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11 Cdn. cities bid for '06 Wrld Jnr Hockey Champs

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Eleven cities bid for '06 world junior's

Canadian Press

12/2/2003

CALGARY (CP) - Nearly a dozen Canadian cities are bidding for the 2006 world junior hockey tournament.

Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, London/Kitchener, Ont., Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Saskatoon, Toronto and Vancouver have all announced their intention to bid for the event.

Hockey Canada received letters of intent and a $7,500 deposit from the 11 cities wanting to host the world under-20 tournament that starts in December 2005 and concludes in January 2006.

The deadline for submissions was 6 p.m. EST on Tuesday.

``The fact that we have so many interested cities that want to host the world junior hockey championships shows the passion Canadians have for junior hockey,'' Hockey Canada vice-president of operations Scott Smith said in a statement.

The deadline to submit formal bids is Jan. 5, 2004 at 6 p.m. EST

A site selection committee, including Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson, chairman Al Matthews and Canadian Hockey League commissioner David Branch will review the bids and decide on a short-list of five finalists on Jan. 9.

The finalists will give a presentation to the site selection committee on Jan. 18 and Hockey Canada will announce the bid winner by Jan. 30. The bid city must be approved by the International Ice Hockey Federation at a meeting in May.

Canada has hosted the world junior tournament six times: Halifax (2003), Winnipeg (1999), Red Deer, Alta. (1995), Saskatoon (1991), Hamilton (1986) and Montreal (1978).

The 2004 event will be held in Helsinki starting Dec. 26 and concluding Jan. 5. Grand Forks, N.D., will host the tournament in 2005.

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That's exciting!! Too bad that only one city gets it. You get to see all the young Gretzkys!

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People in the US really don't have the passion for hockey that Canadians do. Maybe in the north but probably not even there.

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I loved Bobby Orr and hockey as a child and Ray Bourque as a teen/ adult. That love was extinguished by the current Bruins managment/ ownership. The NHL is about to implode and nobody cares. :(

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This tournament was held in Massachusettes a few years ago to terrible attendance. The '05 tournament is being held in North Dakota.

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People in Grand Forks, ND as well as Thief River Falls, MN are pumped about this tournament coming to their city. They both have new arenas that were donated by Ralph Engelstad. The new $100+ million dollar arena in Grand Forks is a 400,000 square foot facility. All concourse floors are granite, each of the 11,500+ seats are constructed of leather and cherry wood, and there are 48 luxury suites. The training facility has an underwater treadmill and a 10,000 square foot weight room. Their are fourteen locker rooms and an extra Olympic Sheet of ice that is attached to the arena.

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Both arenas are already doing well in terms of ticket sales for the tournament

Ralph Engelstad Arena -- Grand Forks

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Ralph Engelstad Arena -- Thief River Falls

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WOW! Those are impressive-looking stadiums. I assume Ralph Englestrad is some billioinaire or something?

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I'm pretty sure he is considering he owns the Imperial Palace casino and was the co-devloper of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas as well as the Imperial Palace in Biloxi. He's originally from Thief River Falls, MN and played college hockey for the Fighting Sioux at the University of North Dakota, which is in Grand Forks.

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I'm pretty sure he is considering he owns the Imperial Palace casino and was the co-devloper of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas as well as the Imperial Palace in Biloxi. He's originally from Thief River Falls, MN and played college hockey for the Fighting Sioux at the University of North Dakota, which is in Grand Forks.

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Vancouver was awarded the tourney. They've (in the last few years) had the World Curling Championships, World Figure Skating Championships, and of course they're having the 2010 Olympics. They're on quite a roll.

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