Thursday, August 21, 2008

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."
The U.S. has hosted the tournament four times before, sometimes to great success (2005 in Grand Forks) and epic failure (1996 in Boston). It was also in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1989 and Minneapolis-St. Paul way back in 1982.

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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At 1:46 PM, August 21, 2008, Anonymous Sheldon said...

"Not only would that allow a lot of Canadians to attend the tournament,"

Both other places would also allow Canadians to attend. I know quite a few people would make the trip from Winnipeg to both of those venues to watch the World Juniors.

 
At 2:37 PM, August 21, 2008, Anonymous PPP said...

Excellent choices by Hockey USA. Good hockey markets and close enough to Canada to ensure great attendance numbers.

 
At 2:48 PM, August 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why doesn't Bettman muscle in with his idiotic ideas and force the US to host the tournament in LA and Anaheim.
Or Phoenix and Las Vegas?
Why put the tournament in hockey markets. Jeezus Get with the program USA Hockey.

Signed
Stench of Failure
AKA Bettman

 
At 2:52 PM, August 21, 2008, Blogger Chris Moore said...

Why is Michigan always left out from consideration for something like this? It would get a lot more attention than Grand Forks. It is USA hockey's number one hockey state as well...

 
At 2:59 PM, August 21, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

Why is Michigan always left out from consideration for something like this? It would get a lot more attention than Grand Forks. It is USA hockey's number one hockey state as well...

I'd assume that either Michigan cities didn't put forward bids, or didn't put forward very attractive bids this time around. This isn't something USA hockey would decide without input from bid cities, so unless you know of specific Michigan cities that put forward significant bids, it's unfair to put the blame on USA Hockey for ignoring a whole state.

 
At 8:23 PM, August 21, 2008, Blogger Kevin said...

The U.S. has hosted the tournament four times before, sometimes to great success (2005 in Grand Forks) and epic failure (1996 in Boston)

I assume when you say Boston in 96 was a failure you're talking about the US finishing 5th overall? I attended 10 games at that tournament in 96, and it was some of the best hockey I've ever seen and I had a great time. The tournament was run efficiently and other than the lackluster attendance, imho it was a success.

 
At 8:36 PM, August 21, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I believe the attendance was so poor that the tournament lost money or was very close to doing so, and Boston stands as the main examples of why the world juniors haven't been played in the U.S. more than once in the 15 years since.

It's no accident that all three locations for 2011 are very close to the border.

 
At 10:16 PM, August 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not too surprised that the tournament doesn't do well in the US - you never hear about it at all. The only times I actually heard much about it was when I was watching a local college game and it was mentioned as the reason why some good players were missing. I think the only time I saw it on television at all was during the lockout year - other than that I think you can't even get it on the internet without a Canadian IP address. South of the border it might as well be invisible, even to hockey fans who would be interested in watching.

The only sports for youngsters taht get a lot of exposure are football and basketball. All others are irrelevant to television.

 
At 11:51 AM, August 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in "Boston" 1996. Never saw a game in Boston because so many games were played surrounding small towns. And it was pretty empty in those small rinks.

 
At 2:27 PM, August 22, 2008, Anonymous Ev said...

Buffalo is a perfect site for the WJC in my opinion. Growing youth hockey scene (Pat Kane, Lee Stempniak), close proximity to Canada and believe it or not, fantastic cultural and tourist attractions. Good hockey people too eh.

 
At 8:45 PM, August 22, 2008, Anonymous TheTick said...

WJC in Buffalo, make it happen. That would be an awesome event. Most everyone I heard from who came here for the last NCAA tournament (the basketball one) had a lot of fun.

 
At 5:23 PM, August 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buffalo is Best!!! 8 Million people just north of the Border who would be willing to pay anything (and buy tickets to non Canadaian games) to get a package for the Canadian games.

It is a licence to print money. Put it in Buffalo and name your price.

Personally, I would be willing to pay $200 per ticket for each of Canada's 4 round robin games, the semi, the Gold Medal game etc... Put another 18,000 Canadians in the RBC and the profits will be huge!!!

 

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