The Euro Hockey Challenge will return with a new, shorter format in 2019, with national teams preparing for the 2019 World Championship in Bratislava and Košice, Slovakia this May.
In a surprising twist at the World Junior Championship, Kazakhstan swept Denmark in their relegation series to stay in the Top Division for 2020, sending Denmark back to Division IA for the first time since 2014.
The International Hockey Lineal Championship again saw eight countries carry the title throughout 2018, with the Olympics being added to the calendar seeing 31 different matchups, with the IHLC being defended at five tournaments in seven different countries.
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.
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.
The finish of the international hockey calendar is set to begin on May 4 in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark, with the top sixteen hockey countries in the world meeting to compete at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
For just the second time in history, the same nation has captured both the Euro Hockey Tour and Euro Hockey Challenge titles, with Finland today eking out Sweden to lock up the 2017-18 Tour, becoming the second team after Czechia in 2012 to achieve the double.
In an international hockey world that seldom sees new nations emerge to contend for the International Hockey Lineal Championship, Slovakia’s IHLC win over Latvia today confirmed their next opponent will be the Korea Republic (South Korea), making the Koreans the first new team in 15 years to contend for the IHLC.
02:50 – 🇱🇻 PEN – Jevpalovs, hooking
07:02 – 🇸🇰 PEN – Hovorka, boarding
07:48 – 🇸🇰 PEN – Bondra, high sticking
14:13 – 🇸🇰 GOAL – Bakoš (Miklík, Hovorka)
16:37 – 🇱🇻 PEN – Ševčenko, interference
17:42 – 🇱🇻 PEN – Balinskis, high sticking
18:43 – 🇸🇰 PP GOAL – Miklík (Kudrna, Čajkovský)