Friday, October 24, 2008


If you're more than just a passing hockey fan you know how important the World Juniors are to the hockey culture. In Canada, for instance, the folks there get more excited about the WJ's than Americans do over the World Series.

Well, Brockport students and area residents will get a chance to experience the Championships up close and personal when the 2010-2011 World Juniors come to Buffalo.

The Buffalo News reports on this awesome news...

World Juniors coming to Buffalo
By Bucky Gleason

USA Hockey was still putting the finishing touches on the final details today, but it appears the best amateur hockey tournament in the world will be coming to Buffalo in two years.

The top governing body for hockey in the United States has scheduled a news conference for Monday afternoon in HSBC Arena. It's widely believed USA Hockey will announce that the 2010-11 World Junior Hockey Championships will be held in Buffalo. The tournament runs in late December and early January.

USA Hockey spokesman Dave Fischer did not confirm or deny whether Buffalo was awarded the tournament when reached Friday afternoon. Buffalo Sabres spokesman Michael Gilbert declined comment. The Sabres were primarily involved with trying to bring the tournament to Buffalo.

"We're extremely pleased to be coming to Buffalo on Monday to join with the Sabres and Commissioner [Gary] Bettman on a significant announcement that will be pleasing to the Western New York community and hockey fans throughout the world," Fischer said.

Buffalo was one of three finalists in the United States looking to play host to the tournament. The other finalists were Minneapolis and Grand Forks, N.D.

The world junior championships is a 10-day tournament that features the best players in the world who are 20 years old and younger. The tournament mostly will be held in HSBC Arena with games involving smaller countries likely being held at Dwyer University on the Niagara University campus.

USA Hockey officials toured the region last month and obviously liked what they saw. The Buffalo area has been a major supporter of youth hockey and has held national youth tournaments in the past. However, this will be the first time a tournament of this magnitude will be held in Buffalo.