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USA Hockey Will Stage 2025 IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship In Texas

By USA Hockey, 05/31/24, 4:45PM EDT


Event Set for April 23-May 3, 2025, in Frisco and Allen, Texas

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today, that in conjunction with the NHL’s Dallas Stars, it will host the 2025 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship in Frisco and Allen, Texas, from April 23-May 3, 2025. The 10-nation tournament, which features the best men’s players in the world under the age of 18, began in 1999 and will be played on U.S. soil for just the fourth time.

“We’re excited to host this world-class event and showcase the future stars of the NHL in greater Dallas-Fort Worth,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “We appreciate the partnership of the Dallas Stars and know that teams and fans will enjoy not only outstanding facilities, but also the renowned Texas hospitality.”

“We are proud to be able to host next year’s U18 World Championship,” said Brad Alberts, president and CEO of the Dallas Stars. “We demonstrated our ability to host a world-class event under some extremely difficult circumstances during COVID and are grateful to be able to host once again with our great Texas hockey fans in attendance.”


The tournament, which consists of 29 total games, will be staged at the Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas, and the Credit Union of Texas Event Center in Allen, Texas.

Comerica Center will play host for Group B preliminary round play, which will include the U.S., Sweden, Czechia, Switzerland and Germany. The facility will also host two quarterfinal games, both semifinal contests, and the bronze and gold-medal games.

Group A preliminary round play, which will include Canada, Slovakia, Finland, Latvia and Norway, will staged at the Credit Union of Texas Event Center, which will also host two quarterfinal contests.

The venues are approximately 20 minutes apart.

Additional details, including the tournament schedule as well as ticket information, will be released in the weeks ahead.

“We hosted this event in greater Dallas-Fort Worth in 2021 with some COVID restrictions in place and we look forward to returning with all of that behind us,” said Tony Driscoll, assistant executive director of marketing, events and communications for USA Hockey. “Fans will enjoy the great talent they’ll see on the ice and we look forward to sharing additional details in the coming months.”


The United States has medaled in the IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship in 18 of the last 19 tournaments. Team USA has 20 medals all-time, the most of any country, including a record 11 gold medals.


The IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship has been held in the United States on three previous occasions – 2009 in Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota; 2016 in Grand Forks, North Dakota; and 2021 in Frisco and Plano, Texas.

Previous Hosts of IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship

1999 – Fussen & Kaufbeuren, Germany
2000 – Kloten & Weinfelden, Switzerland
2001 – Heinola, Helsinki and Lahti, Finland
2002 – Trnava & Piestany, Slovakia
2003 – Yaroslavl, Russia
2004 – Minsk, Belarus
2005 – Ceske Budejovice & Plzen, Czech Republic
2006 – Angelholm & Halmstad, Sweden
2007 – Tampere & Rauma, Finland
2008 – Kazan, Russia
2009 – Fargo, North Dakota & Moorhead, Minnesota, USA
2010 – Minsk & Babruysk, Belarus
2011 – Crimmitschau & Dresden, Germany
2012 – Brno, Znojmo & Breclav, Czech Republic
2013 – Sochi, Russia
2014 – Lappeenranta & Imatra, Finland
2015 – Zug & Lucerne, Switzerland
2016 – Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA
2017 – Poprad & Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia
2018 – Chelyabinski & Magnitogorsk, Russia
2019 – Ornskoldsvik &  Umea, Sweden
2020 – Tournament not held due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 – Frisco & Plano, Texas, USA
2022 – Landshut & Kaufbeuren, Germany
2023 – Basel and Porrentruy, Switzerland
2024 – Espoo & Vantaa, Finland

NOTES: The biggest stars in the NHL today have played in the IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship, including the likes of U.S. stars Auston Matthews, Jake Oettinger, Jack Hughes, Quinn Hughes, Adam Fox, J.T. Miller, Matthew Tkachuk and Brady Tkachuk to name a few … James Hagens of Team USA was named the MVP of the 2024 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship and broke Nikita Kucherov’s record for most points in a single tournament as he recorded 22 total, including nine goals and 13 assists, over the course of seven games. The U.S. finished with the silver medal. Canada will enter the 2025 tournament as defending gold medalist.

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