Last week, Buffalo was named the host city for the 2018 World Junior Championships, making it the first American city to host this tournament twice. The decision was met with some criticism, since the growth of hockey in the U.S. has created other rabid hockey markets, like the growing markets in the other finalist cities, Pittsburgh and St. Louis.
But Sabres owner Terry Pegula’s efforts in building up HarborCenter, along with the proximity to Canada, made Buffalo the safe pick. Hockey fans in Buffalo have proved they’ll support the event.
The selection also had hockey fans in Buffalo puffing out their chests a bit, wondering if Buffalo was the true American Hockeytown, rather than Detroit.