The World Junior Hockey Championship, is about as big as it gets in Canada. The tournament has consistently delivered the goods, giving fans a glimpse into the future of the sport. The cup's governing body, International Ice Hockey Federation, has brought games to various cities around the world, but it's had a similar theme each year - each match has taken place indoors. That seems pretty standard for the casual fan, but take into consideration that the premier hockey league, the NHL, has really embraced outdoors games to fullest. Like, a lot. The NHL has hosted numerous outdoor events, which aside from the odd alum game, have had real points on the line. Take for instance the Winter and Heritage classics, both of which have been a big enough success, that even HBO cameras followed its teams around.
Now, it seems that the WJC looks to continue the trend, by hosting the traditional and already intense, Canada vs USA game. The two hockey nations face off every year, with the winner moving up the tournament table. Now, there's the added challenge of competing outdoors. On December 27, 2017, the young guns from America and Canada will play under the sky in New Era Stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills. The remainder of the games will occur in KeyBank Centre.
Fans will have to wait for the unique arena action, as there won't be any outdoor extravaganzas this year. The latest round of matches takes over both the ACC and Bell Centre, in Toronto and Montreal respectively. You can get your tickets to those games here.