2019 World Championship Schedule Released


The IIHF has released the full schedule for the 2019 World Championship in Bratislava and Košice, Slovakia, with defending champions Sweden opening the tournament against the Czechs, while hosts Slovakia open the tournament against the United States.

With the IHLC currently on the Euro Hockey Tour, it will at the very least be carried up to the Euro Hockey Challenge, where the title could theoretically go to any contending nation heading into Slovakia, including even Canada or the U.S. in pre-tournament exhibition games. Last year’s tournament saw France carry the title straight from the Euro Hockey Challenge into the Worlds, dropping the title in their opener to Russia.

The tournament schedule is as follows:

GROUP A (Košice)
🇨🇦 🇩🇰 🇫🇮 🇫🇷 🇩🇪 🇬🇧 🇸🇰 🇺🇸
GROUP B (Bratislava)
🇦🇹 🇨🇿 🇮🇹 🇱🇻 🇳🇴 🇷🇺 🇨🇭 🇸🇪
Friday, May 10
🇨🇦 Canada vs. Finland 🇫🇮
🇸🇰 Slovakia vs. United States 🇺🇸
🇳🇴 Norway vs. Russia 🇷🇺
🇨🇿 Czechia vs. Sweden 🇸🇪
Saturday, May 11
🇩🇰 Denmark vs. France 🇫🇷
🇩🇪 Germany vs. Great Britain 🇬🇧
🇫🇮 Finland vs. Slovakia 🇸🇰
🇮🇹 Italy vs. Switzerland 🇨🇭
🇦🇹 Austria vs. Latvia 🇱🇻
🇨🇿 Czechia vs. Norway 🇳🇴
Sunday, May 12
🇫🇷 France vs. United States 🇺🇸
🇩🇰 Denmark vs. Germany 🇩🇪
🇨🇦 Canada vs. Great Britain 🇬🇧
🇦🇹 Austria vs. Russia 🇷🇺
🇮🇹 Italy vs. Sweden 🇸🇪
🇱🇻 Latvia vs. Switzerland 🇨🇭
Monday, May 13
🇫🇮 Finland vs. United States 🇺🇸
🇨🇦 Canada vs. Slovakia 🇸🇰
🇨🇿 Czechia vs. Russia 🇷🇺
🇳🇴 Norway vs. Sweden 🇸🇪
Tuesday, May 14
🇩🇰 Denmark vs. Great Britain 🇬🇧
🇫🇷 France vs. Germany 🇩🇪
🇮🇹 Italy vs. Latvia 🇱🇻
🇦🇹 Austria vs. Switzerland 🇨🇭
Wednesday, May 15
🇬🇧 Great Britain vs. United States 🇺🇸
🇩🇪 Germany vs. Slovakia 🇸🇰
🇳🇴 Norway vs. Switzerland 🇨🇭
🇮🇹 Italy vs. Russia 🇷🇺
Thursday, May 16
🇨🇦 Canada vs. France 🇫🇷
🇩🇰 Denmark vs. Finland 🇫🇮
🇦🇹 Austria vs. Sweden 🇸🇪
🇨🇿 Czechia vs. Latvia 🇱🇻
Friday, May 17
🇫🇷 France vs. Slovakia 🇸🇰
🇫🇮 Finland vs. Great Britain 🇬🇧
🇦🇹 Austria vs. Norway 🇳🇴
🇨🇿 Czechia vs. Italy 🇮🇹
Saturday, May 18
🇩🇰 Denmark vs. United States 🇺🇸
🇨🇦 Canada vs. Germany 🇩🇪
🇬🇧 Great Britain vs. Slovakia 🇸🇰
🇱🇻 Latvia vs. Russia 🇷🇺
🇮🇹 Italy vs. Norway 🇳🇴
🇨🇭 Switzerland vs. Sweden 🇸🇪
Sunday, May 19
🇩🇪 Germany vs. United States 🇺🇸
🇫🇮 Finland vs. France 🇫🇷
🇦🇹 Austria vs. Czechia 🇨🇿
🇷🇺 Russia vs. Switzerland 🇨🇭
Monday, May 20
🇫🇷 France vs. Great Britain 🇬🇧
🇨🇦 Canada vs. Denmark 🇩🇰
🇱🇻 Latvia vs. Sweden 🇸🇪
🇦🇹 Austria vs. Italy 🇮🇹
Tuesday, May 21
🇫🇮 Finland vs. Germany 🇩🇪
🇩🇰 Denmark vs. Slovakia 🇸🇰
🇨🇦 Canada vs. United States 🇺🇸
🇨🇿 Czechia vs. Switzerland 🇨🇭
🇱🇻 Latvia vs. Norway 🇳🇴
🇷🇺 Russia vs. Sweden 🇸🇪
Thursday, May 23
Quarterfinal #1 (A1 vs. B4)
Quarterfinal #3 (A2 vs. B3)
Quarterfinal #2 (B1 vs. A4)
Quarterfinal #4 (B2 vs. A3)
Saturday, May 25
Semifinal #1
Semifinal #2
Sunday, May 26
Bronze Medal Game
Gold Medal Game

Sweden will look to become the first “three-peat” champion since the Czechs (1999-2001), while Russia (27 Golds) and Canada (26) will look to fight for position atop the all-time standings. Slovakia will look to return to the medal rounds on home ice for the first time since 2012, while the Czechs will look to make a splash and spoil the party to return to the podium for the first time since 2010. The countdown to Slovakia is on!

Photo Credit: IIHF Worlds 2018 IIHFHHOFIOC

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