Monday, May 14, 2007

U.S. gets upcoming world tourneys

USA Hockey announced today that the International Ice Hockey Federation has granted it the right to host three upcoming World Championships, including the 2009 IIHF World Men’s Under-18 Championship, the 2011 IIHF World Under-20 Championship and the 2012 IIHF World Women’s Championship.
The U.S. has had trouble crowds in the past with some international hockey events, and the key to success seems to be staging them close enough to the Canadian border that puckheads from this country can make the trip.

That was the strategy for the 2005 world junior tournament when it was held in Grand Forks, N.D., and Thief River Falls, Minn., and the attendance numbers there were terrific.

The under-18 and women's tournaments don't have nearly the same level of a draw as the under-20s, however, so it'll be interesting to see just where USA Hockey opts to hold those events.


At 10:02 p.m., May 14, 2007, Blogger Art Vandelay said...

That sounds more like one tournament that only Canada cares about and two "nobody gives a rat's a**" dog & pony shows that zero countries care about. I'm calling Emperor No Clothes on international hockey. And I'll throw in the recently concluded, 100% unwatchable shinny tourney they just completed in which Canada went 9-0 beating glorified club teams in front of ones of fans. Let's stop pretending international hockey matters.

At 8:41 a.m., May 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

art vandalay = rage-aholic

At 4:09 p.m., May 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This should hapen the day squirrels s**t gold


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