2018 Men’s Olympic Hockey Schedule Released

The IIHF today released the schedule for the men’s tournament at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, with the tournament beginning on Wednesday, 14 February, while both hosts Korea and defending champions Canada begin the tournament the following day.

The tournament will follow a different format from Sochi, being condensed to a five day preliminary round (rather than six), and expanding to four games per day, with the exception of opening day. The tournament begins with Russia vs. Slovakia and the United States vs. Slovenia from Group B, then Group C in the 15 February early games, before hosts Korea take on Czechia at the same time as Canada opening their Gold Medal defence against Switzerland, hoping to be the first team with three straight golds since 1992, and their fourth in five Olympiad.

Of course, the tournament dynamic will be much different, as for the first time since 1994 NHL players will not be present at the tournament, due to a controversial fight between the NHL, IOC and IIHF earlier in the year. While European teams like Russia, Sweden or Finland have an obvious advantage due to their professionals available to them from European leagues, Canada and the United States are poised to play spoiler with a blend of pro players in Europe and amateurs, and previously less dominant nations like Switzerland or Germany could surprise as well.

UPDATE (5 Dec.): As a result of Russia’s ban from the 2018 Olympics, approved athletes will be able to participate under the Olympic Flag as the “Olympic Athletes From Russia” team; the schedule below has been adjusted to reflect this change.

The tournament schedule is as follows:

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท Korea
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ O.A.F. Russia
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden

Wednesday, 14 February
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Olympic Athletes From Russia vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Sloveniaย vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Thursday, 15 February
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finlandย vs. Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norwayย vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechiaย vs. Korea ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canadaย vs.ย Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ

Friday, 16 February
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakiaย vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Olympic Athletes From Russia vs. Slovenia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finlandย vs. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germanyย vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช

Saturday, 17 February
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canadaย vs. Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท Koreaย vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Olympic Athletes From Russia vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakiaย vs. Slovenia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ

Sunday, 18 February
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germanyย vs. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canadaย vs. Korea ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finlandย vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช

Tuesday, 20 February
Qualifier – 5D vs. 12D
Qualifier – 6D vs. 11D
Qualifier – 7D vs. 10D
Qualifier – 8D vs. 9D

Wednesday, 21 February
Quarterfinal – 1D vs. E4
Quarterfinal – 2D vs. E3
Quarterfinal – 3D vs. E2
Quarterfinal – 4D vs. E1

Friday, 23 February
Semifinal – F1 vs. F4
Semifinal – F2 vs. F3

Saturday, 24 February
Bronze Medal Game

Sunday, 25 February
Gold Medal Game

The IHLC champion prior to the tournament will likely be determined by the end of December’s Channel One Cup in Russia, as defending champions Sweden will start the season on the Euro Hockey Tour circuit. However, this year’s EHT will differ from past years as both November’s Karjala Tournament and the Channel One Cup will feature fields of six teams, with Canada being invited to both tournaments, while Switzerland and Korea will play in each tournament once, respectively. There are many possibilities for where the IHLC will end up, but it is pretty certain the title will make its way through PyeongChang come February!

Photo Credit:ย Sochi 2014ย – IIHFHHOFIOC



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