๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป 2023 World Championship Schedule Released


The schedule for the 2023 IIHF World Championship was today announced for the tournament taking place in Tampere, Finland and Rฤซga, Latvia, with the two previous Worlds hosts stepping in to replace Saint Petersburg, Russia as the hosts, who were stripped as hosts after Russia was banned from IIHF competition for their continued invasion of Ukraine.

Group A, which will meet in Tampere, sees World Champions and hosts Finland defending their title against fellow Scandinavian rivals Sweden and Denmark, along with the United States, Germany, France, Austria and Hungary. Theย Leijonat are the heavy favourites to repeat as champions for the first time in team history, and for the third time in the past five years, but the Americans and Swedes will be the biggest obstacles in their way. Middle-pack squads like Germany and Denmark will look as always to eke out a spot in the quarterfinals, while recently-promoted Hungary will look to avoid relegation back to Division IA, likely fighting it out with Austria and France to round out the group.

Group B, which will play in Rฤซga, sees hosts Latvia taking on defending Silver medalist Canada, along with Czechia, Switzerland, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia and Kazakhstan. This group will likely come down to Canada and the Czechs, who wrap the group round head-to-head on 23 May, fighting it out for the top of the group, with the Latvians and their raucous fans hoping to push their team into the elimination round. Squads like the Slovaks and Swiss will be fighting for the remaining spots to the medal round, while the fight to prevent relegation will likely fall between Norway, Kazakhstan and Slovenia, promoted from Division IA in 2022.

The tournament schedule is as follows:

GROUP A (Tampere)
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡นย ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
GROUP B (Rฤซga)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Friday, 12 May
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finlandย vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
Saturday, 13 May
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria vs. France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. Hungary ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan vs. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Sunday, 14 May
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungaryย vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Slovenia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Kazakhstan ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Monday, 15 May
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germanyย vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
Tuesday, 16 May
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria vs. Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France vs. Hungary ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway vs. Slovenia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Wednesday, 17 May
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia vs. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Kazakhstan ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Thursday, 18 May
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungary vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Slovenia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Friday, 19 May
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Hungary ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria vs. Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia vs. Slovenia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Saturday, 20 May
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmarkย vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria vs. Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan vs. Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
Sunday, 21 May
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany vs. Hungary ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Franceย vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Monday, 22 May
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria vs. Hungary ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan vs. Slovenia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Tuesday, 23 May
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France vs. Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Swedenย vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark vs. Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway vs. Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia vs. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Thursday, 25 May
Quarterfinal #1
Quarterfinal #3
Quarterfinal #2
Quarterfinal #4
Saturday, 27 May
Semifinal #1
Semifinal #2
Sunday, 28 May
Goldย Medal Game
Bronze Medal Game

The IHLC champion by May 2023 will be known by April, whether the winner emerges from the Euro Hockey Tour or Challenge. Whether it is hosts Finland entering the tournament on home ice with the IHLC for the first time since 2003, last year’s incumbents, Czechia, or another contender, it should make for some exciting hockey next spring!

Photo Credit: 2022 World ChampionshipIIHFHHOFIOC

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