CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced Friday that Denis Hainault has been named executive director of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, scheduled for Dec. 26, 2016 to Jan. 5, 2017 in Montreal, Que., and Toronto, Ont.
Hainault will work with host committees in both cities, and will be responsible for the overall delivery of the tournament, including ensuring a strong legacy is left for Montreal, Toronto and the game of hockey.
“We are very excited that Denis has agreed to join us as we work towards the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship,” said Scott Smith, chief operating officer of Hockey Canada. “He is certainly familiar with Hockey Canada, and his international experience with some of the biggest hockey events and sports organizations in the world is second to none.”
Hainault currently works as the vice-president of sport for the 2015 Pan-American and Parapan-American Games in Toronto, dealing with all aspects of the Games. He was previously managing expert for venue management and ice hockey with the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and was general manager of ice hockey venues and director of ice sports with the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C.
He has no shortage of experience at the IIHF World Junior Championship, having worked with the host organizing committees of the 1995 World Juniors in Red Deer, Alta., and 2006 World Juniors in Vancouver, B.C., and was the Hockey Canada resource person during the organization of the 1999 World Juniors in Winnipeg, Man., and 2003 World Juniors in Halifax, N.S.
Hainault served as director of high performance with Hockey Canada from 1991 to 2005, serving as team leader and team manager at the Olympic Winter Games (1998, 2002), IIHF World Championship (1995-2002), IIHF World Junior Championship (1996-2005) and IIHF World Women’s Championship (1997-2002), along with numerous other national team duties.
He also worked as transportation officer with the Canadian mission staff at the 2000 Olympic Summer Games, and got his start in hockey with the Montreal Minor Hockey League, Montreal Ice Hockey Federation and Hockey Quebec in the 1980s.
Hainault will be starting with Hockey Canada on Nov. 1, 2015 and will be working out of the Montreal office.
The organization of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship will be led by Hockey Canada, in collaboration with Hockey Quebec, the Ontario Hockey Federation, the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens, and Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment.
For more information on Hockey Canada and the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca/2017juniors, or follow along through social media atwww.facebook.com/hockeycanada, www.facebook.com/worldjuniors,www.twitter.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hc_wjc.