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Buffalo Will Host The 2018 IIHF WJC

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today it has selected the Buffalo Sabres, along with First Niagara Center, HARBORCENTER and Ralph Wilson Stadium as host for the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Under-20 Championship (commonly referred to as the IIHF World Junior Championship). The 10-nation tournament features the world's best men’s players under 20 years of age and is a 31-game event that takes place over the course of 10 days.

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The City Of Buffalo Will Host The 2018 World Junior Championship

via USA Hockey,

WHAT: A major announcement from USA Hockey
WHEN: Friday, December 4, 2015, 3 p.m. ET
WHERE: Ralph Wilson Stadium, 18-Yard Line, Orchard Park, New York
WATCH LIVE: The press conference will be aired live on NHL Network and also streamed live atNHL.com and USAHockey.com


Dave Ogrean, executive director, USA Hockey
Terry Pegula, owner, Buffalo Sabres/Buffalo Bills
Mike Bertsch, assistant executive director, USA Hockey
Russ Brandon, president, Buffalo Sabres/Buffalo Bills
Jim Smith, president, USA Hockey


The press conference will be aired live on NHL Network and also streamed live at NHL.com and USAHockey.com ... During the question and answer portion of the press conference, fans may ask questions by tweeting to @USAHockey and using the hashtag #AskUSAH. Select questions might be asked live on air.

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The NHL Network And The World Junior Championship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The NHL Network will provide exclusive live broadcasts of all U.S. games at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship and up to 25 games total. The tournament is set for Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 in Helsinki, Finland.

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Czech’s To Teach The Chinese About Ice Hockey

from the Prague Post,

Chinese sports officials have asked their Czech counterparts to teach Chinese ice hockey and biathlon for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, daily Mladá fronta Dnes (MfD) writes today.

“Chinese are a nation that wants to be successful,” Roman Kumpost, head of the Czech Olympic Committee (COV) foreign affairs section, is quoted as saying....

He said ice hockey clubs were only in a single Chinese province.

Peng Liu said he was amazed at their tremendous number on such a small territory in the CzechRepublic.

However, the Chinese ice hockey team can only take part in the 2022 Olympics if it is within the first 18 national teams in the world. As it now ranks 38th, it needs to rise rapidly up, MfD writes.

“In this way, we used to teach Russians in the 1950s. You know the outcome,” Kejval said.

“You may doubt whether this is a good idea. On the other hand, if we do not teach them, they will ask Canadians to do so,” he added.


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Your Team North America Coaching Staff For The World Cup Of Hockey

TORONTO/NEW YORK (Nov. 13, 2015) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today the appointment of Team North America’s Assistant Coaches: Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay Lightning), Peter DeBoer (San Jose Sharks), Dave Tippett (Arizona Coyotes) and Jay Woodcroft (Edmonton Oilers). The four assistant coaches will report to Team North America General Manager Peter Chiarelli (Edmonton Oilers), Associate General Manager Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks) and Head Coach Todd McLellan (Edmonton Oilers).  

“We are excited to announce Team North America’s assistant coaches for the World Cup of Hockey 2016,” said Chiarelli. “Jon, Peter, Dave and Jay are great additions to our staff and their tremendous experience will go a long way in helping our young players have a successful tournament.” 

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Mike Babcock Has More Important Things To Do

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Mike Babcock says he'd never say no to Hockey Canada when the sport's national governing body comes asking for his help.

That's too bad. He should have said no this time. He should be devoting his time to the Maple Leafs.

The World Cup of Hockey is not the Olympics and it's not even a true World Cup. There are two teams that don't belong: That team of under-23s and a pan-European all-star squad.

Can you imagine soccer, rugby or cricket -- all with huge world cup tournaments -- operating like that? Telling, say, Asian countries you don't have a chance so let's put an all-star team of Chinese, Japanese and Koreans together. And instead of countries like Canada or Australia trying out, we'll invited the best Europeans under 23?

How ridiculous. Hockey's World Cup format is an embarrassment. No more than a cash-grab.

And winning it? It won't feel like the Olympics.


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Hockey Canada Announces Coaching Staff For 2016 World Cup Of Hockey

from Hockey Canada,

Mike Babcock will return to international competition in September as the Team Canada head coach at the World Cup of Hockey.

Babcock (Saskatoon, Sask./Toronto, NHL) joined Hockey Canada president and CEO, Tom Renney, and Team Canada’s general manager, Doug Armstrong, at a news conference on Thursday where it was confirmed he will take the helm as head coach when the World Cup of Hockey makes its return in Toronto in September 2016.

“We’re happy to have Mike lead our World Cup coaching staff next September. His successes in creating a winning culture in a two-week tournament are well documented,” said Armstrong. “We are looking forward to representing Canada and making our country proud.”

Joining Babcock on the coaching staff are a group of successful coaches who bring equally impressive credentials of their own. Armstrong and Renney announced that Claude Julien, Barry Trotz, Joel Quenneville, and Bill Peters will be working with Babcock as assistant coaches for Team Canada.

“Thanks to immense depth, Canada is able to tap into world-class coaching, and this group clearly demonstrates that,” said Renney.


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St. Louis Wants The 2018 WJC

from Dan O'Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

When Canada withstood a fierce comeback to defeat Russia 5-4 in the International Ice Hockey World Junior Championship final last January, 19,014 fans packed the Air Canada Centre in Toronto to witness.

The scene was breathtaking, featuring dramatic hockey, an electric atmosphere and the world’s best young players locked in an epic battle. If Canada is the birthplace of hockey, Toronto is the mother ship. The setting and the circumstances were made for each other.

That said, if you can embrace the Blues’ new marketing theme, if you will consider this to be a “Heartland of Hockey,” you might appreciate what it would be like for St. Louis to present such a compelling, international spectacle. Holy Ballpark Village!

The St. Louis Sports Commission and the Blues are trying to make it happen, partnering in the pursuit of the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. Among the three cities under final consideration — with Buffalo, N.Y., and Pittsburgh — St. Louis representatives play host to the USA Hockey committee members over the next two days, making a final pitch. The award is expected to be announced in early December.

“It would have a scope and the ability to touch our city and region at a level we really haven’t done since the 1904 Olympics,” Blues president Chris Zimmerman said.


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John Tortorella Will Be Named Head Coach For Team USA World Cup Of Hockey Team

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The Profitable World Cup Of Hockey

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The World Cup of Hockey is shaping up to deliver a million-dollar payday to each of the NHL’s 30 team owners, some of which could come from advertising on team uniforms for the first time.

When the tournament was conceived, NHL and NHL Players’ Association executives believed they might be able to generate $90 million in revenue from a two-week tournament. Now, after selling rich TV rights to ESPN in the U.S. and Rogers Communications in Canada, and thanks to strong interest from corporate sponsors, NHL team owners and NHLPA executives have been advised the September 2016 event may raise as much as $130 million, according to a source who said NHL team executives have been briefed on the profit projections.

Costs are estimated to be about $65 million - including $10 million to $15 million budgeted for player insurance - meaning owners and players, who are jointly staging the event, will split a profit of about $65 million.

That would be a far cry from the $4 million profit the last World Cup of Hockey event generated in 2004.


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