Ontario has a shot for 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship

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Ontario has a shot for 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship

TORONTO, Jan. 12 - Ontario's chances of hosting the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship have just increased with the bid communities of Ottawa and London/Kitchener making the short-list, Tourism and Recreation Minister Jim Bradley announced today. "Ontario has an excellent opportunity to host the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship. Both Ottawa and London/Kitchener have put together strong bids that are very competitive with Vancouver, Saskatoon and Quebec City," said Minister Bradley. "While the impressive bids from the City of Hamilton and the Greater Toronto Area did not make the short-list, we applaud their efforts and hope they can build on this experience for future competitions." Ontario has not hosted the championship since 1986. The province will provide support and leadership if Ontario wins the bid. The government will provide $1 million to offset operating expenses to the Ontario winning bid community for the hosting of the championship. Based on the results from the 2003 Championship in Halifax, it is estimated that the 2006 Championship would attract 36,000 out-of-province visitors and generate over $30 million for the host community. "Congratulations to the City of Ottawa and London/Kitchener area on their selection. Hosting an international sport event builds stronger communities by leaving sport legacies, promoting participation in sport and physical activity, and by building a dedicated volunteer base in the host community. Our recent success with the 2003 World Road Cycling Championship in Hamilton clearly demonstrates how a community can be energized and empowered by playing host to the world," said Bradley. Hockey Canada is coordinating the bid process and will announce the winning bid community on January 30, 2004.For further information: Contact: Wayne Beaton, Minister's Office, (416) 314-1400