COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey is accepting proposals from interested parties to organize and host the 2024 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship.
“We don’t have the chance to host world championships on U.S. soil very often and we’re excited about welcoming the best athletes in the world to our country,” says Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “We look forward to discussing this unique opportunity with interested groups.”
USA Hockey’s site selection committee will evaluate proposals from all interested parties and ultimately forward a final host site to the IIHF for approval. The 10-team championship will take place over a minimum 12-day period in either March or April of 2024.
To ensure the championship is organized and operated according to IIHF requirements, USA Hockey has produced a set of guidelines to be followed by those parties interested in bidding. Bid submissions are due to USA Hockey no later than Jan. 20, 2023.
The site selection committee will include leadership from USA Hockey, including Kelleher; Dwayne Dillinger, vice president and international council chair; Tony Driscoll, assistant executive director of marketing, communications & events; John Vanbiesbrouck, assistant executive director of hockey operations; Katie Million, director of women’s national team programs; and Madison Brown, director of events, who will also serve as the primary contact. Brown can be contacted at 719-538-1167 or MadisonB@usahockey.org.
The most recent IIHF Women’s World Championship hosted in the U.S. was in 2017 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich. In a thrilling end to the Championship, Team USA defeated Canada in overtime to win the gold medal. Other U.S. cities to host the event include
Burlington, Vt. (2012); Minneapolis (2001); and Lake Placid, N.Y. (1994). Since the first IIHF Women’s World Championship in 1990, the U.S. has played in every gold medal game staged and has won five of the last seven tournaments.