If there is a hockey market that might find the elusive successful formula in the United States for the World Junior championships, it very well may be today's successful candidate, Buffalo, New York.
The Northwestern New York State city was named the host city for the 2011 World Juniors, a move that will no doubt prove successful if for no other reason than geography.
While on its own a hotbed of hockey in the Northern USA, Buffalo's proximity to the Canadian border and all of southern Ontario should more than guarantee that the HSBC Centre will have little in the way of trouble in selling tickets when Buffalo's turn rolls around.
The tournament will run from December 26, 2010 to January 6, 2011 and will take place at Niagara University as well as the HSBC Centre.
Buffalo came out on top of the selection committee's list, providing the best bid compared to
Grand Forks and Minneapolis-St. Paul who both have hosted the tournament in the past, by selecting Buffalo the IIHF will be rewarding another of the sections of the US that live and breathe the game and it will provide Buffalo residents with the chance to showcase their city and their hockey knowledge in one of the more impressive of hockey tournaments on the International schedule.
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