๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 2022 World Championship Schedule Released


The schedule for the 2022 IIHF World Championship was today announced for the tournament taking place in Tampere and Helsinki, Finland, returning to the nation for the first time since Helsinki hosted consecutively in 2012-13.

Group A, which will meet in Helsinki, sees defending Gold Medalists (and no friends of the Finns after said final) Canada looking to retain their title, with the Russian Olympic Committee squad serving as their biggest obstacle to topping the table. With more traditional powerhouses slotted in Group B, the likes of last year’s surprising fourth-place Germany, Slovakia, Denmark and Switzerland will look to finish higher in the group and improve their medal round matchups. Kazakhstan and Italy will likely be competing to avoid finishing at the bottom of the table, as relegation is back in play as of this writing, with Italy, who finished with no points in 2021, the likely contender to play for survival.

Group B, which will play in Tampere, sees the hometown and defending Silver medalist Finns take on fellow Euro Hockey Tour juggernauts Czechia and Sweden, along with defending Bronze medalists Team USA in a top-heavy group, with these four likely to round out the top of the group into the medal round. Norway, as well as perennial tournament fan favourites Latvia, will continue to push to act as spoiler and make it to the medal round, while Belarus and Great Britain will likely end up in the relegation round, where theย Lions andย Bisons will both fight to stay alive in the Top Division to 2023.

The tournament schedule is as follows:

GROUP A (Helsinki)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
GROUP B (Tampere)
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Friday, 13 May
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russian O.C. vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany vs. Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States vs. Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
Saturday, 14 May
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. Kazakhstan ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland vs. Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakiaย vs. Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden vs. Belarus ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Great Britain ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia vs. Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Sunday, 15 May
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italyย vs. Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russian O.C. vs. Kazakhstan ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway vs. Great Britain ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarusย vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechiaย vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Monday, 16 May
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia vs. Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russian O.C. vs. Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia vs. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finlandย vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Tuesday, 17 May
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italyย vs. Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerlandย vs. Kazakhstan ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Belarus ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden vs. Great Britain ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
Wednesday, 18 May
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russian O.C. vs. Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerlandย vs.ย Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway vs. Belarus ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Thursday, 19 May
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany vs. Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Kazakhstan ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Great Britainย vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechiaย vs. Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
Friday, 20 May
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany vs. Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstanย vs.ย Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Great Britainย vs. Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia vs. Belarus ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ
Saturday, 21 May
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. Russian O.C. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italyย vs.ย Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarusย vs. Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway vs. Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Sunday, 22 May
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstanย vs. Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerlandย vs.ย Russian O.C. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Great Britainย vs. Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Swedenย vs. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
Monday, 23 May
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan vs. Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States vs. Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus vs. Great Britain ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
Tuesday, 24 May
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia vs. Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Russian O.C. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Swedenย vs. Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States vs. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Thursday, 26 May
Quarterfinal #1
Quarterfinal #3
Quarterfinal #2
Quarterfinal #4
Saturday, 28 May
Semifinal #1
Semifinal #2
Sunday, 29 May
Goldย Medal Game
Bronze Medal Game

The IHLC champion by May 2022 will be known by at least the end of next February’s Olympics in Beijing, with the possibility for the title to follow on the Euro Hockey Tour and/or Challenge, depending on who brings the title home from China; the last post-Olympic World Championships saw a surprising entrant, France, start the tournament with the IHLC, so who will hold the title by next May is anyone’s guess!

Photo Credit: 2021 World ChampionshipIIHFHHOFIOC

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