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Team USA to wear Buffalo Bills themed jerseys in outdoor game vs. Canada

by Jourdon LaBarber

6/14/17



BUFFALO, N.Y. – Team USA will wear a commemorative Buffalo Bills themed jersey for its World Junior Championship game against Canada at New Era Field on Dec. 29, which will be the first outdoor game in the tournament’s history.

The jersey was unveiled at a press conference hosted by USA Hockey at KeyBank Center on Wednesday morning. Eight and 12-game ticket packages for the 2018 World Junior Championship and the return of the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game to Buffalo were also announced.

The jersey, which will be worn only at the outdoor game, models itself after Bills’ home uniform with “USA” replacing the Bills’ wordmark above the numbers on the front side and the USA Hockey logo placed above the nameplate on the back.



Preorders for the jersey are available on BuffaloWorldJuniors.com.

"This jersey will be worn just once for a very historic occasion,” Mike Bertsch, assistant executive director of marketing, communications and events for USA Hockey, said in a press release. “We’re obviously excited to host the first-ever outdoor game played in the World Juniors and this jersey will help add to the overall significance and fanfare of the game.”

If you’re interested in attending the game, eight and 12-game ticket packages for the tournament will go on sale at 10 a.m. on June 23. A presale will be offered to USA Hockey members, Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres season ticket holders and My One Buffalo members on June 22.

Full tournament packages are on sale now and can be purchased here.

Expect to see many of the prospects who will be on Team USA’s World Junior team at the All-American Prospects Game at KeyBank Center on June 21. The exhibition, which has been played previously in Buffalo in 2012, 2014 and 2015, features the top 40 American-born prospects eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft.

Jim Johansson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, pointed to Brady Tkachuk (son of former NHL forward Keith Tkachuk), University of Michigan commit Quinn Hughes and Boston University commit Joel Farabee as three of the top names expected to compete at this year’s event.

Past alumni of the event include Seth Jones, Dylan Larkin, Noah Hanifin and Jack Eichel.

“Here’s opportunity for 40 more of the best U.S. prospects to come to Buffalo in September, to play in KeyBank Center, to see what we have here,” Mike Gilbert, vice president of administration for the Sabres, said. “This is just another step in our relationship with USA Hockey in trying to create an area here in Buffalo where, at all levels of hockey, people can come in and be a part of it.”

Hannes Ederer, deputy general secretary for the IIHF, was on hand for the press conference and set another lofty goal to further cement Buffalo’s growing status in international hockey: to break the World Junior attendance record of 453,000, set in Ottawa back in 2009. It’s an achievable goal, he said, in part due to the attendance possibilities for the outdoor game at New Era Field.

It wouldn’t surprise the people at USA Hockey, who, through three previous All-American Prospects Games, a previous World Junior Championship in 2011 and other camps and tournaments have come away impressed with the city of Buffalo time and time again.

“The quality of the people, the quality of the city and the quality of the people that are managing the event really is premium for us,” Bertsch said. “The experiences are one where you want to come back. So yes, there’s a lot to say about the support that we get in this region and it starts with the people that are here.”

Team USA to wear Buffalo Bills themed jerseys in outdoor game vs. Canada

by Jourdon LaBarber

6/14/17



BUFFALO, N.Y. – Team USA will wear a commemorative Buffalo Bills themed jersey for its World Junior Championship game against Canada at New Era Field on Dec. 29, which will be the first outdoor game in the tournament’s history.

The jersey was unveiled at a press conference hosted by USA Hockey at KeyBank Center on Wednesday morning. Eight and 12-game ticket packages for the 2018 World Junior Championship and the return of the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game to Buffalo were also announced.

The jersey, which will be worn only at the outdoor game, models itself after Bills’ home uniform with “USA” replacing the Bills’ wordmark above the numbers on the front side and the USA Hockey logo placed above the nameplate on the back.



Preorders for the jersey are available on BuffaloWorldJuniors.com.

"This jersey will be worn just once for a very historic occasion,” Mike Bertsch, assistant executive director of marketing, communications and events for USA Hockey, said in a press release. “We’re obviously excited to host the first-ever outdoor game played in the World Juniors and this jersey will help add to the overall significance and fanfare of the game.”

If you’re interested in attending the game, eight and 12-game ticket packages for the tournament will go on sale at 10 a.m. on June 23. A presale will be offered to USA Hockey members, Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres season ticket holders and My One Buffalo members on June 22.

Full tournament packages are on sale now and can be purchased here.

Expect to see many of the prospects who will be on Team USA’s World Junior team at the All-American Prospects Game at KeyBank Center on June 21. The exhibition, which has been played previously in Buffalo in 2012, 2014 and 2015, features the top 40 American-born prospects eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft.

Jim Johansson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, pointed to Brady Tkachuk (son of former NHL forward Keith Tkachuk), University of Michigan commit Quinn Hughes and Boston University commit Joel Farabee as three of the top names expected to compete at this year’s event.

Past alumni of the event include Seth Jones, Dylan Larkin, Noah Hanifin and Jack Eichel.

“Here’s opportunity for 40 more of the best U.S. prospects to come to Buffalo in September, to play in KeyBank Center, to see what we have here,” Mike Gilbert, vice president of administration for the Sabres, said. “This is just another step in our relationship with USA Hockey in trying to create an area here in Buffalo where, at all levels of hockey, people can come in and be a part of it.”

Hannes Ederer, deputy general secretary for the IIHF, was on hand for the press conference and set another lofty goal to further cement Buffalo’s growing status in international hockey: to break the World Junior attendance record of 453,000, set in Ottawa back in 2009. It’s an achievable goal, he said, in part due to the attendance possibilities for the outdoor game at New Era Field.

It wouldn’t surprise the people at USA Hockey, who, through three previous All-American Prospects Games, a previous World Junior Championship in 2011 and other camps and tournaments have come away impressed with the city of Buffalo time and time again.

“The quality of the people, the quality of the city and the quality of the people that are managing the event really is premium for us,” Bertsch said. “The experiences are one where you want to come back. So yes, there’s a lot to say about the support that we get in this region and it starts with the people that are here.”