Chicago, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Tampa are finalists to host 2018 World Juniors

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It’s down to five cities.

From a press release:

USA Hockey today named Chicago, Illinois; Buffalo, New York; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; St. Louis, Missouri; and Tampa, Florida, as finalist cities in contention to host the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

USA Hockey says the winning bid will be announced by the end of the year.

The United States has hosted the World Juniors five times, most recently in 2011 when it was in Buffalo. Other previous host cities include Minneapolis (1982), Anchorage (1989), Boston (1996), and Grand Forks (2005).

The 2016 tournament will be staged in Helsinki, with the 2017 edition co-hosted by Montreal and Toronto.

Related: Coyotes withdraw bid for 2018 world juniors