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BUFFALO NAMED FINALIST FOR 2011 WORLD JUNIORS

Thursday, 08.21.2008 / 9:34 AM / All News
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BUFFALO NAMED FINALIST FOR 2011 WORLD JUNIORS
USA Hockey announced today that it has narrowed the list of potential sites to host the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Under-20 Championship to (alphabetical order): Buffalo, N.Y., Grand Forks, N.D., and Minneapolis - Saint Paul.

“The World Under-20 Championship is a spectacular event that we're extremely pleased to be hosting again,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “We had interest in this event from more than 20 different entities across the country. We've narrowed the field to three very worthy finalists and look forward to reaching a decision before the end of the year."

The 2011 IIHF World Under-20 Championship (otherwise known as the IIHF World Junior Championship) is a 10-nation tournament featuring the top men's ice hockey players in the world under the age of 20.

"It will be a real treat for sports fans in our country to have the World Junior Championship back in the United States," said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. "It's a very special event with an extremely high level of talent."

"The last time we hosted the World Junior Championship back in 2005, fans got to see players like Phil Kessel, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin to name just a few," said Jim Johannson, a two-time Olympian who serves as USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations. "The bottom line for hockey fans is, outside of the Olympics, the World Junior Championship is probably the best international tournament they'll ever get to witness."

The United States has hosted the event four previous times, including in Grand Forks, N.D./Thief River Falls, Minn. (2005); Boston (1996), Anchorage, Alaska (1989) and Minneapolis/St. Paul (1982).

NOTES: The IIHF World Under-20 Championship was founded in 1977 ... USA Hockey will conduct site visits with each of the three finalists in September ... The International Ice Hockey Federation granted USA Hockey the rights to host three IIHF World Championships in May of 2007, including the 2009 IIHF World Men's Under-18 Championship (which will take place April 9-19, 2009, in Fargo, N.D. and Moorhead, Minn.), the 2011 World Under-20 Championship and the 2012 World Women's Championship ... Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey and a member of the IIHF Council, oversees all aspects of international competition for USA Hockey.

World Junior Hockey Championships – Fact Sheet

  •  2011 event to take place December 26th, 2010 through January 6th, 2011.
  • 10 countries send their best age 20 and under hockey players to this event.
  • Event was held in Czech Republic in 2008 and will be held in Ottawa (2009) and Saskatoon (2010).
  • Many of the players are recent or soon to be NHL Draft Picks.
  • Games to be played at HSBC Arena and Dwyer Arena at Niagara University.
  • 31 total games will be played over the 12-day period. 
  • Medal games to be played at HSBC Arena.
  • 3,200 room nights at local hotels.
  • Estimated attendance over the 12 days of competition at both venues  (300,000).
  • Estimated economic impact = $6 million dollars.
  • Played every year and are sanctioned by the Internation Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).
Buffalo Sabres that have competed in World Jr. Championships:
  • Maxim Afinogenov (Russia) – ’98 & ‘99
  • Tyler Bouck (Canada) – ’99 & ‘00
  • Chris Butler (USA) – ‘06
  • Tim Connolly (USA) – ‘99
  • Jhonas Enroth (Sweden) – ‘07 & ‘08
  • Nathan Gerbe (USA) – ’06 & ‘07
  • Philip Gogulla (Germany) – ‘07
  • Clarke MacArthur (Canada) – ‘05
  • Adam Mair (Canada) – ’99
  • Nathan Paetsch (Canada) – ’02 & ‘03
  • Dan Paille (Canada) – ’03 & ‘04
  • Derek Roy (Canada) – ‘03
  • Felix Schutz (Germany) – ‘07
  • Andrej Sekera (Slovakia) – ‘06
  • Drew Stafford (USA) – ’04 & ‘05
  • Thomas Vanek (Austria) – ‘04
  • Marek Zagrapan (Czech Republic) – ’05 & ‘06

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82