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Chicago loses 2018 World Junior Championship bid

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Buffalo, Pittsburgh and St. Louis named final three candidates to host tournament.

Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago will not host one of the most prestigious events in hockey in 2018.

USA Hockey announced Tuesday that the three finalists to host the 2018 World Junior Championship are Buffalo, Pittsburgh and St. Louis. In late July, Chicago was among five finalists to host the tournament along with Tampa Bay but both were eliminated.

"It was extremely difficult to get down to three," Mike Bertsch, assistant executive director of marketing, communications and events for USA Hockey, said in a statement. "All five of the cities we were considering mad a compelling case."

USA Hockey will officials will visit the there remaining cities during October and make a final decision on which city will host the tournament by January, according to the release.

Chicago Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz submitted a bid for the tournament that will run from Dec. 26, 2017 to Jan. 5, 2018. The United Center would have played host in conjunction with the $50 million new practice facility near the arena. Chicago will host the NCAA Championships Frozen Four in 2017 at the United Center.

Previous host cities in the U.S. have included Buffalo (2011), Grand Forks, N.D./Thief River Falls, Minn. (2005), Boston (1996), Anchorage, Alaska (1989) and Minneapolis/St. Paul (1982).

The 2016 tournament will be held in Helsinki, Finland, while the 2017 event will take place in Toronto and Montreal.

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