Saskatoon and Regina will jointly host the 2010 IIHF world junior hockey championships, Hockey Canada announced Monday.

The joint bid of the two Saskatchewan cities was presented in April and beat out those of Halifax/Moncton and Winnipeg/Brandon.

"Today is a great day for hockey in Canada and especially in Saskatchewan," said Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson. "The Saskatchewan bid team did a great job in bringing a province-wide bid and solid business plan for us to consider.

"We had three outstanding bids to choose from, and all three candidates would have been great hosts of the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, but at the end of the process, we are very confident that Saskatchewan will deliver an outstanding event."

It will mark the ninth time Canada will host the event. Saskatoon was the site of the 1991 tournament, won by Canada in a memorable gold medal game.

Ottawa will host the next championship, beginning on Dec. 26, with Canada also home of the 2012 event, at a locale yet to be determined.

The 2010 world championships will feature more than 30 games played at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon and the Brandt Centre in Regina. Each facility will be upgraded before the event. 

The organizing committee is projecting a total audience of over 300,000, with an estimated economic impact of $25 million for the province.

"We knew we had a strong bid with outstanding support from the Saskatchewan hockey community and our partners in Saskatoon, Regina, and the province of Saskatchewan," said Jack Brodsky, chair of the bid committee. "We will now start the process of building a strong host organizing committee to plan what we know will be a great 2010 World Junior Championship."

Tickets for the public are expected to go on sale this fall. 

Saskatoon/Regina also bid for the right to hold the 2012 championship. The other two entrants were Calgary/Edmonton and Toronto. A decision is expected in the coming weeks, according to Hockey Canada.

With files from the Canadian Press