USA Hockey has narrowed the list of potential candidates to host the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship to three cities.
Still in contention to host the annual holiday tradition are Buffalo, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Grand Forks, N.D.
“The World Under-20 Championship is a spectacular event that we're extremely pleased to be hosting again,” Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, said in a statement. “We had interest in this event from more than 20 different entities across the country. We've narrowed the field to three very worthy finalists and look forward to reaching a decision before the end of the year."
This year’s tournament will take place in Ottawa and the 2010 edition will move to Regina and Saskatoon.
The WJC was last held in the United Stated in 2005 in Grand Forks and Thief River Falls, N.D.
The past four championships have been won by Canada.