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BOB SUTER'S CAPITOL ICE ARENA AND LABAHN ARENA TO SERVE AS HOST VENUES FOR 2022 IIHF U18 WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, JUNE 6-13

By Madison Capitols, 03/21/22, 1:30PM CDT

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey, in partnership with the Madison Area Sports Commission, University of Wisconsin athletic department and Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena, announced today that it will stage the 2022 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship in Madison, Wis., from June 6-13.

The event was originally set to be played in Sweden in January, but was cancelled by the IIHF due to COVID-19.

"We are excited to be a part of this great tournament that showcases the best girls hockey players in the world," Madison Capitols owner Ryan Suter said. "To have this event in our home city is a great opportunity for young girls in the Madison area to come and watch hockey. International hockey has been a big part of my family‘s history. When my dad built the rink in Middleton, his vision was to grow youth hockey in the area and he did that. We have one of the most successful girls AAA programs in the country with the Madison Capitols and we are very proud of that! We look forward to hosting the 2022 Under-18 Women’s World Championships."

The Madison Capitols AAA program is home to four Spring/Summer girls teams and three Winter teams. Additionally, Gold Medal Performance, the Capitols training facility, houses multiple girls training programs. With over 70 AAA girls around the program, this event will be a great opportunity for them to see the worlds top U18 competitors in action.

Since the inception of the tournament in 2008, the event has only been played on U.S. soil twice. This will mark just third time the U.S. has played host.

The tournament will be split into two groups. Group A, consisting of the United States, Canada, Finland and Sweden, will play their preliminary round games at LeBahn Arena. While Group B, which features Czechia, Switzerland, Germany and Slovakia, will play its preliminary round games at Bob Suter's Capitol Ice Arena. The medal round, including bronze and gold-medal games, will be staged at LaBahn.

Ticket information and the final tournament schedule will be released in the near future.

NOTES: Fans can follow Team USA’s journey in the 2022 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship here … The official tournament online home can be accessed here … The U.S. enters the 2022 tournament as the defending gold-medalist.