Vancouver, BC - Mere hours into the general public sales of 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship tickets, less than 2006 packages remain for the 21-game Vancouver package.
"Ticketmaster has been overwhelmed by calls this morning as they cope with the massive interest," said 2006 WJC General Manager, Stuart Ballantyne.
As of 2:00 p.m. (PT), tournament gold packages were sold out leaving limited red packages on sale. Red packages are upper bowl seats for the Pacific Coliseum and General Motors Place. Red packages are available for $550 per seat plus convenience and handling charges.
Ticket sales in Kelowna and Kamloops were also brisk today with limited availability for the 5-game $125 per seat packages at Prospera Place and Sport Mart Place.
"Clearly there is a huge appetite for hockey in all three markets," added Ballantyne. "It's hard to tell when we'll hit the sellout mark; but it could take place before Team Canada hits the ice in North Dakota."
Ticket availability: Online at www.hockeycanada.ca Telephone: Ticketmaster direct at (604) 280-4400
The 2006 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship will begin on . 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 .
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 1:00 p.m. PT.
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.