Rocky Wirtz

Report: Hawks Bid To Host 2018 World Junior Championships

On Thursday, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune tweeted that Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz is trying to bring major international hockey events to Chicago.

The World Junior Championship tournament will be in Helsinki in 2016 and split between Montreal and Toronto in 2017. Buffalo was the last city in the United States to host the World Juniors (2011).

Chicago has hosted three Stanley Cup Final series in the last six years, but hasn’t hosted an NHL All-Star Game since 1991.

22 thoughts on “Report: Hawks Bid To Host 2018 World Junior Championships

  1. Good for Rocky to put in the bids. Would be cool to see those tournaments hosted in Chicago. The games would be very well attended IMO.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  2. A wonderful idea, would show Chicago to the international hockey community and to the players. Go Rocky!!

  3. Phoenix err Glendale……Arizona was going to put a bid in until the city terminated the lease agreement. What a trainwreck that is.

    Good for Rocky. I would be interested to know if all the games would be at the UC or if some would go elsewhere.

  4. Love it, Chicago has turned into a great hockey market. The Hawks have built a brand w amazing foundation of fans, marketing and merchamdise. Its the type of tournament i would love to attend if local.

  5. Nice…this would be great. I am definitely planning to make the trek into town for the Frozen Four that we are hosting in a couple years.

  6. Hawks are blessed with a wonderful owner and a great management team. Together they are leaving no stone unturned in transforming the Blackhawks in to the greatest franchise in the NHL. Not too many years ago that statement would have been dismissed as lunacy – and yet today it seems achievable.

    Activities such as this bid – and eventually the hosting of the Junior Tournament and other all world hockey games/tournaments – will just enhance Chicago as the preferred destination for great players from around the world. Certainly there has been no better time to be a Blackhawk fan.

  7. This is, without a doubt, one of the best things that could ever happen to the city and go a long way towards ensuring the future success of the Hawks.
    So many players already want to play here. By hosting the tournament, the Hawks and the city would have a great showcase to show off our beautiful city.

  8. Corrected grammar.

    Today I turned 60. For my B-Day my wife got me a wallet with the Blackhawks Indianhead embroidered on it (looks fantastic). She got it at a yard sale. Now who is foolish enought to sell a wallet like that.

    It seems like yesterday that Lloyd Pettit was our announcer. His signature style was when he would say “a shot and a goal”! Those were simpler days without in depth analysis as compared to today’s analytics. Can hardly believe how long ago that Foley and Talon were the broadcasting team.

    At a young age I learned how much more I knew about hockey than GM Tommy Ivan and old man Arthur Wirtz (Rocky’s grandfather) when they made a trade in 1967 that handed Boston a powerhouse: Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge, and Fred Stanfield. I thought they were great in 1966 and couldn’t understand whey they would trade them away for three ordinary players. Espo won the Art Ross five times and Hodge and Stanfield became elite players. At that time I said it was the worst trade imaginable. The Hawks were on the verge of a dynasty. Wirtz’s son Bill carried on the tradition of incompetence and hired Bob Pulford as GM. Not much talent was drafted during all those years and many signs at the old stadium said “Dump Pully”. As we all know, the franchise turned around the moment Wirtz passed away.

    Am so grateful for the superior new management that has handed us Cup after Cup.

    Hawks now and forever!

  9. It is frequently referred to as one of the worst, if not “the” worst, trade in NHL history. Gilles Marotte was OK for awhile, Pit Martin of course was the centerpiece for us and some guy, a goalie I think, with a hockey name of Norris, that never got into the NHL. There were a lot of good and legendary teams for us throughout that era but what could have been, what should have been, was lost. 99,9% of Blackhawk fans instinctively knew this was a disaster. The rest is history now.

    Fast forward to today and our latest and newest Stanly Cup victory was the geatest and happiest for me. It was an honest, hard and difficult road but was played out brilliantly by everyone.

  10. Nice job Original6, I. 51 remember the Pully years, the WJC would be great to have in big city, no disrespect to buffalo, grand forks or Anchorage in 88, those cities just are not same as Chicago. I went to 1988 event in anchorage , great tourney, modano and roenick for USA , soviets had Burem federov and mogilny , kozig in net for germany, Canada was stacked and both Finns and swedes has stars, great event, needs to. Be in US more often!

  11. Too bad the state of IL, home to one of the original four US NHL teams, doesn’t have an NCAA hockey team. Michigan and Minnesota each have a bunch, Ohio has a few, Wisconsin and Indiana (Notre Dame: Bye Stephen Johns) each have one. UIC used to have one. When I worked there I went to a few games at the new pavilion. They were well-attended and fun. The Blackhawks organization found the location to be very convenient for scouting players. It was long walking distance from the UC. I never did get a good explanation as to why the school killed the program. It was believed to be a cost-cutting move.

  12. My advice: to be awarded the 2018 World Junior tournament Chi should successfully host several IIHF events in each prior year; including a women’s hockey event,
    This was Anchorage’s key to 2 USA Olympic nominations & securing the 1988 WJ event. I was Director of the Anchorage ’88 WJ & hope to be asked to help in Chi in 2018.

  13. Were in Lake Placid every summer for camps. Would really like World Juniors at United Center.

  14. first, I want to thank tab for the best blog re blackhawk hockey: it is a lot of work and a labor of love and don’t think it isn’t appreciated all season long and after: keep up the superb work!

    secondly, I am grateful for rocky wirtz every single day he owns this team: 2010 was a dream come true for one who was too young to remember the joy of ’61, and clear enough to remember the devastating montreal and edmonton dominance of great hawks teams full of fine players and character people too many to mention.

    2013 had 17 seconds I will remember with a smile till I hit the big rink in the sky.

    the improbably run in 2015 after so much team turmoil on and off the ice was a testament to what a great owner can do when he let’s the finest minds in hockey (read scotty and stan bowman), do their thing: remember how we “overpaid” for vermette? I personally thought ben smith should not have been traded, but the great play of #11 thru the cup proved me wrong.

    luck is part of winning: gifts come in strange packages: if kane hadn’t broken his collar bone, we would not have had the cap room for those players and we would very likely not have won the 2015 cup.

    thanks to rocky and in bowmans we trust!

    let’s go for 4 and more!

  15. miningman– that goalie was Jack Norris and I still remember seeing him at the stadium shutting out the Leafs and stopping Mike { Shakey ] Walton on a penalty shot. Did not look anything up but I’m sure he did not win many more.

  16. I was at that game when Mike Walton took the penalty shot vs. Jack Norris and Norris stopped Walton’s shot with his right pad. It was probably the highlight of Norris’ Blackhawk career … there weren’t too many others.

    Walton also played for the Blackhawks toward the tail end of his career; Pulford liked him and thought he could add scoring. Walton had a penalty shot for the Blackhawks in a playoff series – I seem to recall against the Atlanta Flames but could well be mistaken. He was stopped, that I do know.

  17. Thanks Bill and Hof for correcting me on Norris. Geez, Mike Walton, had forgotton about him ….he sure was popular with Leaf fans.

  18. Now its confirmed by EA that the United Center won´t be in NHL 16. Thats a shame! I am one of many who have tried to contact the United Center. I´ve have tried to contact the front office on the website on Chicago

    But all for nothing it seems like, (theres a little chance to convince the United Center to sign on the waiver/paperwork before NHL 16 realease, in september 15).

    Does anyone else here on the message boards know who I can contact on this issue. Because EA can´t do a thing until the paperwork are signed. The United Center keep ignoring these questions on NHL 16 for ever. And the Chicago Blackhawks (and Bulls) that have a partneship with United Center seem to have little to say to on this.

    This is the latest email I sent to the front office of the Chicago Blackhawks.

    To the Front Office

    I want to start by congratulate Jamal Mayers and welcome him to an new adventure in his career with the Chicago Blackhawks.

    But there is a issue that for some reason nobody wants to respond to. WHY the united center won´t allow its name in NHL 16!

    This will continue until someone at the united center company or you as co-partner with the bulls do something about this.

    WE WILL NOT GIVE UP! Untill we get an authentic arena and with all banners in the rafters atmosphere.

    This is a little recap from upset fans:


    Is it in or out this year?


    Is that 100%?

    No United Center why???? Is it is cause of 2k still?

    It seems like United has a problem with EA Sports NHL. If you want to blame someone, blame United.
    EA for sure did everything to bring the Cup champs’ Arena in the game.

    Why no united center that doesnt make sense?

    Copyright…or the United Center disliking of the Hawks…

    I believe T F who was there a month or so ago said it wasn’t in at the time. So that is all we have for an answer right now.

    EA has sent out the waivers to the teams and is still getting them back, so if they sign the waiver the United Center is in the game,
    if not it won’t be

    I started this tweet on Twitter:

    @United @UnitedCenter We want the #Blackhawks arena in #NHL16!

    what is the hold up with united center?

    I know for a few years MSG didnt allow their name to be used (only nba 2k could because their naming contract was for multiple years),
    but Newsday (local paper) had an article that while the Garden renovation was being planned and then was being worked on the naming rights for the Garden
    wouldn’t be lent out until the renovation was finished. Now it is obviously.

    Does the name on the ice matter? YES, and I’d like to know why 28 out of 30 arenas (arizona excluded) are authentic and there are one hold out. I know it’s not on EA’s side, but I’m interested to know. I dont believe I’m the only one, but you seem to be getting annoyed over something that doesn’t appear to even interest you….you seem to poorly pick and choose your battles.

    The name on the ice does concern a lot of people because of two reasons. #1: EA advertised heavily about authentic stadiums yet one are holding out. one of which belongs to the best team in hockey, the Hawks.
    It’s more about EA communicating why they can’t get the UC on board. If you advertise something and can’t deliver, at least explain why. #2: Hardcore hockey fans are obsessed with esthetics.
    People want NHL for PC so they can ad realistic ads, gear, masks, etc. into the game. Everyone cares about gameplay but at least making it esthetically pleasing is a MUCH easier fix than fixing glitch goals and poor AI.

    With all that said, it appears Chelsea Dagger will play when the Hawks score a goal in NHL 16. So if they have that, I assume they should have the authentic goal horn.

    Its also not just the name on the ice but the arena model and visual elements. (even the scoreboard). I’d imagine Blackhawks fans who visit the arena frequently would like to feel like they are playing at THEIR arena as opposed to some fake place.

    A, you may have read it on here 100 times. Doesn’t mean that everything you read on the internet is true. But you probably know this. It’s never been explained by anyone directly from the EA Dev team.
    Random posters on here have stated things like “the 2K series has the rights to the United Center” or “the application wasn’t submitted on time” or something to that nature. Here’s what I heard thru people
    I know in the team’s front office. It came down to United merging with Continental Airlines. The “United Center” was approved but the new United Logo was not. EA wasn’t going to put the words United Center on there without the approved logo I assume. But beyond that, the specifics remain a mystery. And yes, they don’t need to come over to my house to tell me why. But when hundreds,
    if not thousands, of people are messaging the Devs or posting it on the “Ask EA Forum” and they simply ignore the question, then yes, we feel like they are dodging us. In your story, think of 5 people asking you how your day was, etc….
    guess what? Tell one guy that my day is great and everyone else will get the message. The only reason we keep asking is because they keep ignoring the question. If this isn’t an issue to you and you don’t care then why bother complaining about it. I love the Hawks. I’m a season ticket holder. I want my favorite teams stadium in the damn game. You don’t have to get that or like that.
    But face it. The Hawks are a MAJOR market team, an original 6 team, and a 3 time cup champion in 6 years. Even casual fans care about the Hawks being authentic in this game.

    You heard it first from the many fans out there in the world. Come on now, try to persuade the united center to allow EA to use its name and arena likeness in NHL 16 video game. They have already done so for NBA Live 15 video game.

    Here are link on a demo on how it would look on the ice if the united center were in NHL 16:


    MR Rocky Wirtz

    MR John Mcdonough

    Mr Jay Blunk

    make this request come thru to us fans that love hockey and the Chicago Blackhawks!

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