The event will be hosted by USA Hockey in conjunction with the NHL’s Dallas Stars in Frisco and Plano, Texas, from 26 April to 6 May 2021.
“We’re excited to partner with the Stars to bring this world-class event to Texas and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “The Stars have done a remarkable job with the facilities they own and operate and furthering interest in the game, and we’re really looking forward to showcasing future stars of the NHL in Texas.”
The 2021 edition will be the third held in the United States after Fargo and Moorhead in 2009 and Grand Forks in 2016.
“The Dallas Stars organization is honored to be selected as host for one of the most prestigious hockey tournaments in the world,” said Brad Alberts, president and CEO of the Dallas Stars. “We would like to thank USA Hockey for affording us the opportunity to have the next generation of hockey players showcased in North Texas. Being awarded an international event of this caliber is a testament to our local players, coaches, parents and support staff that have worked tirelessly to help grow that game of hockey in the Lone Star State. This tournament is another example of how the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex has become a premier destination for major hockey events at every level because of our world-class facilities and unmatched hospitality.”
The two venues are located north of Dallas and are approximately 15 minutes apart by car.
Comerica Center in Frisco will be the primary venue and home of Group B with host USA, Russia, the Czech Republic, Finland and Germany, and host two quarter-final games, both semi-finals and the medal games. Comerica Center is home to the Dallas Stars’ practice facility and offices.
Children’s Health StarCenter in Plano will host Group A with Sweden, Canada, Belarus, Latvia and Switzerland as well as two quarter-final games.
The game schedule will be published on 2021.u18worlds.hockey soon. Tickets are currently not on sale but the organizer anticipates that a limited capacity for fans will be available. More information will be published on the event website closer towards the tournament.
The Dallas Stars have been playing in the National Hockey League since 1993 and during this time have opened several rinks to become a driving force in grassroots hockey in the region including the ones used for the U18 Worlds where soon top junior players and some future NHL stars can be seen.
Since the establishment of the U18 Worlds, the United States with their centralized U18 team of the National Team Development Program have been the most successful country in this category with 10 gold medals, 4 silver and 3 bronze. On home ice in Texas Team USA will aim for the first gold medal since 2017.