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Senator Clinton Backs Buffalo In Bid to Host 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-20 World Championships

In a letter sent to David Ogrean, the Executive Director of USA Hockey, Inc., Senator Clinton enthusiastically supported our fair Buffalo as a potential candidate for hosting the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Under-20 World Championships.
Senator Clinton highlighted Buffalo’s charm with shout-outs to Shea’s, the Zoo, nightlife, the Albright-Knox, Niagara Falls, and many more. Adding to Buffalo’s credentials, Senator Clinton did not fail to mention the great success the city has had in hosting other large-scale events. Events such as the recent Winter Classic, along with the NCAA basketball tournament, New York’s Empire State Games, The World University Games, the NCAA Frozen Four, and the National Hockey League Entry Draft.
In her letter, Senator Clinton states, “Given its location, amenities, and enthusiastic hockey fans, I believe Buffalo, New York is the ideal location for the 2011 IIHF Under 20 World Championships.”
Bidding for this opportunity is due with USA Hockey, Inc. in early August. The results are set to be announced sometime in late December. The last time this tournament was held in the US was when Grand Forks, N.D. and Thief River Falls Mn. hosted the event in 2005. Before then the two week tournament had only been brought to the US three other times. Boston, Ma. hosted the event in 1996, before then it was held in Anchorage Ak in 1989, and then Minneapolis and St. Paul Mn. in 1982. The tournament commenced in 1977 meaning that the Championships being held in the US in 2011 will the fifth time in 34 years that this event is hosted on American soil, and what better host than the All American City of Buffalo?

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