Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson announced Thursday that the gold medal game, as well as both semifinals, at the 2008 IIHF World Hockey Championship will be held in Quebec City.
The Quebec capital is co-hosting the 2008 championship with Halifax, the first time ever that Canada has hosted the annual event.
“We really felt that the Colisee and the number of people it can hold make it the spot to do it,” Nicholson said from Athens, Greece, where he was attending the IIHF semi-annual congress. “When you look at Quebec, there’s such a history with the game. It’s going to be very attractive to Europeans.”
Le Colisee in Quebec City holds 15,000 people, while Halifax’s Metro Centre holds 10,500.
Nicholson says Canada will probably play its preliminary and qualifying round games in Halifax before hopefully advancing to the medal round in Quebec City, but said that the schedule for the event – which will run from May 1-18, 2008 – is still in its early planning stages, and won’t be announced until late 2007.
Tickets for the 2008 IIHF World Hockey Championship are on sale now. Packages for the games in Halifax will be available only through www.ticketatlantic.com, by phone at (902) 451-1221, or at the Ticket Atlantic box office located at the Halifax Metro Centre. Quebec City packages are available through www.expocite.com or by phone at 1-800-900-SHOW.
Nicholson also announced that the IIHF’s 2008 General Congress has been moved from Paris to Montreal. The General Congress brings together all 65 member countries every four years to elect the president and council. Nicholson believes holding the congress in Canada will bring even more international attention to the country.
“It makes it more special,” he said. “We don’t want it to be just the world championship. There’s going to be lots going on.”