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Saskatchewan economy scores $86M with world junior hockey championship

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REGINA - Hockey players weren't the only ones who scored when the 2010 world junior hockey championship was held in Saskatchewan.

The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance says the province's economic activity increased by $86 million. About 302,000 fans went to the 31 games held in Saskatoon and Regina from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.

Officials say the event generated more than $15 million for grassroots Hockey Canada programs and for the Canadian Hockey League for player development.

Scott Smith, Hockey Canada's chief operating officer, says the impact on communities - both short-and long-term - is remarkable.

The United States beat Canada 6-5 in overtime to win the championship.

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