2009 IIHF World Junior Championship

2009 IIHF World Junior Championship

December 23, 2008 12:22 ET

Melnyk, Waugh and Tanenbaum Join Together to Donate 1,000 World Junior Hockey Tickets

Barrie-Area Kids and Families Will Benefit From Donation to the Community

BARRIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 23, 2008) - The local organizing committee representing the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship pre-competition game taking place tonight in Barrie, Ont., announced that Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, Scotiabank CEO Rick Waugh and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment chairman Larry Tanenbaum have joined together to donate 1,000 game tickets to the Barrie community. With the assistance of the Barrie Colts organization, the donated tickets will be distributed to various Barrie-area charities and hospitals, including Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Kidsport, McDonald's charities, Seasons Centre for Grieving and the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Melnyk has also donated more than 400 tickets to kids in the Ottawa region for official championship games.

Melnyk approached Waugh and Tanenbaum, who all own cottages in the Barrie area, to see if there was a way for them to collectively support the community's involvement with this world juniors pre-competition game. "Rick, Larry and I all have strong roots here in the Barrie community and we simply wanted to make a small gesture to say thank you to this wonderful community," said Melnyk. "We thought to ourselves, there is no better gesture than to give young Canadians an opportunity to see some world-class hockey over the holidays."

"It is rare to find three immensely successful Canadian businessmen like Mr. Melnyk, Mr. Waugh and Mr. Tanenbaum, who could come together so quickly to make such a unique donation to our community," said Barrie Colts co-owner Jim Payetta. "We are truly honoured to count them as part of our Barrie community."

"Although we are hosting the official games of the world juniors in Ottawa, these pre-competition games provide communities across Ontario with the opportunity to experience junior hockey being played at its highest level," said Hockey Canada president, Bob Nicholson. "Eugene, Rick and Larry are counted amongst Canada's strongest supporters of amateur and junior hockey. Their generosity means that hundreds of children in Barrie and the surrounding communities will now have an opportunity tonight to watch some exciting international junior hockey."

Team Kazakhstan plays Team Finland at 7 p.m. tonight at the Molson Centre in Barrie. The 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship officially begins in Ottawa on Boxing Day.

Contact Information

  • Chris Jurewicz, Hockey Canada, 403-880-5819
    Phil Legault, 2009 IIHF WJC host committee, 613-599-0327