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Tampa puts in bid to host World Junior hockey event

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Where in the world would you hold a hockey tournament.

Well, how about Tampa?

The Tampa Sports Commission has officially submitted a bid to host the 2018 World Junior hockey tournament at Amalie Arena. The Germain Arena in Estero, Fla., would be the second site.

Tampa Bay has had its share of hosting big hockey events, including this year’s Stanley Cup, the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals and the the 2004 Stanley Cup. The city hosted the Frozen Four in 2012 and will do so again in 2016. One of the more interesting hockey sights of the year was 17,000 fans crammed inside of Amalie Arena to watch Game Six this year, even though the game was being held in Chicago.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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