Pittsburgh was named one of five finalists to host hockey’s 2018 World Junior Championship, it was announced today by USA Hockey.
USA Hockey expects to narrow the field in 60 days and select the host by the end of the year.
Other finalists are Buffalo, Chicago, St. Louis and Tampa. The event is overseen by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).
“We are excited and honored that Pittsburgh has been named a finalist to host the 2018 World Junior Championship,” said Tom McMillan, the Penguins’ vice president of communications. “Our city is ready. Our fans are ready. We especially want to thank Mayor Peduto, County Executive Fitzgerald and VisitPittsburgh for their enthusiastic support of our bid to bring this phenomenal international hockey event to Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. We look forward to working with USA Hockey on the next steps in this exciting process.”
The IIHF has staged the World Junior Championship since 1977. The U.S. has hosted the tournament on five previous occasions – 2011 in Buffalo; 2005 in Grand Forks, North Dakota and Thief River Falls, Minnesota; 1996 in Boston; 1989 in Anchorage, Alaska; and 1982 in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
The event features 10 teams and the world’s top hockey players under the age of 20. It is held in late December and early January of each year with international television coverage – including NHL Network.