Major Announcements Made At 2017 IIHF Congress

The IIHF Annual Congress today was held on the off day at the 2017 World Championships in Cologne, Germany, with a number of major announcements voted on to impact the future of international hockey in the coming years.
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Slovenia, Italy Relegated From World Championships

Still with a day until the end of the 2017 World Championship group round, the two relegated teams for 2018 have already been determined, with both Slovenia and Italy, who only gained promotion in 2016, set to return to Division IA next season.
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IHLC Results – Canada 6-0 Belarus – May 8, 2017

 Canada 6-0 Belarus 
World Championship Preliminary Round
AccorHotels Arena, Paris
Monday, May 8, 2017

Canada continued to cruise in Paris at the World Championships, crushing Belarus 6-0 to win their third straight and retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Preview – 2017 World Championship

The grand finale of the international hockey calendar is set to begin on May 5 in both Cologne and Paris, with the top 16 hockey nations on earth meeting to compete at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.
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IHLC Results – Switzerland 4-2 Belarus – Feb. 10, 2017

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Slovakia Cup Semifinal
Nitra Aréna, Nitra slovakia-11
Friday, February 10, 2017

Switzerland capitalized on a late goal from Mauro Jörg and solid goaltending from Gilles Senn to hang on to a narrow 4-2 victory over Belarus to open the Slovakia Cup, advancing to the finals and retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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2017 Euro Hockey Challenge Schedule Confirmed

After two seasons of a consistent format, the Euro Hockey Challenge has undergone yet another change for the 2017 iteration, leading up to the IIHF World Championships the following month in Cologne and Paris.
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IHLC 2016 In Review – Men’s

The International Hockey Lineal Championship doubled up on champions in 2016, with six different nations taking hold of the IHLC over a span of 23 games, leaving an unlikely country the incumbent champion heading into 2017.
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IHLC Results – Switzerland 6-1 Belarus – Dec. 17, 2016

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Swiss Challenge Gold Medal Game
Tissot Arena, Biel switzerland-11
Saturday, December 17, 2016

A day removed from crushing Slovakia to capture the International Hockey Lineal Championship, Belarus was squashed themselves, dropping a 6-1 decision to Switzerland on their home turf in the final of the 2016 Swiss Challenge, losing the International Hockey Lineal Championship in the process.
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IHLC Results – Belarus 7-1 Slovakia – Dec. 16, 2016

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Swiss Challenge Semifinal
Tissot Arena, Biel switzerland-11
Friday, December 16, 2016

A finely-tuned Belarusian offense throttled a hapless Slovakia squad to open the 2016 Swiss Challenge in Biel, winning a decisive 7-1 victory to qualify for tomorrow’s Gold Medal Game and win just their fifth International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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In Memoriam – Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2011-12

Today marks the anniversary of the tragic air disaster of Yak Service Flight 9633 on September 7, 2011, that crashed near Yaroslavl, Russia, and killed the entire roster and staff of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL, and all but one of the flight crew members, when a pilot error caused the aircraft to fail its takeoff, running off the runway and crashing into a tower mast.

IIHF president Rene Fasel declared the crash as “the darkest day in the history of our sport,” as fans from across the world, and in particular Russia and the eight other nations represented by team players and staff, mourned for the shocking and tragic loss. On this sad anniversary, the IHLC commemorates this deep loss, and remember those who perished in the accident.
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