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Kamloops bidding to host 2014 Four Nations Cup
The 2014 Four Nations Cup, featuring the Canadian, U.S., Finnish and Swedish national female hockey teams, might be played in the Tournament Capital.
Kamloops This Week has obtained the Kamloops bid committee’s tournament-bid proposal, which was sent in July to Dean McIntosh, Hockey Canada’s director of marketing services.
Jon Pankuch, president of the Kamloops Minor Hockey Association, is the city’s bid-committee chairman.
The City of Kamloops has agreed to provide free usage of Interior Savings Centre to the host committee from Nov. 3 to Nov. 9, 2014, the proposed dates on which the tournament will run.
The proposed budget includes a net profit of $9,125 on expenditures of $315,375 and revenue of $324,500.
The Kamloops bid committee is anticipating revenue from ticket sales ($268,000), grants ($21,500), corporate sponsors ($20,000), fundraising ($10,000) and merchandise sales ($5,000).
The three largest expense items are expected to be hotel accommodations ($84,375), meals ($71,500) and transportation ($27,000).
Each of the four teams will play each other once in the round-robin stage to decide which teams will meet in the bronze- and gold-medal games.
In the round-robin, the bid proposal sets ticket prices at $15 for each of Canada’s games. The price of admission is expected to be $10 for games not featuring the Canadian team.
It will cost $10 to get into the bronze-medal tilt and $20 for the championship game, according to the bid proposal.
The 2014 Four Nations Cup will be the first major women’s hockey tourney after the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
The tournament is considered the third-most-prestigious event in women’s hockey, after the Olympics and the IIHF World Women’s Hockey Championship.
The Four Nations Cup rotates among the participating countries — Canada, U.S., Finland and Sweden — with St. John’s being the last Canadian host, in 2010.
St. John’s realized a profit of $1,958, while Kitchener, in 2006, pulled in $60,232, which it used to fund community hockey programs in its city.
At least one other city is competing against Kamloops, that being Sarnia, Ont.
The winning host city will be announced before the 2013 Four Nations Cup, which is being held in November in Lake Placid, N.Y.
On the Kamloops bid committee are Sean Smith, the city’s Tournament Capital co-ordinator; Patrick O’Donovan, Tourism Kamloops’ sport-tourism co-ordinator; Andy Philpot, brigade superintendent with St. John Ambulance; Al Fitzgerald, president of Nor-Ex Ice Engineering; Willy Saari, co-ordinator of female referee development with BC Hockey; and Kelsey Clovechok, who would act as the tournament’s female hockey advisor and player representative.
Kamloops lost its bid to host the 2013 women’s world championship, which was awarded to Ottawa.