Ontario congratulates Vancouver on winning bids for the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship

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Ontario congratulates Vancouver on winning bids for the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship

TORONTO, Jan. 29 - The McGuinty government offers congratulations to Vancouver for its successful bid for the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship, and thanks Ottawa and London/Kitchener for their great team efforts, hard work and creativity, Tourism and Recreation Minister Jim Bradley said today. "I congratulate Vancouver on bringing the World Junior Hockey Championship back to Canada for the seventh time and wish them well in hosting the games," said Bradley. "And although they weren't successful, all Ontarians should be tremendously proud of the Ottawa and London/Kitchener bid teams. They put forward impressive bids that combined great team effort and strong community support." London/Kitchener put forward a bid that placed a high priority on creating new initiatives to advance junior hockey across this province, country and the world. With strong community support, everyone in London/Kitchener would have experienced the event through affordable ticket packages for both families and underprivileged youth. Ottawa submitted a bid supported by the community and all levels of hockey from the minors to the professional league. Hockey fans in Ottawa reserved 18,000 seats in advance of Hockey Canada's decision on the successful bid. "While the championship will not take place in Ontario, the spirit of this province will be strong on the ice in the many fine young hockey players from Ontario who will be playing in the championship as part of our national team," said Bradley. "We know they will make us proud." The 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship will see 31 games played over six days December 26, 2005 to January 6, 2006. Disponible en fran├žais www.tourism.gov.on.ca www.ontariotravel.netFor further information: Contact Wayne Beaton, Minister's Office, (416) 314-1400