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Calgary, Edmonton bid on World Juniors

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
The Calgary Sport Tourism Authority and Edmonton Events International announced that they have submitted their Bid to Hockey Canada to co-host the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship, scheduled for December 26, 2011 to January 5, 2012.

Hockey Canada has secured the right from the IIHF to host the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship. The 2009 event will be hosted in Ottawa and has already set a new record with more than 440,000 tickets (95 per cent capacity) sold to date.
The Alberta Bid will compete with the Cities of Toronto, Halifax, Saskatoon and Winnipeg for the right to host the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship.
The ‘Alberta 2012 Bid’ is supported by the Edmonton Oilers, the Calgary Flames, Hockey Alberta, Northlands, Calgary Sport Tourism Authority, Edmonton Events International, Edmonton Oil Kings, Calgary Hitmen, The City of Edmonton, The City of Calgary, Edmonton Tourism, Tourism Calgary, and, the Calgary Olympic Development Association.
Community leaders, Jim Peplinski and Lyle Best have served as co-chairmen of the Alberta Bid. “Our team recognizes the vision, expertise, and execution that Hockey Canada has brought to our national game over the years.  If awarded the bid, we are excited at the opportunity of working with Hockey Canada to host an outstanding championship,” said Peplinksi, a former co-captain with the Calgary Flames, and now successful businessman in Calgary.
"The Alberta advantage is demonstrated by the fastest growing economy in North America along with an unprecedented legacy in both Edmonton and Calgary of successfully hosting international events. This will no doubt make a very strong impression with both Hockey Canada and the IIHF," stated Best, President and CEO of Quikcard Solutions Inc. and Executive Director of the Edmonton Oilers Alumni.
After reviewing the 5 submitted bids Hockey Canada will narrow the field to a final 3 who will be invited to make live presentations in Toronto on June 9th & 10th at their annual general meeting.  After these presentations, Hockey Canada will make their final recommendation to the IIHF World Junior Championship site selection committee.

The IIHF will make the final selection and it is anticipated that the successful bid city will be advised sometime in July of 2008.
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