CALGARY – Hockey Canada announced today that Bob O’Doherty has been hired as general manager of the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship, to be held in Ottawa Dec., to Jan..
O’Doherty, a resident of Nepean, Ont., who is a part-time instructor in the Sport Business Management program at Ottawa’s Algonquin College, served as general manager of the 2006 Ontario Summer Games, which were held in Ottawa, overseeing a volunteer staff of 900.
“ This is a fantastic opportunity for me, and I look forward to working closely with the Ottawa host
committee and all the volunteers to make this a fantastic world juniors,” O’Doherty said. “Canada has always
supported this international holiday favourite, and I have no doubt we can make 2009 a huge success.”
O’Doherty has also been involved with the Ottawa 2014 Commonwealth Games Bid Committee as general manager and executive director, the Ottawa Sports Festival and Canadian Special Olympics 2000 Winter Games as general manager; and the Ottawa-Carleton 2001 Canada Summer Games Bid Committee as president and CEO.
" Hockey Canada is very excited to have someone with Bob's experience to run this event," said Scott Smith, senior executive vice-president of Hockey Canada. "We are confident that he will do an amazing job at ensuring the success of the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ottawa, and we look forward to him joining the Hockey Canada staff and working with the Ottawa host committee."
As part of the bid committee for the 2009 world juniors, O’Doherty is familiar with the plans that have been put in place for the event both financial and operational. His duties as general manager will include managing all organizational aspects of the event, while working with a number of Hockey Canada representatives as well as the host committee.
" We are extremely pleased that Bob will head up our event team as general manager,” said Cyril Leeder, vice-chair of the host committee. “He has extensive experience with major sport events, is a respected member of our local sport community and shares our vision of hosting the best-ever world junior championship in 2009."
The 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship will mark the eighth time the event has been held in Canada, and
only the second time Ontario will play host.
The tournament has previously been held in Vancouver (2006), Halifax (2003), Winnipeg (1999), Red Deer, Alta. (1995), Saskatoon (1991), Hamilton (1986) and Montreal (1978).
For more information on the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship and Canada’s national junior team, visit www.hockeycanada.ca.