CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced Friday that five groups have submitted letters indicating their intent to submit a bid to host the 2013 IIHF World Women’s Championship.
LETTERS OF INTENT TO BID (listed alphabetically):
The five bid applicants interested in hosting the 2013 IIHF World Championship must next submit written presentations to Hockey Canada by March 4. The site selection committee will then review the written presentations and short-list bid groups for in-person presentations to take place in April.
Remaining key dates in bid process to host the 2013 IIHF World Women’s Championship:
The selection committee consists of Bob Nicholson, Hockey Canada’s president/CEO; Ken Corbett, chair of Hockey Canada’s Board of Directors; Scott Smith, Hockey Canada’s chief operating officer, and Scott Farley, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of marketing services and events. Hockey Canada’s Board of Directors will approve a winning host city (or cities) for the 2013 IIHF World Women’s Championship by the end of April 2011, with a public announcement to follow.
The 2013 IIHF World Women’s Championship is scheduled for March 31-, subject to final approval by the International Ice Hockey Federation. The Canadian location that wins the bid process will host 21 games over eight days, while benefitting from the economic and cultural impacts of opening its doors to the international women’s hockey community. It will be the final world women’s championship prior to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
The 2013 tournament will mark the sixth time that Canada has hosted the IIHF World Women’s Championship, including the inaugural event in 1990 in Ottawa, Ont., followed by 1997 in Kitchener, Ont., 2000 in Mississauga, Ont., 2004 in Halifax, N.S., and 2007 in Winnipeg, Man.
Canada has won gold at the IIHF World Women’s Championship nine times (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2007). The world championship is not held during Olympic years.