Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis in running for 2018 World Juniors

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Sorry, Chicago and Tampa.

USA Hockey announced today that it has narrowed the list of cities vying to host the 2018 World Juniors from five to three — Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis.

“We look forward to this next step in our selection process,” said USA Hockey’s Mike Bertsch. “It was extremely difficult to get down to three. All five of the cities we were considering made a compelling case.”

The winning bid is expected to 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.