2015 World Championship Groups Announced

O2 Arena, Prague - Steve Coleman
Some more details on the 2015 Worlds in Prague and Ostrava have been released – the all-important groupings! The teams break down as follows (current IIHF rankings in parentheses):

GROUP A
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden (1)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada (4)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia (5)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland (7)
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia (9)
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France (12)
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany (13)
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡นย Austria (16)
GROUP B
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland (2)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RUSSIA (3)
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States (6)
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐย Slovakia (8)
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway (10)
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus (11)
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Sloveniaย (14)
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark (15)

Current champions Russia will begin their defence (assuming they are still champions) at the start of May in Ostrava – considering they took the IHLCย from Finland to win Gold at the 2014 Worlds, what would be more fitting than a rematch to kick off the 2015 Championship against the Leijonat!

But can they hold on to their title for the entire tournament? After six failed tries, canย Slovenia push through in Group B and win their first ever IHLC game? Who will be promoted, who will be relegated, and most importantly, who will leave Prague with the gold and theย International Hockey Lineal Championship?

Photo Credit: Steve Coleman

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