Monday, July 07, 2008

Saskatchewan gets the call to host the World Juniors

Canada's favourite Christmas time special will soon be set for Saskatoon and Regina, as Hockey Canada announced today that the Saskatchewan cities will be co-hosts of the 2010 tournament.

The World Junior's are Canada's most anticipated tournament, held in the two weeks around the Christmas season, they are the dominant feature of the sporting world above the 49th parallel. While Americans sit down to a plethora of college football bowl games named after fruits and courier companies, Canadians gather round the big screen TV to cheer on Canada's young hockey players as they challenge the world to a game of shinny.

Canada finds much more financial success with the World Junior championships than any other country on the hockey map, traditionally selling out the rinks for most games and delivering gigantic television ratings for TSN, the host broadcaster of the tournament.

Because of that tradition of support, Canada will host the tournament this Christmas in Ottawa, Saskatoon/Regina host it the following year and still up for bids is the 2012 competition which also has received a bid from Saskatchewan to go along with Toronto and Calgary/Edmonton's applications.

With the two hockey mad cities of the prairies already hockey hotbeds, 2010 should not be any different as far as support and excitement locally, with some $25 million dollars expected to be seen by the province of Saskatchewan as the tournament plays down its thirty one games.

Saskatoon/Regina beat out rival bids from Winnipeg/Brandon and Halifax/Moncton for the rights to host the tournament, marking a return of the tournament to Saskatoon for the first time since 1991.
Regina Leader-Post-- World juniors will return to Sask.

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