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World Cup 2003 Host Announced

CHATHAM, Ontario, Canada - Canadian Inline Hockey Association (CIHA) announces today that the City of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada has been awarded the 2003 World Inline Cup, June 30- July 6. The Northern Stars Roller Hockey League with over 800 registered players will serve as the host throughout this ten-day World Inline Hockey event.

The City of Edmonton has recently hosted the 2002 FIFA Women U19 World Cup, 2001 World Track & Field Championships, 2001 ITU World Triathlon Championships, 1997 World Tae Kwon Do Championships and World Junior Water Ski Championships. Edmonton has proven to be a “World Class” event host and is also home to the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL and Canada’s largest shopping, amusement park, hotel mall – the West Edmonton Mall.

The World Inline Cup will feature teams in the 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U, 20U, Women (13+) and Senior Men’s (20+) divisions. The concept of the World Inline Cup will be to provide a unique experience for all players by living at the University of Alberta Student Dorms in an “Athlete Village”. This unique experience provides for interaction of the youth players of the world, organized activities away from the rink along with competition from teams from around the Globe.

Canada will once again organize Provincial Teams from Ontario, Alberta and Pacific at all age levels (20+ teams), along with confirmed commitments from National Teams from Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, Germany and as always great interest from top regional teams in the USA. These youth players are the future world stars of inline hockey!

The international teams along with the sixty plus Alberta Community Rep. Teams will converge on Edmonton three days prior to the World Inline Cup for the 2003 Western Can Am Cup, June 27- 29, 2003. The Western Can Am Cup provides opportunity for the Canadian Community teams and the international teams, players and families to interact and compete in a weekend of competition and friendship.

The World Inline Cup will feature Round Robin play in all divisions followed by a re-seeding medal round for both Pool A Championship and Pool B Championship. Special events during the week will include a skills competition, open draft friendship game, tour to Canadian Rocky Mountains, western style barbeque, day trips to West Edmonton Mall (go-carts, water-park and shopping) and opening & closing ceremonies.

CIHA is hoping that Walter Gretzky’s travel plans will work out so he can continue to be part of the Team Ontario coaching staff and provide all participants with laughter and stories. We know that the City of Edmonton will embrace a visit from Mr Gretzky!

Specific team packages for the 2003 World Inline Cup will be available shortly from the event hosts. CIHA will provide continuous up to date information on our website as it becomes available.

For more information contact the CIHA office: deas

Or the Host Committee Chairman from Edmonton (Marshall Kushniruk) marshal@s

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