2009 IIHF World Junior Championship

2009 IIHF World Junior Championship

December 23, 2008 18:50 ET

2009 IIHF World Junior Championship host organizing committee comments on transit strike

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 23, 2008) - Cyril Leeder, vice-chair of the host organizing for the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship host organizing committee, made the following comments on the Ottawa transit strike and the possibility of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279 setting up picket lines during the event:

Our main objective with the world juniors is to make this the best possible experience for the players representing the 10 competing countries, their families, hockey fans, media and Hockey Country in general.

Should the city's transit strike continue, we have clearly communicated to all fans and volunteers that they should carpool to each venue. We have also placed advertisements in the local newspapers indicating that fans should not arrive too early for the second game of the day, so they don't interfere with fans leaving from the first game. They should arrive an hour before the first game (1:30 at the Civic Centre and 2:30 at SBP Arena) and a half an hour to an hour before the second game (5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Civic Centre and 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at SBP Arena)

There will be regular updates on the event website regarding traffic, parking, commuting to the games and other information. Please visit the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship section at www.hockeycanada.ca.

Note that we are not providing supplemental service for transit riders coming to the games. The event's transportation program is only for the teams and media from designated locations. This has been our event plan all along, with permission from the City of Ottawa and OC Transpo.

While we do acknowledge that it's within the union's right to picket peacefully on public property, we feel it is unfortunate that it would choose the world juniors as a focal point, since we are not involved in this disagreement between the city and the union.

Contact Information

  • Chris Jurewicz
    Hockey Canada
    Phil Legault
    2009 IIHF WJC host committee