Bid process open for interested host-cities
CALGARY, Alta. – The search has begun for the Canadian host of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Hockey Canada opened the bid process for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship host on April 22, and will accept communities’ submissions of intent to host through May 31. Selected applicants will then have until Aug. 31 to complete and submit their proposal before the formal review is completed by Hockey Canada’s site-selection committee and the host-city announced in time for the organizers to attend the World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal this December.
“The World Junior Championship has become a holiday tradition for Canadian families, and it’s a great honour to be able to host this event on Canadian ice,” said Scott Smith, chief operating officer, Hockey Canada. “Cities from across the nation have successfully and warmly welcomed the event and its participants 11 times already, and Montreal and Toronto are gearing up to welcome the world again this December. We are looking forward to identifying our 2019 hosts and begin working with them to bring this world-class event within our borders once again.”
Hockey Canada operates the IIHF World Junior Championship on behalf of the IIHF when hosted in Canada. It manages the site-selection process, event-staff hiring, and works in cooperation with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), selected host organizing committee, and the host Hockey Canada member partner where the event is being held on the management and operations of the event.
Interested communities are asked to contact Hockey Canada’s senior director of events and properties, Dean McIntosh, for a copy of the Intent to Host documentation.
In addition to the positive economic impact of hosting the championship, which has resulted in as much as $50 million in local and provincial revenue, host communities and the country at large also benefit from the event’s legacy plan, which puts proceeds back into supporting hockey from the grassroots to the elite level. The event has also attracted a high of nearly 20 million Canadian viewers on TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s broadcast partners, when played on home ice.
“There’s no doubt that the players and teams inspire Canadians to take up or remain with the game,” said Smith. “It’s important for us at Hockey Canada to make sure that with all of our events – from our national championships to the IIHF events we host – also support the growth of the game from coast-to-coast-to-coast.”
Hockey Canada has previously hosted the IIHF World Junior Championship 11 times, with the most recent being 2015 in Toronto and Montreal, where Canada won gold on home ice at an event that has already produced NHL stars Connor McDavid, Max Domi, Anthony Duclair, Jack Eichel, and Dylan Larkin, amongst others.
The World Junior Championship returns to Canada this December, with Toronto playing host to Team Canada’s preliminary-round games, and Montreal hosting the medal rounds.