ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The IIHF World Junior Championship is returning to Buffalo in 2018, and it will include an outdoor game for the first time in tournament history.
USA Hockey announced Friday that the 2018 World Juniors will be hosted by the Buffalo Sabres. It's the sixth time the tournament will be held in the United States, but the first time it will be played in the same location in the U.S. twice in a row.
"In the opportunities we have had to host it in the United States, our most successful experience was in Buffalo in 2011," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey.
USA Hockey also announced an outdoor game will be held at Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL's Buffalo Bills. It will be the first game of its kind for the WJC.