Winnipeg – True North Sports + Entertainment Vice President of Communications and Community Engagement Rob Wozny has confirmed to 680 CJOB that Winnipeg and Saskatoon have made a joint bid to host the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championships.
“It was part of an open bid process, we put in a bid, and we were invited to make an in-person presentation today,” said Wozny from Calgary. “We have a good team here at True North, and the partners involved from Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Knowing who is on our team, I think it went really well. At this point to say anything at all about success level is premature at this stage. ”
Winnipeg last hosted the World Junior Championship in 1999, and is coming off a highly successful Heritage Classic Weekend. Wozny said that event was not part of the bid process, but “given the very high profile of the Heritage Classic in Winnipeg and the success of that, and being in a National and an International spotlight- I think it’s safe to say it’s not going to hurt.”
Hockey Canada will not confirm which bids they have received. But Lisa Dornan of Hockey Canadian did tell 680 CJOB via email that a final decision, and announcement on who will be awarded the tournament, is expected in late November or early December.