According to Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks, North Dakota will hold the 2016 U18 World Junior tournament.

The announcement, which, will be held at the Ralph Englestad Arena in Grand Forks, is set to place on Friday. This won’t be the first time North Dakota has hosted the tournament, as Americans were treated to a gold medal in Fargo.

USA has proved to be the strongest team in the tournament since its inagural event back in 1999. Since then, the country has managed to win 12 medals, the most of any team. Of the 12, the Americans have won eight gold’s, with five coming in the past six years alone.

The 2016 tournament allows players born in 1998 or later to participate. As it stands, it’s likely that many of the U17 USA Hockey club will fill up the roster spots, with names such as Max Jones, Chad Krys and Clayton Keller leading the squad at the U17 tournament this year.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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