Bid committee in hopeful mood

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

The Winnipeg committee that is trying to land the 2007 women's world hockey championship has some homework to do.

Hockey Manitoba executive director Peter Woods takes that as a good sign.

The Winnipeg group, which is chaired by MTS president Cheryl Barker, presented its official bid to Hockey Canada officials yesterday in Calgary. It featured 30 minutes of presentation followed by 30 minutes of question and answer.

"They provided us with a list of supplementary questions we need to answer," Woods said last night after arriving back in Winnipeg. "... I can only take that as a positive, that there's certainly a strong intent there.

"We've gone through an awful lot up to this stage, and then to provide us with some additional questions, I think they're just looking for some clarification so that -- hopefully -- they're making the right choice in selecting us."

The only other group that presented a bid yesterday was from Toronto.

Hockey Canada originally indicated it would reveal the winning bid on Jan. 15, but Woods anticipates that the decision will be made before Christmas.

"We see it as being certainly to everyone's benefit if the process is accelerated, because our organization can get going quickly, and we can use the Jan. 1 (exhibition women's) game (between Canada and the U.S. at the MTS Centre) as a benchmark and a springboard to promote our game."

Woods was impressed with Barker's performance as the lead presenter.

"We had a strong presentation," he said. "Cheryl Barker was very good. She was well-spoken, she was well-prepared. She did an exceptional job."

The women's worlds will be held in April 2007.


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