Organizers of the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship know they can’t beat Ottawa when it comes to setting an attendance record.
But they are sure they can match anyone on the planet when it comes to putting on a showcase event on and off the ice.
‘Come for the Hockey but Stay for the Party' is the theme for next year’s World Juniors in Saskatoon and Regina, and there is no doubt the host organizing committee is primed for the job at hand.
"We will not let anyone down," said Jack Brodsky, president of the host organizing committee. "We may be a small market but we will be a premier event."
Organizers say they have about 65 per cent of all available seats in both arenas sold and they are confident both arenas will be completely sold out.
"You are coming to the hotbed of hockey," said Crown corporations minister Ken Cheveldayoff.
Saskatchewan has a proven track record of staging world-class events, including championship curling and figure skating events, and the World Juniors - Canada won gold in Saskatoon in 1991, with John Slaney scoring a goal in the last minute of play against Russia for a 3-2 win in the deciding round-robin game.
While Regina and Saskatoon are the host cities, other communities throughout the province will play host to pre-tournament training camps for the 10 teams along with exhibition games.
"This is a provincial entity," said Flacco.
The province of Saskatchewan has a thriving economy and the province has become a popular destination point for people.
"Saskatchewan is an exciting place to be," said Cheveldayoff. "Our economy is hot. Saskatchewan is having a great run."
The 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship will run from to .