Oilers & Northlands Confirm Bid To Secure
2006 IIHF World Junior Championships
It’s official! The Edmonton Oilers and Northlands Park have joined forces to bid for the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Hockey Championships to be held in Edmonton.
Last hosted in Halifax in 2003, the IIHF World Junior Championships have seen play in 6 Canadian cities, including Montreal, Hamilton, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. However, the closest the Championships have come to Edmonton have been the Red Deer games in 1995.
With Edmonton’s track record for success with both national and international events, such as the 2001 World Track & Field Championships, and Alberta’s love affair with hockey, as witnessed at the Molson Canadian Heritage Classic, Edmonton seems the perfect fit for the Championships.
“Bringing the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championships to Edmonton is another opportunity for the city to do what they do best – be ‘The City of Champions’,” said Patrick LaForge, President & CEO of the Edmonton Oilers. “Edmonton has built an incredible reputation worldwide as being a great host city, particularly in light of the tremendous success of the Heritage Classic. This is another opportunity for Edmonton to make a statement for hockey. This is the heartland of hockey, and people here want to see it nurtured and sustained at all levels. There is no question that Edmonton will embrace these Championships.”
“We’ve brought all the key parties together to put in a bid that has to be taken very seriously”, said Ken Knowles, General Manager and COO of Northlands. “With the expertise that we’ve gathered - from the City of Edmonton to the Edmonton Oilers, from Hockey Alberta to the Edmonton Minor Hockey Association, I know that we can create another memorable event for the city and Hockey Canada to hang their helmets on.”
The Edmonton Oilers and Northlands Park submitted their official bid for the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championships on January 5th, 2004. Finalists selected for the short list will make a verbal presentation in Calgary on January 18th, with the announcement of the host city made by the Hockey Canada Board of Directors on or before January 30th.
The Line Starts Here For The 2006 IIHF World Junior Championships
On Tuesday, January 6th, 2004, the Edmonton Oilers and Northlands Park confirmed their bid to bring the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Hockey Championships to Edmonton. Now that the official paper work is completed, the Oilers and Northlands can look to hockey fans throughout Northern Alberta to once again make a bold ‘Edmonton’ statement.
Hockey fans hoping to secure tickets for the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championships are asked to act quickly in order to show the city’s overwhelming support for Edmonton’s bid by making a refundable $50 deposit at any Ticketmaster ticket outlet (451-8000), or on ticketmaster.ca. The Edmonton Oilers have already registered over 12,000 deposits from their season ticket base, and hockey fans hoping to secure a position on the first priority list for ticket packages for the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championships can do so prior to Friday, January 16th.
“The World Juniors feature some of the most exciting hockey action outside of the NHL, with players that will soon be making a very large impact in the NHL,” said Patrick LaForge, President & CEO of the Edmonton Oilers. “By putting a refundable fifty bucks down, we’re offering hockey fans the chance to get in on the ground floor for what could be the hottest tickets in Edmonton since the Molson Canadian Heritage Classic - the 2006 World Junior’s.”
The finalists selected for the short list will be given the opportunity to make a verbal presentation in Calgary on January 18th. The Hockey Canada Board of Directors will announce the host city of the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championships on or before January 30th.
That would be great, all of the elite juniors would get to see first hand what a great hockey city Edm is, it could be a factor in getting some euros to make more of an effort to get over here quicker.
Dvo made a comment that he started liking the city from when he was here in his draft year.