๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป 2021 World Championship Schedule Released


The schedule for the 2021 IIHF World Championship was today announced for the tournament taking place in Rฤซga, Latvia, marking the return of the World Championship after its historic cancellation last year, returning to Latvia for the first time in 15 years.

Group A, which was originally set to be hosted in Minsk, Belarus, but will now be in Rฤซga, will feature three of the top four European powers, Czechia, Sweden and Russia (who will now have to play as “Neutral Athletes From Russia” under a neutral flag, anthem and jersey due to CAS sanctions), one of which will likely top out the group. The likes of Switzerland, Denmark and Slovakia will look to play spoiler and crack the top four for the medal round, while Belarus and fan favourites Great Britain will likely duke it out to get the second-last spot in the group, although relegation is not on the table in 2021 due to lower-tier tournaments being cancelled in November.

Group B features the defending champion and runner-up, Finland and Canada, alongside hosts Latvia, the United States, Germany, Norway, Italy and Kazakhstan. While a 1-2 finish for the Finns and Canadians seems most likely, it is how the rest of the group will flush out that will make up the most interesting component of Group B, with a number of contending nations jockeying for the medal round. Whether NHL players will be ready in time for the tournament will have a major impact on the likes of Germany, Latvia and Team USA, who will depend on their professional star power to avoid falling to the bottom of the group.

The tournament schedule is as follows:

GROUP A
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
GROUP B
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ดย ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Friday, 21 May
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Russia O.C. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany vs. Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
Saturday, 22 May
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Great Britain vs. Russia O.C. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany vs. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan vs. Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
Sunday, 23 May
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Great Britain vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy vs. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Kazakhstan ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Monday, 24 May
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia O.C. vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus vs. Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy vs. Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Tuesday, 25 May
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. Great Britain ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
Wednesday, 26 May
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. Russia O.C. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus vs. Great Britain ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany vs. Kazakhstan ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
Thursday, 27 May
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
Friday, 28 May
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Great Britain vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus vs. Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Kazakhstan ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia vs. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
Saturday, 29 May
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Great Britain ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia O.C. vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy vs. Kazakhstan ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Sunday, 30 May
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
Monday, 31 May
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย Russia O.C. vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan vs. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
Tuesday, 01 June
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Great Britain vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus vs. Russia O.C. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany vs. Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
Thursday, 03 June
Quarterfinal #1
Quarterfinal #3
Quarterfinal #2
Quarterfinal #4
Saturday, 05 June
Semifinal #1
Semifinal #2
Sunday, 06 June
Goldย Medal Game
Bronze Medal Game

The IHLC champion will be determined by the end of the 2021 Euro Hockey Tour, and depending on COVID travel restrictions, potentially even a contender from the Euro Hockey Challenge. While we know a European squad will carry the title by May, which group they enter in, and what the final groups look like by the time the tournament is set to begin (almost certainly behind closed doors), will be as much of a guessing game as almost anything the world has faced over the past eleven months of this pandemic.

Photo Credit: 2019 World ChampionshipIIHFHHOFIOC

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