BUFFALO, United States – USA Hockey announced on Monday that the 2011 World U20 Championship will be hosted by Buffalo, NY. The city is located 300 miles (480 km) northwest of New York City and 60 miles (95 km) south of Toronto.
The media conference at the main venue, the Buffalo Sabres’ HSBC Arena, was attended by USA Hockey’s executive director Dave Ogrean, Sabres owner Tom Golisano and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
Dwyer Arena on the campus of Niagara University will serve as the secondary facility for the event.
The 10-nation tournament features the world's best players under 20 years of age.
„Buffalo is a wonderful city and we could not be more pleased to be bringing the World Juniors to Western New York,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “The Sabres are a first-class organization and the participants and fans from around the world will have the chance to experience that first hand.”
“We are honoured that USA Hockey has chosen the Buffalo Sabres and HSBC Arena as the host for the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship,” said Sabres owner Golisano. “All of Western New York will benefit greatly from this world-class event being staged right here in Buffalo.”
“The interest level of the World Junior Championship continues to grow,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “The tournament is a crown jewel within international hockey circles and an event at which fans will see the future stars of the National Hockey League and Olympic Games.”
Buffalo was among the three finalists along with Grand Forks, where the tournament took place in 2005, and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
The United States has earned five medals in the event's history, claiming gold in 2004, silver in 1997 and bronze in 1986, 1992 and 2007. Team USA has played for a medal in each of the last six World Junior Championships.
The IIHF granted USA Hockey the rights to host three IIHF World Championships in May 2007, including the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championship (which will take place April 9-19, 2009, in Fargo and Moorhead), the 2011 World U20 Championship and the 2012 World Women's Championship (at a site to be determined).
Buffalo Sabres season ticket and mini-pack holders will have the first opportunity to purchase ticket packages to the 2011 World U20 Championship and will be notified with details by mail. Other fans should visit www.buffaloworldjuniors.com to purchase ticket packages. A $200 non-refundable deposit per seat is required. Should seats not be available, all money will be refunded. An on-sale date will be announced in the future. Additionally, individual game ticket information, including an on-sale date, will be announced at a later date if tickets are available.
The four next World U20 Championships, which are held in late December to early January, will be played in North America:
2008-2009: Ottawa (CAN) – Click here for the schedule
2009-2010: Saskatoon and Regina (CAN)
2010-2011: Buffalo (USA)
2011-2012: Calgary and Edmonton (CAN)
Russia applied to host the 2013 IIHF World U20 Championship.