2016 Women’s World Championship Schedule Released

The schedule for the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship was today announced in the host city of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, with the tournament kicking off with a rematch of last year’s final (and every Gold Medal Game in tournament history), between the bitter rivals Canada and the United States.

Canada and Team USA, making up one half of Group A (along with Russia and Finland), will play all group matches at the Sandman Centre, while Group B (made up of Sweden, Switzerland, Japan and newly-promoted Czechia) will play out of the McArthur Island Sport And Event Centre. As with last year, the top two Group A teams automatically earn Semifinal berths, while the bottom two Group A and top two Group B teams meet in the Quarterfinals. The bottom two Group B teams meet in a best-of-three relegation series, with the loser playing in Division IA in 2017.

The tournament schedule is as follows:

GROUP A – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GROUP B – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟย ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Monday, 28 March
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ FIN vs. RUS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA vs. CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ SUI vs. JPN ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช SWE vs. CZE ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Tuesday, 29 March
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA vs. FIN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN vs. RUS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ CZE vs. SUI ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช SWE vs.ย JPN ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต
Thursday, 31 March
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RUS vs. USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN vs. FINย ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ CZE vs. JPN ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช SWE vs.ย SUI ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Friday, 01 April
Quarterfinal: A4 vs. B1
Quarterfinal: B2 vs. A3
Relegation Game #1
Sunday, 03 April
Semifinal #1
Semifinal #2
Relegation Game #2
Monday, 04 April
Goldย Medal Game
Bronze Medal Game
Relegation Game #3 (if necessary)

The United States are incumbent World and IHLC champions, but will need to first leave Sweden this November at the Four Nations Cup to have any hope of defending the IHLC in Kamloops. Will they be able to hold on, or will Canada wrench the title away at the Four Nations Cup to enter the tournament on home ice with the title? We shall see this fall what is in store for next March in beautiful British Columbia!

Photo Credit: Canadian Curling Associationย – IIHFHHOFIOC



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