2020 World Championship Schedule Released


The schedule for the 2020 IIHF World Championship was today announced for the tournament taking place in Lausanne and Zรผrich, Switzerland, returning to the nation for the first time since Bern and Kloten hosted in 2009.

Group A, which will meet in Lausanne, sees last year’s Silver medalists Canada paired up with powerhouses Sweden and Czechia, rounded out by Germany, Slovakia, Denmark, Great Britain and Belarus, promoted from Division IA in 2019. Canada, who finished second, the Czechs, who finished fourth, and the Swedes, whose bid for a three-peat was upended by the eventual champs, will all be looking to make an impact and gain a high medal round seed to redeem themselves, while Germany will look to continue their surprising climb. The likes of the Danes and Slovaks will look to play spoiler, while the Brits will try to spoil another team’s return to Division IA, likely meeting Belarus with Top Division survival on the line.

Group B, which will play in Zรผrich, features the defending champ Finns, bronze medalist Russians and host Swiss, with the United States, Norway, Latvia, Italy and newly-promoted Kazakhstan completing the group. Finland, who has been dominating international hockey on all levels, particularly in 2019, will be the favourites to take the group, even in spite of not having NHL star power in 2019’s iteration, with Russia looking for vengeance for their Semifinal loss to theย Leijonat. The Swiss will look to impress on home ice and capture some of their 2018 Silver magic, and the Americans will look to once and for all end theirย Gold-less streak, which dates back to 1933. Norway and Latvia will look to surprise, while the Division IA elimination game will likely come down to Kazakhstan looking to remain in the Top Division at the expense of Italy.

The tournament schedule is as follows:

GROUP A (Lausanne)
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
GROUP B (Zรผrich)
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Friday, 08 May
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Saturday, 09 May
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany vs. Great Britain ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus vs. Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia vs. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Sunday, 10 May
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Great Britain vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway vs. Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan vs. Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
Monday, 11 May
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Tuesday, 12 May
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. Great Britain ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan vs. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy vs. Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
Wednesday, 13 May
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Great Britain ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus vs. Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy vs. Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Thursday, 14 May
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
Friday, 15 May
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus vs. Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Great Britain ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan vs. Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Saturday, 16 May
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus vs. Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy vs. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Sunday, 17 May
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Great Britain vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Kazakhstan ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Monday, 18 May
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus vs. Great Britain ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy vs. Kazakhstan ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Tuesday, 19 May
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia vs. Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Thursday, 21 May
Quarterfinal #1
Quarterfinal #3
Quarterfinal #2
Quarterfinal #4
Saturday, 23 May
Semifinal #1
Semifinal #2
Sunday, 24 May
Goldย Medal Game
Bronze Medal Game

The IHLC champion will certainly be established during the 2020 Euro Hockey Challenge, as the title enters the Euro Hockey Tour circuit this November by virtue of Finland winning the 2019 Worlds. Whether it stays with the “core four” of the Tour, or goes to a non-traditional champion to bring the title into Switzerland will be anyone’s guess!

Photo Credit: 2019 World ChampionshipIIHFHHOFIOC

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