The Burlington Free Press is reporting that Burlington, Vt., will host the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championship.
USA Hockey sent out a media advisory on Monday stating “A major announcement from USA Hockey regarding an upcoming international event” is to be made at the Burlington-based University of Vermont on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
Speakers at the presser include Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey; Angela Ruggiero, four-time U.S. Olympian; Vermont Gov. Pete Shulmin; Daniel Mark Fogel, University of Vermont president; and University of Vermont AD Robert Corran.
Also part of the report from the Free Press:
Preliminary plans obtained by the Burlington Free Press call for games to be played at UVM’s Gutterson’s Field House, with Cairns Arena in South Burlington as a secondary site. Several South Burlington hotels will serve as hosts because of their close proximity to both skating arenas.
This will be just the third time in the 20-year history of the World Women’s Championship that it will be hosted on U.S. soil. It was previously held in Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1994 and Minnesota (Blaine, Fridley, St. Cloud, Minneapolis, Plymouth and Rochester).
According to the Free Press:
Burlington was one of five finalists for the 2012 women’s championships. The others were Rochester, N.Y., Hartford, Conn., Minneapolis, Minn. and Kalamazoo, Mich.
I’ll have more info after the press conference, including quotes from the attendees. So check back later Wednesday afternoon.