It's business plain and simple, the WJC (at least when hosted in Canada or the US) brings in a lot of tourist dollars. If the shoe was on the other foot (i.e. an Ottawa anniversary year) I would fully expect the Canadiens/Montréal to bid on hosting the event.
I'm pretty sure that Ottawa has one of the most successful junior sports teams in the world in the 67's, in terms of winning and attendance.
I'm not picking on Ottawa specifically, and they're probably an exception to the rule. It's just that it's now clear what direction Hockey Canada is heading in. NHL owners with big arenas and deep pockets are calling the shots. I'm sure we'll see Toronto, Montreal , Calgary, etc get the next few tourney with large $$$ backing.
In the smaller cities, these applications are made by grassroots volunteers. They do it because they love their city and love hockey. I hope I'm wrong, but it looks like those days are over.
I heard on CKAC that the fact that Ottawa had a better implication of their minor hockey league than the Montreal squad helped them a lot. The guy from Hockey Canada made a stupid comment though when he was asked by Villeneuve if the fact that it was the 100th anniversary, if it was a factor in their decision. The guy said sure we took it in consideration but most of the other cities had other ''activities'' as well.....As if the 100th anniversary is equivalent to any other activity....
And it seems that the dollar figures, the probable attendance and all played for Ottawa as well, so like a poster said, it's strictly or mostly business.
Last edited by Whitesnake: 05-03-2006 at 07:46 PM.