Quebec City Appoints Honorary Presidents for 2008 IIHF World Championship
September 25, 2007

QUEBEC CITY – The Quebec City organizing committee for the 2008 IIHF World Championship, through its co-presidents, Jacques Tanguay and Claude Rousseau, announced today that Jean Béliveau and Patrick Roy have accepted the honorary co-presidency of the 2008 IIHF World Hockey Championship which will be held in Quebec City and Halifax from May 2-18, 2008.

“We are very pleased that Mr. Béliveau and Mr. Roy have accepted to join us in this great adventure,” said Tanguay. “Whether talking about Jean Béliveau or about Patrick Roy, they both have a very good reputation and their contribution to the world of hockey, as much on the national than on the international level, is unequalled.”

“These two great hockey men, members of the Hockey Hall of Fame, have always shown a lot of character and leadership throughout their career and their presence within our organizing committee can only be beneficial,” said Rousseau. “They are admired by the hockey fans and they will bring a lot of prominence to this event.”

Béliveau is one of the most distinguished players that has ever played. All his goals, points and team records don’t even come close to comparing with the contribution he made to the sport. With 10 Stanley Cups as a player and seven more as an executive, Béliveau, the longest-serving captain in the history of the Montreal Canadiens, continues to act as a leader in the only way he knows, that is by example.

In terms of Roy, throughout a dazzling 18-year career in the National Hockey League with the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche, his leadership, his great will to win each of his games and his tenacity have made him a first class athlete. Winner of four Stanley Cups, he was also awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy three times, the William Jennings Trophy five times and the Vezina Trophy three times.

“When Jacques Tanguay approached me to become the 2008 IIHF World Championship honorary co-president, it is without hesitation that I accepted,” Beliveau said. “This is a first-class event and I will be very happy to come and meet the hockey fans who will attend.”

“Being honorary co-president with Jean Béliveau represents for me a great honour and I am very pleased to be involved with this event,” Roy said. “As part of the 400th anniversary of the City of Quebec, the hockey fans in the greater Quebec area will have a wonderful opportunity to attend this tournament which, for the first time, will be held in North America and at the same time, will have a chance to discover a new product.”


Ticket packages for the 2008 IIHF World Championship are currently available at the Colisée Pepsi box office at a price of $400 for seats located in the galleries, $800 for seats located in the mezzanines and $1,200 for seats located in the loges. Different payment options are also available. With the purchase of a package, the fans will be granted access to each of the 30 games scheduled, including the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and the finals.

To purchase these packages, simply contact the Colisée Pepsi’s box office at
(418) 691-7211.


Starting this coming September 27th, the new number to reach the 2008 IIHF World Championship offices will be (418) 622-2008.

To obtain further information, visit the event’s website at or send all questions to

» 2008 IIHF World Men's Championship

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)


Morgan Bell
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427 / 403-669-1261 (mobile)


Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4567 / 905-906-5327 (mobile)


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