Three cities up for 2011 world juniors
USA Hockey announced today that it has narrowed the list of potential sites to host the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Under-20 Championship to (alphabetical order): Buffalo, N.Y., Grand Forks, N.D., and Minneapolis - Saint Paul.
“The World Under-20 Championship is a spectacular event that we're extremely pleased to be hosting again,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “We had interest in this event from more than 20 different entities across the country. We've narrowed the field to three very worthy finalists and look forward to reaching a decision before the end of the year."
Three good choices this time around, although I'd like to see Buffalo get the event. Not only would that allow a lot of Canadians to attend the tournament, but it would also showcase a terrific, world-class tournament to some great hockey fans in Western New York.
You'd hope that Sabres fans would turn up in droves for what is some of the best hockey every year.
The 2009 tournament is in Ottawa this Christmas, while 2010's event will be in Regina and Saskatoon. Canadian cities = big money.
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