🇫🇷 🇦🇹 France, Austria Relegated From World Championship


Both relegation games at the 2019 World Championship came down to thrilling and surprising finishes, with Great Britain and Italy, both promoted from Division IA in 2018, upsetting France and Austria respectively to send them down to Division IA in 2020, while each punching their ticket back to the Top Division in Switzerland.
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2019 World Championship Schedule Released


The IIHF has released the full schedule for the 2019 World Championship in Bratislava and Košice, Slovakia, with defending champions Sweden opening the tournament against the Czechs, while hosts Slovakia open the tournament against the United States.
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🇨🇳 China Granted Automatic Berths At 2022 Beijing Olympics


In a similar vein to the IIHF’s decision four years ago to allow Korea automatic berths to the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, the IIHF today confirmed at their Annual Congress that the next Winter Olympic hosts, China, will gain automatic berths for the men’s and women’s tournaments in Beijing for the 2022 Games.
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IIHF Confirms 2022 Olympic Women’s Tournament Expanding To Ten Teams


Following a similar mandate made for the IIHF Women’s World Championships last year, the IIHF today confirmed that the 2022 Olympic women’s tournament in Beijing, China, will expand to ten teams, in order to accommodate both the host country and a new contender in an ever-increasing talent pool in international women’s hockey.
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🇰🇷 🇰🇵 IOC, IIHF Announce Historic Joint Korean Women’s Olympic Hockey Team


After days of rumour and speculation, the International Olympic Committee, in tandem with the International Ice Hockey Federation, today confirmed that the Korean Olympic women’s hockey team will feature players from both Koreas at the upcoming PyeongChang Games.
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🇺🇦 Ukranian Players Caught Up In Division IA Bribery Scandal


A bribery scandal has struck the hockey world, with news coming from Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat that two Ukranian players were caught accepting bribes to throw the 2017 World Championship Division IA, which clinched Korea their first promotion in history to the 2018 World Championships, putting the legitimacy of their win, along with Korea’s future, in potential doubt.
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2017-18 Euro Hockey Tour Schedule Released


The full schedule for the 2017-18 Euro Hockey Tour has been announced, the highlights being the moving of the Sweden Hockey Games to April (due to this year’s Olympics in February), and the addition of teams from Canada, Switzerland and Korea, all preparing for the Games in Pyeongchang.
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2018 World Championship Schedule Released


The IIHF has released the full schedule for the 2018 World Championship in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark, with defending champions Sweden opening the tournament against Belarus, while hosts Denmark open the tournament against Germany on opening day.
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🇸🇮 🇮🇹 Slovenia, Italy Relegated From World Championship


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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NHL Confirms Players Will Not Attend 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics


After months of speculation and negotiations, the National Hockey League today announced that they will not actively participate in the 2018 Olympics in Korea, ending a 20-year span of NHL participation in the Games.
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🇺🇸 U.S. Women’s Team, USA Hockey Strike New Agreement


In a good news story after weeks of bad blood between the U.S. Women’s National Team and USA Hockey, a new four year agreement has been agreed upon by both parties, ensuring that the U.S. team will suit up for the Women’s World Championships, which begin in just three days time in Plymouth, Michigan.
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IHLC Preview – 2017 Women’s World Championship


A cloud of uncertainty and tension hangs over Plymouth, Michigan this week, with the biggest story leading up to the 2017 Women’s World Championships being told off the ice, as to whether Team USA will end up attending, or continue their boycott against USA Hockey over unequal treatment.
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🇨🇭 🇯🇵 Switzerland And Japan Clinch Final Olympic Qualifying Spots

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After nearly half a year of Olympic qualifiers that began in Mexico last October, four rounds of play and 22 teams competing for a mere two spots in Pyeongchang, the final qualification spots were today clinched by Japan and Switzerland for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
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🇳🇴 🇸🇮 🇩🇪 Norway, Slovenia, Germany Nab Final 2018 Olympic Spots

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After nearly a year of Olympic qualifiers that began in Bulgaria last October, three rounds of play and 28 teams competing for just three spots in Pyeongchang, the final slots were today locked up by Norway, Slovenia and Germany for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
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First Five Nations Qualify For 2018 Olympic Women’s Tournament

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As a result of Switzerland’s stumble out of Group B and into the relegation round at the ongoing World Championships, Russia and Sweden locked up the final two spots available to qualify automatically for the women’s tournament at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea. They join Canada, the United States, Finland and hosts Korea, with the final two spots to be gained in a qualification tournament ending in February 2017.
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World Championship Sets Fields For 2016 Worlds, 2018 Olympics

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With the dust settled over Prague, and Canada returning to North America with World Championship Gold in tow, we can not only look back on a tremendous (and record-breaking) 2015 tournament, but to future tournaments in men’s hockey, particularly next year’s Worlds and the 2018 Olympics.
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First Nine Nations Qualified For 2018 Olympic Men’s Tournament

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Following Belarus’ failure to finish in the top four at the 2015 World Championships, Slovakia scooped up the ninth and final automatic qualification spot for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea, joining defending champions Canada, Finland, Sweden, Russia, the United States, Czechia, Switzerland and the host nation Korea.
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🇰🇿 🇭🇺 Kazakhstan, Hungary Promoted To 2016 Worlds

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After Poland failed to defeat Hungary in regulation in front of their hometown fans, Hungary clinched the second and final promotion to the 2016 World Championships in Russia, following an undefeated Kazakhstan who punched their ticket on Thursday.
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