey Canada since 1989, the 2008 International Coaching Conference provides a forum for coaches from around the globe to come together and share their experiences, knowledge and perspective of hockey today. Designed for coaches from grassroots hockey to professional levels, the conference encourages strong coaching practices to ensure hockey remains a game of integrity, sportsmanship and fun.

IIHF YOUTH SKILLS CHALLENGE
Quebec City, QC – May 2-4, 2008
Minor hockey players from around 42 countries will congregate in Quebec City to take part in the IIHF Skills Challenge. Players will get to test their skills against the World. Countries from around the World are holding local, regional and national skills challenges to elect players born in 1993 or younger (1995 or younger in Canada) to advance to the IIHF International Skills Challenge in Canada.

Canada’s National Skills Challenge will take place on May 2nd in Quebec City. Winners will advance to the IIHF International Skills Challenge on May 3rd.

Non-Canadian participants must register through their respective national hockey associations. In Canada, participants can contact their respective provincial or regional Hockey Canada branch.

OFFICIATING SUMMIT
Quebec City, QC – May 2-4, 2008
Hockey Canada is also hosting an Officiating Summit in Quebec City, with a number of interactive sessions, workshops and expert panels to learn, share and shape the development of officiating for the future.

For more information on this event, and registration information, e-mail tanderson@hockeycanada.ca

NATIONAL ARENA SYMPOSIUM
Quebec City, QC – May 2-4, 2008
Hockey Canada and the Canadian Recreation Facilities Council (CRFC) are presenting the first-ever National Arena Symposium in Quebec City, from May 2-4, 2008. The National Arena Symposium will be an opportunity for interaction between users of arenas and those that manage some of the largest facilities in the Country.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to attend either as a training delegate or tradeshow exhibitor in what is anticipated to be an event never before experienced for the arena industry!

For more information or to register for the National Arena Symposium, contact the CRFC at (416) 426-7062 or  info@crfc.cainfo@crfc.ca

2008 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
May 2-18, 2008 – Quebec City (QC) and Halifax (NS)

The IIHF World Championship gathers the top 16 hockey countries playing 56 exciting games leading to the crowning of a World Champion and in May 2008, the 72nd IIHF World Championship will come to Canada for the first time ever as it will be co-hosted by Halifax and Quebec City from May 2nd to May 18th.
 
Halifax will host Canada, USA, Finland, Slovakia, Germany, Latvia, Norway and Slovenia, while Quebec City will host Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belarus, Denmark, France and Italy.


For more information:

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca

Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
mbell@hockeycanada.ca

   
 

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