COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey was selected to host the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s U18 Championship by the IIHF Council today in Bern, Switzerland.
The tentative dates for the championship are March 27-April 3. The event, which was first staged in 2008, includes eight teams. The U.S. has won the gold medal at the first two championships.
“We’re thrilled to be able to host another World Championship,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “It will be exciting for our team to be able to defend its gold medal on home ice. We look forward to welcoming the participating nations.”
USA Hockey is coming off hosting the highly successful 2009 IIHF World Men's U18 Championship in Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn., less than a month ago. The U.S. captured the gold medal in the event by beating Russia, 5-0, in the title game.
“We’ve had nothing but positive reviews of the tournament in Fargo-Moorhead and that’s a credit to our staff, the local organizing committee and the hundreds of volunteers that helped put on the event,” said Ogrean.
USA Hockey will announce a host for the 2010 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship in the coming months.