What would a local WJHC be without TTP there? Who's in?Vancouver to host 2006 World Juniors
Hockey Canada is holding a news conference at 3pm et/Noon pt at GM Place where they will announce that Vancouver has the winning bid to host the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship.
Vancouver was one of five finalists chosen by a selection committee, comprised of Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson, chairman Allan Matthews, vice-president of business operations Scott Smith and Canadian Hockey League commissioner David Branch.
Nicholson, Matthews and Branch are the voting members.
The other finalists were Ottawa, Quebec City, Saskatoon and a joint bid from London and Kitchener, Ont.
Each of the five pitched the merits of their respective bids on Jan. 18 in Calgary to the selection committee. The five finalists were chosen from 11 bids, which also included Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Montreal and Toronto.
Canada has hosted the world men's under-20 hockey tournament six times. Halifax (2003), Winnipeg (1999), Red Deer, Alta., (1995), Saskatoon (1991), Hamilton (1978).
The 2003 tournament in Halifax set records in attendance, television ratings and finances with a profit of $3.6 million and an estimated economic impact in the region of more than $20 million.
Grand Forks, N.D., is the host of the 2005 world junior championship.
As long as Fluery or any of Fluerys relitives aren't in net, Canada will win. Only if though.