The city of Chicago has become used to hosting Stanley Cup Final games over the years, but in 2018, they could be playing host to an even bigger tournament as they’ve been named as a finalist for the World Junior Championships.
The bid, which has been spearheaded by Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz, would bring the tournament to the city for the first time in history. The event was last held in the United States in 2011, when Buffalo and Niagara served as host cities.
St. Louis, Buffalo, Tampa, and Pittsburgh were also named finalists by USA Hockey.
The World Junior Championships are put on by the International Ice Hockey Federation, and take place in late December. The 2018 tournament will take place from December 27, 2017 through January 5, 2018. According to the Chicago Tribune, the tournament would be hosted at the United Center and at a new practice facility that the Blackhawks plan to construct near the building.
In the 2015 tournament, held in Toronto, Canada took home the gold medal with a 5-4 victory over Russia. Slovakia won the bronze medal, while the United States was eliminated thanks to a quarterfinal loss to the Russians.