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Article from Red Deer Rebels Red Deer and Edmonton to Host 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship


EDMONTON, Alta. – The world’s best junior hockey players will be skating for gold on Alberta ice at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), has awarded the 45th edition of the international tournament to the cities of Edmonton and Red Deer.

“To return to Alberta is an incredible opportunity for Hockey Canada and the IIHF World Junior Championship,” said Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer of Hockey Canada. “The province of Alberta and the cities of Edmonton and Red Deer have a history of hosting successful, world-class events, including the 1995 IIHF World Junior Championship in Red Deer, the 2012 edition of the tournament in Edmonton and the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup last summer. We are confident in this committee’s ability to successfully execute on its vision for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, and we look forward to working with them to ensure we leave a lasting legacy in Alberta and across the country that helps us continue to grow and foster the game from the grassroots to elite levels.”

Smith was chair of the site-selection committee, which also included Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney, former Hockey Canada board chair Joe Drago and CHL president David Branch, and was supported by Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties for Hockey Canada as the committee’s resource staff.

Hockey Canada has played host to the IIHF World Junior Championship 12 times in the tournament’s 41-year history; the 13th IIHF World Junior Championship on Canadian ice officially kicks off this month in Vancouver and Victoria. Organizers of the 2021 tournament will take part in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship as part of the preparation and planning for Edmonton and Red Deer.

Leading the committee are Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) in partnership with the City of Edmonton, and the Red Deer Rebels Hockey Club in partnership with the City of Red Deer.

“Oilers Entertainment Group is thrilled to be able to continue our partnership with Hockey Canada, this time to help bring the IIHF World Junior Championship to Edmonton and Red Deer,” said Bob Nicholson, OEG CEO & vice chair. “We are continuing to build Edmonton’s international reputation as a destination for hockey and we know the hockey fans in our community will be excited to cheer on Team Canada on home ice.”

“On behalf of the Rebels organization, the City of Red Deer, our partners at Westerner Park and all junior hockey fans across Central Alberta, we are beyond excited to bring the IIHF World Junior Championship back to our community,” said Brent Sutter, owner, general manager and head coach of the Red Deer Rebels. “This marquee event was a game-changer for the region in 1995, and we’re sure fans from around the world will be embraced once again.”

“As a site-selection committee, finding the optimal site for the IIHF World Junior Championship is always our priority,” said Branch. As a partner, the CHL is instrumental in the hosting of the IIHF World Junior Championship on Canadian ice, sharing in the event legacy for the development of high-performance junior hockey across the country, and lending its players, coaches and support staff to participating teams. “The interest and excitement to host this special event remains high as we look to 2021 and beyond. Today is about celebrating the selection of Edmonton and Red Deer as co-hosts in 2021 and the teams, volunteers, staff and fans who will make the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria an unforgettable experience beginning later this month.”

The Government of Alberta has committed its support to the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

“Alberta’s towns and cities are rich with hockey culture and our government is proud to support the 2021 World Juniors,” said the Honourable Ricardo Miranda, minister of culture and tourism for the Government of Alberta. “These championships will bring top-notch athletes and tourists from around the world to explore our beautiful province. This is an incredible opportunity for Alberta and I know co-hosting the games in Edmonton and Red Deer will be a winning combination.”

The 2021 World Juniors will be co-hosted at Rogers Place, the home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL), and at the ENMAX Centrium, home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels with regional economic impact expected to exceed $50-million.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Red Deer again after a great Hlinka Gretzky Cup this summer,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “We’re looking forward to showcasing our outstanding hosting skills as well as Edmonton’s Rogers Place and Ice District to the world. Events like this have a significant local economic impact that will benefit Edmontonians and allow them to enjoy their ongoing love for hockey.”

“World Juniors is more than a hockey tournament. It is our national tradition. Red Deer is honoured to be a partner host City for the 2020/2021 World Juniors, especially given our strong community history of hosting Juniors in 1995”, said Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer. “We will build on this proud heritage with our government and hockey partners. Hockey Canada, the Oilers Entertainment Group and the Red Deer Rebels are to be applauded for the hockey and Canadian history we are writing today, and for the opportunity they have secured for us”.

Tickets for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship will be available to Edmonton Oilers, Oil Kings and Rebels season-seat holders in the spring. Tickets will go on sale to the public at a later date. To be sure they don’t miss out, fans can get front-of-the-line access when tickets go on sale to the public by registering HERE.

A legacy plan for potential profits from the event will provide for grassroots hockey program support across the province and throughout Hockey Canada’s 13 regional members, as well as the CHL. A portion of the profits are used by the IIHF to grow the game internationally.

Edmonton to host Hockey Canada Foundation gala

The City of Edmonton was also confirmed as host city for the 2019 Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf event by Foundation chair Doug Goss and event co-chairs Ashif and Zainul Mawji on Thursday

The annual event is Hockey Canada’s single largest fundraiser, supporting the growth of the game from coast to coast to coast. The event, which leaves 50 percent of its net proceeds within the host community and surrounding region to help grow the game, has raised approximately $4 million since 2009, including a $400,000 legacy from the 2018 HCF Gala & Golf in London, Ont., last June.

That legacy will be used to assist Hockey Canada programs that introduce children of all backgrounds and circumstances the opportunity to experience hockey. The fund will provide financial assistance to families demonstrating need whose children’s passion for the game was fueled through the Canadian Tire First Shift and Try Hockey programs so they can pursue the game with their local minor hockey association.

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team, and the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, visit or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter, as well as #WorldJuniors.




Article from CBC written by Eddie Pells of  The Associated Press: Beckie Scott resigns from WADA committee that recommended reinstating Russian Anti-Doping Agency

Canadian Olympic champion Beckie Scott has resigned from the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) Compliance Review Committee, CBC has learned.

  • WADA panel recommends reinstatement of Russian anti-doping agency
  • The move comes after that six-person committee recommended on Friday that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) be reinstated.

    WADA made changes to some of the most stringent requirements to bring RUSADA back into compliance following a nearly three-year suspension.

    Scott will remain as the chair of WADA's athlete committee.

    RUSADA was first ruled non-compliant and suspended in November of 2015, following a report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren that found evidence of drug abuse coverups — including while Russia hosted the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

    WADA softened a demand that Russia accept the findings of the McLaren report, which stated that the government directed doping that led to winning Olympic medals.

    Russia has also agreed to turn over data and doping samples that could help corroborate positive tests, though no firm date has been set.

    The WADA executive committee meets next week to decide whether to accept the review panel's recommendation.


    When WADA announced the review panel's decision Friday, it came under fire from athletes and anti-doping leaders around the world, who decried, among other things, the agency's lack of transparency.

    In response, WADA released six letters Saturday detailing the negotiations between the review committee, WADA leaders, including Olivier Niggli and Craig Reedie, and the Russian minister of sport, Pavel Kolobkov.

    In an email sent to media that linked to the letters, WADA said it "has been leading the drive to ensure that Russia meets the Roadmap in full."

    "The fact is that leadership requires flexibility," the email said. "The proposals made in the ... letter are grounded in pragmatism and are nuanced interpretations of the Roadmap in order to bring matters to a conclusion and to not allow the significant progress that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency has made over the last two years, under WADA's supervision, to be undone."

    Head-scratching decision

    But Scott wasn't the only one dissatisfied with the process.

    German athletes' representative Silke Kassner called on WADA to postpone next week's decision and said Niggli and Reedie have learned "absolutely nothing. ... Whole process much too intransparent and at late notice."

    And Edwin Moses, the chairman of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times that the WADA decision "has sparked shock among sports fans and clean athletes worldwide, who, like me, and with no transparency from the global anti-doping body, are scratching their heads at this abrupt, curiously timed development."

    One of WADA's reworked requirements was that instead of publically accepting findings from the McLaren Report, Russia specifically accept a finding in the Schmid report that stated "a number of individuals within the Ministry of Sport and its subordinated entities' were involved in the `manipulations'."

    Russia's ultimate response, in a letter sent by Kolobkov on Thursday: "The Russian Federation fully accepted the decision of the IOC Executive Board ... that was made based on the findings of the Schmid report." The review panel deemed that acceptable.

    Regarding the data and samples, Kolobkov wrote that Russia would facilitate handing them over "After the reinstatement of RUSADA and the consent of the Russian Investigative Committee," which has been conducting its own probe into who was responsible for the doping scheme.

    WADA, in its email, said if the data isn't provided within a strict time limit, then the review committee will recommend to the executive committee that RUSADA be again declared noncompliant.



    The end of the summer means saying goodbye to our amazing Summer Students.

    Jenna Dudar, Summer Coordinator
    Matt Zentner, Collections and Research Assistant
    Lisa Martell, Summer Education Assistant

    Some of their amazing projects included Collections work, exhibit design, education planning and events such as the Teddy Bear Bash and the Beyond the Classroom Education Summer Series. We hope our students enjoy their time with us, we know we are sure going to miss them!

    We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada.
    Nous reconnaissons l'appui du gouvernement du Canada.

    Canada Watermark
    MLABarb Miller

    Article from CBC written by The Canadian Press: Hayley Wickenheiser joins Maple Leafs as player development assistant director

    4-time Olympic champion, born in Saskatchewan, retired as a player last year.

    Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas wasn't specifically looking to add a woman to Toronto's front office.

    Hayley Wickenheiser was simply the best fit.

    One of the top players in women's hockey history, Wickenheiser was named the club's new assistant director of player development Thursday.

    The four-time Olympic gold medallist will monitor Leafs prospects in the WHL, and is expected to travel to Toronto a couple times a month to work with players on both the Leafs and the AHL's Marlies.

    "The biggest reason why I was intrigued about this role is that Kyle was interested in me — not to hire a woman, but to hire someone who could do the job," Wickenheiser said on a conference call. "I feel pretty confident in my abilities to be in this role and that I belong and can handle myself with anyone."

    The 40-year-old from Shaunavon, Sask., retired as a player in 2017, finishing as the career leading scorer for the Canadian women's national team with 168 goals and 211 assists for 379 points in 276 games.

    "I know how those guys think, how they approach the game, day in and day out," she said. "I can help players get better and understand what it takes to get better.

    "Every time you step on the ice, whether it's with a player or a coach, you can always learn something or take something."

     Wickenheiser, who will continue studying medicine at the University of Calgary, said it was important for her to get back into a sport where she's helped blaze a trail for women and girls.

    "I love being around people that are the best at what they do," she said. "To work for the Toronto Maple Leafs is a pretty huge honour, and it's a big responsibility.

    "I understand well what pressure is in playing for Canada on the world stage. Hopefully some of those experiences I've that had can help some of these players."

    Wickenheiser, the MVP of women's tournament at both the 2002 and 2006 Olympics, attended the Leafs' development camp as a guest coach in June.

     "When we go through any process of hiring people to add to our program, we're looking for the best people. Period," Dubas said. "Hayley was certainly the best person to fill that role because of her expertise in hockey, her experience of being an elite player at every level.

    "Getting to know her and talking to her, I just thought the way that Hayley thinks about hockey and life could be a massive benefit to our player development program, but also our program in general."

    The Leafs also announced Scott Pellerin has been elevated to senior director of player development and that Stephane Robidas will serve as director of player development, while Noelle Needham and Victor Carneiro have been brought onboard as amateur scouts.

    Dubas said adding more diversity to the Leafs — the team already employs former Olympian Barbara Underhill as a power skating coach — with hires like Wickenheiser and Needham can only help the franchise reach its ultimate goal.

    "Research shows that the more diverse your organization, the better your decision making, the better your operation in general," he said. "If you're only hiring white males, and I'm saying that as a white male, you're probably leaving a lot on the table in terms of where your organization can go and how it can think and how it can evolve and develop.

    "We're looking for the best candidates and we're not pushing anybody aside. I think sports in general are moving well in that direction."

    While a woman has yet to step behind an NHL bench, Becky Harmon has been an assistant coach with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs since 2014, while Kathryn Smith became the NFL's first full-time female assistant during the 2016 season with the Buffalo Bills. The NFL and NBA also employ female officials.

    Wickenheiser said that although she realizes the new gig is another step for women in hockey, and sports in general, her focus is more on doing the job properly than thinking about what it means.

    "It's about being competent and being good at what you do," she said. "I also understand that there will be a lot of young girls that will see this as knocking down barriers for them to maybe dream to do the same thing.

    "It does show forward-thinking, it shows young girls that they can really do anything, but at the same time there's a competency and a performance standard."


    Catch up on what's new with the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in the Artefacts Newsletter!

    MLA Barb Miller, Red Deer - South, stopped by the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum today to tour the museum and meet the 2018 Summer Students. 

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