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Buffalo Sabres; HARBORCENTER to Host Two World Championships in Five Month Span

May 29th, 2014 at 3:56 PM
By Mike Matisz

USA Hockey was in Buffalo to announce that the soon-to-be completed HARBORCENTER as well as First Niagara Center will play host to two world championship tournaments in 2015.

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Starting in January, eight teams will compete in the 8th annual IIHF U-18 Women's World Championship. Then, a mere four months later, the International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship will bring the top eight teams to compete for the championships. 

“We’re extremely pleased to bring these two world championships to HARBORCENTER,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “The athletes and fans will be treated to a state-of-the-art facility in an area where hockey is an everyday passion. Between the HARBORCENTER and Sabres staff, the local community and our terrific New York affiliate, we have an infrastructure in place that will ensure an outstanding experience for everyone involved.”

HARBORCENTER will be the first hockey venue in the world to host two world championships in the same year. 

“To have the opportunity to host two world championships in the span of four months is terrific not only for HARBORCENTER, but also our community,” said John Koelmel, president of HARBORCENTER. “We’re proud of the confidence USA Hockey has in us and we look forward to welcoming athletes and fans from across the world.”

The HARBORCENTER project will be open and ready for  competition in October. 

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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