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USA Hockey names host city for 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship

USA Hockey has selected the city of Plymouth, Michigan to be the host of its staging of the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Women’s World Championship in 2017.

The national team tournament has been initially scheduled to take place from April 1-8 at the USA Hockey Arena. The majority of matches will be played on the main rink of the two-sheet facility, with some games being staged on the venue’s secondary sheet.

“When we acquired this building what was in our mind’s eye was that certain IIHF championship events would be perfect in a building of this size, in addition to the fact that we’re at ground zero for a heck of a lot of enthusiastic hockey fans,” Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, said, according to the Detroit News newspaper.

“When we decided to bid for the Women’s World Championship, we knew we just wanted to bring it here. I think we’re going to have a fabulous experience, our decision will be validated and it will definitely not be the last of what you see.”

The most recent edition of the IIHF Women’s World Championship took place last year in the Swedish city of Malmö, with the US national team securing the gold medal after beating Canada 7-5 in the final.

This year’s event will be staged in Kamloops, Canada, from March 28 to April 4, and will feature the US, Canada, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan and the Czech Republic.

The United States has previously hosted the event in Lake Placid, New York, in 1994, followed by Minneapolis in 2001 and Burlington, Vermont, in 2012.