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World Junior Championship Launches Tickets for Kids Program
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December 8, 2005
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Individuals and corporations encouraged to donate unused tickets to benefit B.C. kids

Vancouver, B.C., - The 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship today announced the launch of the World Junior Tickets for Kids Program. As part of the program, individual and corporate ticket holders can donate unused tickets for a World Junior Championship game. The tickets will then be distributed through program partners, B.C. Amateur Hockey Association and Kids Up Front Foundation, which represent thousands of young hockey fans across British Columbia.

“Hosting the World Juniors requires support from the entire province and our organizing committee felt it important to give back to the communities who are contributing to our success. The World Juniors Tickets for Kids program successfully fuses our goal of cultivating youth interest in hockey while providing an opportunity to support two very important youth-based organizations and fill the seats at every game. We are grateful for the cooperation from the individuals and corporations who are donating tickets to our program,” said Stuart Ballantyne, General Manager, 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship

To participate in the Tickets for Kids program, individuals and corporations can return tickets to the World Junior Championship office or by dropping off tickets at one of the three World Junior Championship arena box offices:

Ticketmaster Box Office, General Motors Place
Select Your Tickets Box Office, Kelowna
Ticketmaster Box Office, Kamloops

Participants who donate tickets receive a prize draw entry for two executive suite passes to the Gold Medal Championship game and a limited edition World Junior Hockey Championship Team Canada lithograph.

“The B.C. Amateur Hockey Association is grateful to the IIHF World Junior Championship for including us in the Tickets for Kids initiative. This program provides our players and teams with the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of watching some of the best junior hockey players in the world compete against each other,” said Fred Heslop, President, B.C. Amateur Hockey Association.

“On behalf of the families and children associated with Kids Up Front, we are proud to be a beneficiary of the Tickets for Kids program and thank the participating individuals and companies whose donation will help bring the excitement of the World Junior Championship to kids across B.C.,” Cindy Graves, Executive Director, Kids Up Front Foundation (Vancouver).

About B.C. Amateur Hockey Association

The B.C. Amateur Hockey Association, founded in 1919 and a member brand of Hockey Canada, is responsible for the governing and development of amateur hockey at all levels in the province of British Columbia and Yukon Territory. The BCAHA membership consists of approximately 60,000 players, 4,500 referees, and over 20,000 volunteers.

About Kids Up Front

Kids Up Front Foundation provides opportunities for kids and their families to attend quality entertainment and educational events through the distribution of unused tickets, and by creating special events that help to heal, bond and unite.

About 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship

The 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship in Kamloops, Kelowna and 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 hosted the event in 2005.

For more information, please contact:

Kelly Lendvoy
World Junior Championship
604.913.6113
klendvoy@communikgroup.com


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