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BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

Facts about the 2009 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship to be held in Ottawa:

-- Will take place from Dec. 26, 2008, to Jan. 5, 2009.

-- 31 games in total -- 17 at Scotiabank Place and 14 at the Civic Centre.

-- Ten countries will participate. The 2006 teams were Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S.

-- Ticket information, prices and the process for obtaining tickets will be made available later this summer, first to season ticket holders of the Ottawa Senators, Ottawa 67's, Gatineau Olympiques and Kingston Frontenacs, and then to the general public in the fall.

-- A key element of the Ottawa bid was affordable pricing through ticket packages starting from under $28 per ticket and single game tickets starting at under $20 for select games.

-- Championship attendance is expected to exceed 456,000, which would top the 2006 attendance record of 374,353 in Vancouver/Kelowna/Kamloops.

-- The IIHF world junior hockey championship has taken place since 1977. The 2006 championship was in Vancouver and marked the seventh time Canada has hosted. Montreal (1978), Hamilton (1986), Saskatoon (1991), Red Deer (1995), Winnipeg (1999) and Halifax (2003) have staged the championship. The 2007 championship is in Sweden, and a host has not been selected for 2008.

-- Estimates of the economic activity from the 2009 championship are $45 million to $60 million. The 2006 championship event generated an estimated economic activity of $41 million in British Columbia.

-- Canada has won a medal in the past seven championships, including gold in 2006 in Vancouver and in 2005 in North Dakota. Canada won silver at the three prior championships.

-- The five finalists for the 2009 championship were from Alberta (Calgary/Edmonton), Montreal, Ottawa, Saskatchewan (Saskatoon/Regina) and Toronto.


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