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2012 WC going to Finland

- ihwc.net

Finns beat rivals Sweden for the hosting of the 2012 World Championships.

The IIHF General Congress in Moscow awarded Finland with the 2012 IIHF World Championship. Finland won the voting 64-35. Hungary withdrew prior to the voting as did the Czech Republic. Canada, already organizers of the 2009 IIHF World U20 Championship, was also awarded the 2010 World Juniors.

Both the Finnish and Swedish Ice Hockey Associations went very far in their attempts to land the 2012 event, having campaigned ambitiously over the last two days at the Mezhdunarodnaya Hotel in Moscow. Both countries used some of their most famous players to try to lure the sympathies and votes from the IIHF member nations. Triple Gold Club member Håkan Loob campaigned for Sweden while ex NHL-great Jari Kurri was part of the Finnish delegation.

But when it came down to the actual vote, it was a non-contest. Finland got 64 of the congress’ votes to Sweden’s 35. Shortly after that, the Finnish delegation started to uncork the champagne bottles in the lobby outside of the congress room meanwhile the delegates congratulated the Finns. The 2012 cities will be Helsinki and Turku.

The 2008 World Championship will be in Quebec City & Halifax, Canada, the 2009 event will be hosted by Switzerland, Germany is the organizer in 2010 while Slovakia has the Worlds in 2011.

The allocation of the 2010 IIHF World U20 Championship to Canada was somewhat of a surprise, since the country already earlier had secured the 2009 (Ottawa) and 2012 World Juniors. But since there were no applicants for that year, Hockey Canada took the opportunity of also applying for 2010.

This means that starting with 2009, four consecutive World U20 championships will be in North America with USA being organizer in 2011. The tournament can return to Europe in 2013 at the earliest.

The USA scored a very unusual triple as they will host three different IIHF competitions in three different years: the 2009 World U18 Championship, the 2011 World U20 Championship, and the 2012 World Women's Championship. Cities for those events will be announced later. It was also announced that Latvia will apply to host the 2013 IIHF World Championship. And the USA made a very unusual proposal in one package, announcing it would bid to host three different IIHF competitions in three different years: the 2009 World U18 Championship, the 2011 World U20 Championship, and the 2012 World Women's Championship.

Story added on 11th May 2007 at 15:35 GMT
Story submitted by: Joeri Loonen.

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