Bids to host the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 tournament are due July 31. They will be submitted to USA Hockey, which was awarded the event.
Could Ralph Engelstad Arena be the host?
Here’s my story in today’s paper. The Ralph is going to submit a bid for it.
The positives for USA Hockey: REA knows how to host events like this. It can generate revenue. It can provide an unbelievable facility for the players and fans.
The negative: This event has only been placed in the U.S. once and it was held in Fargo. Sometimes, they like to spread things out. That will be the big question for USA Hockey when evaluating the bid.
The U18s usually occur right after the Frozen Four and would be a great highlight event for hockey fans in the area. A lot of the players in the event will go on to the NHL.
The U.S. also gets to host the 2018 World Juniors. REA will likely submit a bid for that, too, when the time comes.