World Juniors Pass On Saskatoon Bid

Hockey Canada has awarded the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship to the cities of Vancouver and Victoria. Winnipeg and Saskatoon partnered in a bid to host the 2019 event.

“While we’re disappointed that Winnipeg and Saskatoon did not secure the championship this time around, Saskatoon Sports Tourism would like to congratulate Vancouver and Victoria and its bid committee for successfully landing this world-class hockey event,” said Hugh Vassos, Project Development Consultant with Saskatoon Sports Tourism. “The competition for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship was extremely competitive and there were strong hockey markets from across Canada interested in hosting. Our fans can be proud knowing the Winnipeg and Saskatoon bid met or exceeded every measurable aspect of Hockey Canada’s criteria, leaving us well positioned to bid on the event in the future.”

“We would like to thank Saskatoon Sports Tourism, the City of Saskatoon, the Province of Saskatchewan, the Saskatoon Blades and SaskTel Centre for their commitments and expressions of interest in supporting our bid for 2019,” said Jonathan Huntington, Saskatoon’s bid committee chair. “Additionally, we’d like to acknowledge our partners in Winnipeg, including the City of Winnipeg, the Province of Manitoba, Tourism Winnipeg and True North Sports & Entertainment. We established a great working partnership with Winnipeg and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”