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If you have ever dreamed of being a part of the World Juniors, now is your chance! Hockey Canada, in partnership with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) host committee, today announced volunteer enrollment for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

World Juniors, taking place December 26, 2014 to January 5, 2015 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and Bell Centre in Montreal, will need 1,500 volunteers to make the event a reality. The number of volunteers will be split equally between the two cities, with 750 volunteers required in Toronto and the same amount in Montreal. Volunteers must be 16 years or older.

“We have been highly anticipating the launch of our volunteer program,” said Pat McEleney, executive director of the 2015 and 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships. “The success of the event hinges on the support and commitment from our volunteers from communities across southern Ontario and Quebec. We have experienced tremendous interest in our volunteer program thus far, and are confident that our skilled and enthusiastic volunteers will help deliver a first-class event in two of Canada’s most dynamic cities.”

Bill Bowman, president of the Ontario Hockey Federation, added, “Hockey is Canada’s game, and the game was built and thrives because of the contribution of thousands of volunteers who donate countless hours. The OHF encourages its communities and loyal hockey supporters to get involved this holiday season, grasp the opportunity to be a volunteer on the world stage and share in the experience of Canadian pride that makes this event like no other.”

Volunteer opportunities are open in the areas of hospitality, logistics, media, special events, sponsorship, team services, ticket sales and venue operations. It serves as a great opportunity for those seeking experience in hockey operations or simply fans of the game who would like the chance to be involved.

There are perks – including branded apparel – although volunteers do need to meet a list of criteria. This includes committing to a total of 24 volunteer hours, attending training sessions ahead of the event, and meeting screening requirements and background checks.

Sylvain Lalonde, executive director of Hockey Québec, concluded. “The volunteer recruitment process is underway for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, and we invite all hockey stakeholders in Quebec to join in the hosting of this prestigious event.”

To learn more about the volunteer requirements and to sign up as a volunteer, visit www.hockeycanada.ca/2015volunteers.

Cheryl is a Life Coach and Leap Management Expert and a former PR professional. A British-born Canadian, Cheryl would have you believe she has been a hockey fan since birth, when in fact she emigrated from England in 2009 and soon fell in love with the sport. Now a Canadian Citizen, Cheryl cites the moment Sidney Crosby scored the golden goal in Vancouver 2010 as the moment she knew Canada was home. Since that fateful goal, Cheryl taught herself to skate at the local community rink and went on to realize her dream of skating on the ice at Roger’s Arena, where Team Canada won that gold medal. A hockey fan in the Vancouver market, Cheryl has an affection for the Canucks but is a secret Penguins fan.

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