by Todd Anderson
When Ottawa hosts the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship, a familiar face will be responsible for much of the success on and off the ice. Hockey Canada announced that Ottawa's Bob O'Doherty will serve as general manager of the event during a news conference at Scotiabank Place on Monday.
"Excitement is going to grow over time," O'Doherty said of the event that, as Senators COO Cyril Leeder pointed out, is 753 days away. "I have full confidence that this will be the best-ever event."
Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson says the tournament has become part of the Christmas tradition in this country, and he expects Ottawa to be a great host.
"In 2009 we're going to raise the bar again. Every player loves to put on that jersey and in 2009 when the tournament comes to Hockey Country, it will be the best yet."
Ticket packages for the 2009 event go on sale to the public this Friday at 12 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.capitaltickets.ca, by calling 613-599-FANS (3267) or at the Ottawa Senators' box office. Tickets are available in 31- or 17-game packages with no single-game tickets available at this time.
The logo for the 2009 tournament was unveiled during Monday's news conference as well as the 38-man roster invited to this year's selection camp. Among those invited is Senators' 2005 draft pick Cody Bass of the Mississauga IceDogs.
Corvo won't miss action after scare
Senators defenceman Joe Corvo was wearing a visor during Monday's practice after getting cut for four stitches above his left eye during a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Sitting on Ottawa's bench, Corvo was struck by the puck as it was shot into the bench accidentally by teammate Chris Kelly.
"Usually I'm ready for stuff like that but (the puck) was going so slow and I wasn't thinking anything of it," Corvo said adding that the incident caused bruising to the retina of his left eye. "There's a bit of fogginess but that's because I'm using eye drops right now. I'm not going to miss any time."
Gerber starts Tuesday
Senators goaltender Martin Gerber will look for a second-straight victory when he starts in goal tomorrow in Long Island against the New York Islanders. The Senators summer free agent acquisition continues to notice improvement in his game after working hard in practice.
"I feel much better. There's been lots of hard work and it's helped a lot."