Toronto launches bid to host 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship



    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - Mayor David Miller today launched Toronto's bid
to host the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior
Championship in 2012. Mayor Miller was supported in his presentation to Hockey
Canada's selection team by Margarett Best, Ontario's Minister of Health
Promotion, and Larry Tanenbaum, who co-chairs Toronto's Bid Group with Mayor
Miller. In addition to Mr. Tanenbaum, who is chair of Maple Leaf Sports and
Entertainment, Toronto's Bid Group is comprised of investors, underwriters and
legacy partners who would contribute an estimated $4 million towards the
operating costs of the tournament.
    "Toronto is the hockey capital of Canada," said Mayor Miller. "There's a
huge fan base here in the GTA with our home teams playing in the NHL, the AHL,
the OHL and the GTHL. We've built a solid bid. The Province of Ontario and
Tourism Toronto have committed financing. The Toronto Community Foundation has
committed to creating an endowment fund that will take our hockey legacy to a
new generation of young people. And, we've committed our expertise in hosting
international events to making this tournament a showcase of our national
sport for hockey fans around the globe."
    The strength of Toronto's bid lies in its partnership with the Province
of Ontario and the regions surrounding Toronto, from Mississauga to Oshawa. A
Toronto tournament is expected to attract more than 400,000 fans to the games,
and capture 4.25 million viewers from across Canada for the gold medal game.
In addition to generating economic benefits for the Greater Toronto Area, the
tournament would leave a lasting endowment legacy of $600,000 to support
sports and recreation opportunities for children and youth in Toronto's
communities of need. Hockey Canada is expected to announce the winner of the
bid to host the 2012 World Juniors in July 2008.
    "Hosting the 2012 World Junior Championship in Toronto is a great way to
develop and increase access to the sport of hockey in Ontario," said Margarett
Best, Minister of Health Promotion. "An event of this calibre will help to
boost tourism and will be a tremendous inspiration to Ontarians to get
active."
    Toronto's bid to host the World Junior Championship meets significant
goals of the recently released Agenda for Prosperity and support Toronto's
emergence as a leading global city of the 21st century through economic
growth, internationalization, creativity and inclusion.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality,
innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government
is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Don Wanagas, Director of
Communications, Office of Mayor David Miller, (416) 338-7134,
dwanagas@toronto.ca; Julie Rosenberg, Ministry of Health Promotion,
Communications, (416) 326-4833


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