UPS is official courier of 2009 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship

MISSISSAUGA, ON - UPS Canada, a leading provider of shipping and logistics solutions, will be the official courier of the 2009 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Ottawa.

The international event unites 10 teams from around the globe.  Participating teams this year include USA, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Czech Republic, Latvia, Switzerland, Kazakhstan and Team Canada. The teams compete in a tournament consisting of 31 games all in one city, Ottawa, for the first time.

As an official event sponsor, UPS will use its wide range of customized services to meet all of the event's shipping needs prior to and during the games. In addition, UPS Canada will host a promotional game night on Dec. 27 at SBP Arena, the site of the gold medal game. Fans will cheer extra loud with UPS thunder sticks and have the chance to win UPS prize packs delivered directly by a local UPS driver.

"This is part of our commitment to Canadian sport and specifically to world junior hockey, which continues to grow in prestige each year," said Greg Kane, vice-president of communications for UPS Canada. "Speed and accuracy drives the sport of hockey, which is also a cornerstone for UPS. We wish the teams good luck and look forward to the games."

The UPS Store locations in Ottawa closest to the event venues are located on Earl Grey Drive, not far from SBP Arena, and also just around the corner from the Civic Centre on Fifth Avenue. Both stores are charged for the event and will be ready to provide easy and efficient shipping and packaging services for athletes and the estimated 30,000 spectators who may need to ship souvenirs back to family and friends around the world. A few lucky customers of The UPS Store will join in the excitement as winners of game tickets or 2009 World Junior Championship merchandise, from a recent contest run in store in support of the sponsorship.

"This event entails careful coordination and precise timing, which is why UPS is a natural fit for this sponsorship," says Cyril Leeder, vice-chair of the host organizing committee. "The support of UPS's customized services is a vital asset towards bringing together the needed resources in time to ensure the success of the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship."

About UPS

UPS is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain and freight services. With more than a century of experience in transportation and logistics, UPS is a leading global trade expert equipped with a broad portfolio of solutions. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at UPS.com.

About IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship

International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) is the governing body for the sport of ice hockey and in-line hockey for both men and women. The IIHF works in collaboration with its committees to organize and plan 25 different world championships in five different categories including men, women, juniors under 20, juniors under 18 and women under 18. The IIHF develops and promotes hockey and hockey players throughout the world. All surplus revenues from the world juniors go to support the development of amateur, junior and international hockey.  For more information on the IIHF visit www.iihf.com.

For further information: Shannon Morton, APEX Public Relations, (416) 924-4442 ext. 253, smorton @ apexpr.com;
Kim Misner, UPS Canada Public Relations, (905) 676-6939, kmisner @ ups.com;
Phil Legault, Co-director, 2009 WJC host committee, (613) 599-0327, legaultp @ ottawasenators.com

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