Monday, October 27, 2008

USA Hockey Press Conference

I found this tidbit on the Buffalo Sabres website:

USA Hockey will make a major announcement at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27 at HSBC Arena.

The announcement will be streamed live on

Among the speakers at the press conference are: Dave Ogrean, executive director, USA Hockey, B. Thomas Golisano, owner, Buffalo Sabres, Gary Bettman, commissioner, National Hockey League, Larry Quinn, managing partner, Buffalo Sabres, Jim Johannson, assistant executive director, USA Hockey.
I will have more later on.

3:20pm ET

Press Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today it has selected the Buffalo Sabres and HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., as the host for the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Under-20 Championship (commonly referred to as the IIHF World Junior Championship). 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 and is a 31-game event that takes place over the course of 10 days.

"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 honored that USA Hockey has chosen the Buffalo Sabres and HSBC Arena as the host for the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Tournament," said Tom Golisano, owner of the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres. "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."

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.

Buffalo Sabres season ticket and mini-pack holders will have the first opportunity to purchase ticket packages to the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship and will be notified with details by mail. Other fans should visit 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.

NOTES: Tentative dates for the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship are Dec. 26, 2010 - Jan. 5, 2011 ... The IIHF World Under-20 Championship was founded in 1977 ... USA Hockey conducted site visits with the three finalist cities in September -- Buffalo, N.Y., Grand Forks, N.D. and Minneapolis/St. Paul ... The International Ice Hockey Federation granted USA Hockey the rights to host three IIHF World Championships in May of 2007, including the 2009 IIHF World Men's Under-18 Championship (which will take place April 9-19, 2009, in Fargo, N.D. and Moorhead, Minn.), the 2011 World Under-20 Championship and the 2012 World Women's Championship (at a site to be determined) ... Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey and a member of the IIHF Council, oversees all aspects of international competition for USA Hockey.
I will have more later, the video kept buffering on me so I will have my own personal thoughts later.


Alright I just finished listening to the Q&A session. One thing that stood out for me is the fact Dwyer Arena the home of Niagara University only holds 2,100 fans. That leads me to believe USA and Canada will be in the same grouping. They have been in the same grouping in 2007, and 2009. Now 17 games will be played at HSBC arena, I am assuming that Sweden and Russia will be in the opposite group, but will they play at HSBC or Dwyer? I could see TSN having an influence of making sure that game is at HSBC.

This was truely a team effort on the Buffalo Sabres part. The NHL had no say in the matter which makes sense because I am sure the Minnesota Wild were involved in trying to get the bid to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Region.

TSN has an Canadian Press article up. The fans are certainly happy up North. Niagara University has their own press release up on their athletic website. This is great news for the University as it can be a recruiting tool. I read the arena was remodeled back in 2000, I assume the arena is all set with all bells and whistles. I am sure the coaching staff will use it to their advantage in recruiting.

That's My Take

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