Detroit area home of 2017 women's hockey world championship

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) USA Hockey Arena in suburban Detroit has been chosen to host the 2017 women's hockey world championship.

USA Hockey announced the selection Thursday at a news conference. Eight nations will compete for gold in early April 2017, less than a year before many of the same women will participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

The U.S. will aim for a third consecutive International Ice Hockey Federation world championship in Kamloops, British Columbia, from March 28 to April 4 of this year.

USA Hockey director of women's hockey Reagan Carey says it is the biggest event women participate in outside of the Olympics.