'Hockeytown' Hosts the World Juniors Again

If you haven't already heard, the Buffalo Sabres have announced they are hosting the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, bringing young talent from all around the world to the greater Buffalo area.  What sweetened the deal for many fans this time around is the prospect of hosting one of the games at Ralph Wilson Stadium (most likely a Canada-USA rivalry game), an event never before seen for the Juniors. What most don't know, and what is mentioned in the article by NHL.com above, is that we beat out multiple larger markets to host the tournament again such as Chicago, St. Louis and Pittsburgh.  

In that same breath of time, a circulating Sports Illustrated article graciously cited Buffalo as the new Hockeytown in America.  Muir notes that through all of the efforts from the Pegula's to bring many hockey events to our city such as the Juniors, in addition to U-18 women's event last season and most recently the NHL draft combine where we were able to see Jack Eichel at work before putting on the blue and gold. 

Word is that Pegula is already going to bid for the 2018 Winter Classic to celebrate 10 years after the first in 2008, also hosted by the Sabres and played at the Ralph. No matter what happens, Buffalo is being noticed by the hockey world and with the Pegula's at the helm we will maintain are newly deemed Hockeytown status.




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