Schumer Wants World Juniors Back in Buffalo

February 16, 2011 Updated Feb 17, 2011 at 2:04 PM EDT

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Schumer Wants World Juniors Back in Buffalo

February 16, 2011 Updated Feb 17, 2011 at 2:04 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW-Release)

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged Executive Director of USA Hockey, Dave Ogrean, to select the City of Buffalo for the 2017 location of the World Junior Hockey Championship in its return to the United States. Coming on the heels of an incredibly successful tournament, Schumer pointed to Buffalo’s successful and profitable hosting of the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship as evidence that Buffalo and Western New York would again serve as successful hosts for USA Hockey and the Championship. Schumer also points out that the return of the World Junior Hockey Championships would be an economic shot in the arm for Western New York.

“When it comes to hockey, the puck stops in Upstate New York,“ Schumer said. “As the World Junior Hockey Championship plans its return to the US in 2017, I urge Mr. Ogrean to choose Buffalo for the tournament. The tournament was great for Western New York, and Western New York was great for the tournament. New York is home to the best fans in the game, and this would be another win-win for USA Hockey and the economy of Western New York.”

From December 17, 2010 to January 5, 2011, the city of Buffalo hosted the highly successful 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships. The 31-game series, played out over 11 days, and generated ticket sales of more than $330,000 — the most for a US host city and second largest in the event's history. The success of the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship tournament proves that Buffalo was an outstanding choice by USA Hockey. In total 331,297 tickets were sold for the tournament, far surpassing the previous record of 193,256 tickets for a World Junior Hockey Championship held in a United States host city. Schumer argues that the success of the 2011 tournament is reason to choose Buffalo for the 2017 World Junior Hockey Championship destination in the return to the United States.

In the letter, Schumer points out that the City of Buffalo’s has all the makings of another record-setting success for the World Junior Hockey Championship. Buffalo’s sense of community, combined with a passion for hockey and excellent tourism infrastructure, make it the ideal host for the 2017 International Hockey Federation Under 20 World Championships. The first-rate facilities and enthusiasm for hockey in Buffalo and across Western New York would provide participants and attendees of the Championships with a memorable experience, while providing a significant boost to tourism and economy of the region.

A copy of Senator Schumer’s letter to Dave Ogrean, Executive Director of USA Hockey appears below:

Dear Mr. Ogrean:

I write today to urge USA Hockey to select Buffalo/Niagara Falls for the honor of hosting the International Ice Hockey Federation World U20 Championships (World Junior Hockey Championships) when this international athletic event returns to the United States in 2017.

The city of Buffalo is proud to have just hosted the highly successful 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships. The 31-game series, played out over 11 days, generated ticket sales of more than $330,000 — the most for a US host city and second largest in the event's history.

The success of the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship tournament proved that Buffalo was an outstanding choice by USA Hockey. In total 331,297 tickets were sold for the tournament, far surpassing the previous record of 193,256 tickets for a World Junior Hockey Championship held in a United States host city. Clearly Buffalo has proven itself as an outstanding host city and hockey destination in the United States.

Located right across the border from Canada, Western New York is imbued with a passion for ice hockey - from its diehard support for the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, to the thriving college and high school programs, to the many youth leagues throughout the region that dedicate so much time and energy to this sport. Western New York has long been a hotbed of hockey enthusiasm, producing scores of first rate players including Buffalo native and first overall 2007 draft pick, Patrick Kane, of the 2010 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

In addition to its enthusiasm for hockey, Buffalo offers a first-rate tourism infrastructure for the young hockey players, their families and fans from around the world. Buffalo is home to a premier NHL ice rink located at the downtown HSBC Arena, which can accommodate nearly 19,000 fans. University and club rinks are located in and around Buffalo and Niagara Falls. The City of Buffalo takes great pride in efficiently running dozens of large-scale events each year at the HSBC arena. Buffalo also offers a variety of hotels, transportation options and top-notch restaurants that hockey fans from all parts of the world will be able to enjoy.

I would be remiss if I did not mention one other aspect of Buffalo: its pride. The City of Buffalo is a place where people are proud to come from, and proud to stay. This pride makes Buffalo one of the most welcoming cities in America. The City of Buffalo’s sense of community pride and warmth, combined with a passion for hockey and excellent tourism infrastructure, make it the ideal host for the 2017 International Hockey Federation Under 20 World Championships. The first-rate facilities and welcoming spirit of the Queen City would provide participants and attendees of the Championships with an experience they will long remember.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Schumer

United States Senator