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Morning Bag Skate: Chicago a finalist to host 2018 World Junior Championships

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world.

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Chicago is among five finalists to host the 2018 World Junior Championship, along with Buffalo, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Tampa, USA Hockey announced Tuesday.

Here's the latest news:

HAWKS - 2014-15 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS

**USA Hockey names Chicago among 5 finalists to host 2018 WJC (SCH)

**Brad Richards' son had the best breakfast with the Stanley Cup (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Logjam on the Predators' bottom six (On The Forecheck)

**WHL Portland signs Predators' prospect Jack Dougherty (WHL)

*Wild's Matt Dumba asked Len Boogaard's family permission to wear No. 24 (Pro Hockey Talk)

**Shot Differential: A recipe for success (Hockey Wilderness)

NHL

**Mental game inside concussions, NHL (Pension Plan Puppets)

**Where are all the female (hockey) coaches? (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**Flyers sign Sean Couturier to 6-year, $26 million extension (Broad Street Hockey)

**Brooks Orpik undergoes wrist surgery, should be ready for season opener (Pro Hockey Talk)

**Penguins sign Eric Fehr, trade Brandon Sutter to Vancouver (Pensburgh)

**Penguins roster, cap situation after Sutter trade (Pensburgh)

**Report: Mike Hoffman seeks $3.4 million, against Senators' request of $1.75 million (Silver Seven)

**How much is Mike Hoffman worth? (Silver Seven)

**Maple Leafs sign Mitch Marner to entry-level contract (Pro Hockey Talk)

**Canucks ink Sven Baertschi to one-year, one-way deal worth $900,000 (Pro Hockey Talk)

**Report: Islanders Lubomir Visnovsky considering European options (Pro Hockey Talk)

HOCKEY WORLD

**UHSL Chicago Steel announces Dan Lehv as president (Steel)

**Randy Cunneyworth named Sabres' AHL coach (Die By The Blade)

**OHL Owen Sound Attack announce hiring of Ryan McGill, assistant Derek King (Attack)

**Video: OHL Flint Firebirds arena renovations (Firebirds)

**NHL journeyman David Steckel signs with Nurnberg Ice Tigers in Germany (Pro Hockey Talk)