ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Blues and USA Hockey will hold a press conference to discuss St. Louis' bid for the 2018 World Junior Championship on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 9:15 a.m. at Scottrade Center.
The event will start at 8 a.m. when all media are invited to a complimentary breakfast with St. Louis city and Team USA officials in the Bud Light Zone at Scottrade Center. After breakfast, the Blues will put on a special Heartland of Hockey ice presentation at 9 a.m., followed immediately by the press conference at 9:15 a.m.
St. Louis Blues President and CEO of Business Operations/Alternate Governor Chris Zimmerman, and President of the St. Louis Sports Commission Frank Viverito will represent St. Louis at the conference table, while Assistant Executive Director of Events, Marketing and Communications Mike Bertsch and Assistant Executive Director of Hockey Operations Jim Johannson will represent USA Hockey.
St. Louis, along with Buffalo and Pittsburgh, was chosen as one of three finalist to host the 2018 World Juniors. The city's bid is being led by the St. Louis Blues, the St. Louis Sports Commission and key individuals, including Zimmerman and Viverito, NHL Hall-of-Famer Brett Hull, U.S. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Keith Tkachuk and Total Hockey founder Michael Benoit.
Should St. Louis be selected as host, Scottrade Center and the St. Charles Family Arena would house the tournament, which will feature 10 nations and many future NHL stars under the age of 20.
St. Louis has a rich hockey tradition that continues to thrive in today's game as 10 St. Louis natives have played or are currently playing in the NHL, including the Blues' Paul Stastny and Chris Butler. St. Louis has hosted a number of marquee hockey events over the last decade, including the 2007 NCAA Frozen Four and the 2011 NCAA Regional Finals at Scottrade Center, while the St. Charles Family Arena will host the upcoming 2017 Women's Frozen Four.