The schedule for the 2010-2011 International Tournament Schedule is now out with the majority of the events that the USA will be taking part in. With just a few exceptions regarding tournament details and cities where a couple of the smaller tournaments will be in.
The USA is hoping to repeat a strong international season what they had in 2009-2010, which included gold medals in both the WJC & U18 World Championships, plus the Olympic Silver Medal in Vancouver.
The only major downfall was the 13th place showing at the Ice Hockey World Championships that they showed in Germany.
A couple of the major events have been known for some time, the USA will be hosting next year's World Junior Championships as the HSBC Arena in Buffalo and Niagara University in Niagara, New York will play host for the World Junior Championships next season.
Slovakia will host the Ice Hockey World Championships in the major cities of Bratislava and Kosice as Slovakia is hosting the IHWC for the first time since the breakup of Czechoslovakia in the early 90s. Slovakia is hoping that some home cooking to can help bring them success like Germany did this year.
Slovakia have missed the Quarterfinals each of the last 3 years, however, they did finish 4th in the Olympics back in Vancouver which has been their best Olympic Showing ever in the era of being an indendpent nation.
Other major events include the World Women's Championships being in Switzerland, Germany will be hosting the U18 World Championships after a successful job hosting the IHWC which just wrapped up over the weekend. Also the 4th edition of the U18 World Women's Championship will be in Sweden.
As for the non IIHF Events, the World Junior A Challenge will be back in BC as the USA looks to win the Jr. A Challenge Title for the 3rd straight year. While the U17 World Challenge will be in Winnipeg, Manitoba as a part of the Canada Winter Games next season.
Here's a look at the Tournament Schedule
2011 IIHF World Championships
Bratislava & Kosice, Slovakia April 29 - May 15 2011
Tournament Teams: Austria, Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, USA
2011 World Women's Championships
Zurich & Winterthru, Switzerland April 15-24 2011
Tournament Teams: USA, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Switzerland
2011 World Junior Championships
Buffalo & Niagara, New York December 26 2010 - January 5 2011
Tournament Teams: USA, Canada, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Norway
2011 World U18 Championships
in Germany (Cities TBD) April 14-24 2011
Tournament Teams: USA, Sweden, Russia, Finland, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Canada, Germany, Norway
2011 World Women's U18 Championship
In Sweden (Cities & Dates TBD)
Tournament Teams: Canada, USA, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Japan, Switzerland, Czech Republic
NON IIHF Events
2010 World Junior A Challenge
Penticton, B.C. November 8-14
Tournament Teams: Canada East, Canada West, USA, European Teams TBD
2011 World U17 Challenge
Winnipeg, Manitoba December 28, 2010 - January 4, 2011
Tournament Teams: Canada Atlantic, Canada Pacific, Canada Ontario, Canada Quebec, Canada West, USA, European Teams TBD
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