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USA Hockey expected to select 2018 WJC site Friday

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USA Hockey will hold a press conference Friday (3 p.m. ET; NHLN) at the 18-yard-line of Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills football team, where it is expected to announce the city of Buffalo as the host of the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula and president Russ Brandon are scheduled to be at the event.

USA Hockey previously had announced Buffalo, St. Louis and Pittsburgh as finalists to host the event.

Blues CEO and president of business operations Chris Zimmerman on Thursday released a statement on the Blues website thanking those who helped try to bring the World Juniors to St. Louis.

"On behalf of the St. Louis Blues and in conjunction with the St. Louis Sports Commission, I would like to personally thank everyone involved in our bid to host the 2018 World Junior Championships in St. Louis," he said. "Although we have fallen short in our goal to bring this world class event to the Heartland of Hockey, we have succeeded in creating a lasting and profoundly positive impression with USA Hockey that will reap rewards in the future.

"We are immensely proud of the teamwork, talent and passion that was displayed in this effort by the staff of the St. Louis Blues, the staff of the St. Louis Sports Commission, our local hospitality and corporate partners as well as our civic leaders and friends."

It would be the second time this decade Buffalo has been a WJC host; in 2011 Russia beat Canada to win the gold medal at First Niagara Center.

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