IHLC 2018 In Review – Men’s


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.
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IHLC 2018 In Review – Women’s


The International Hockey Lineal Championship continued to see-saw between Canada and the United States in international women’s hockey, with each nation winning five games in 2018, but the Americans winning crucial Gold medals at both the PyeongChang Olympics and Four Nations Cup.
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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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🇧🇾 🇰🇷 Belarus, South Korea Relegated From World Championship


An expected team and a very unexpected team both clinched the unwanted spots of relegation to Division IA at the 2018 IIHF World Championship, with Sout Korea clinching the second relegation, after Belarus, with a day still remaining in group play at the tournament in Denmark.
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IHLC Preview – 2018 World Championship


The finish of the international hockey calendar is set to begin on 4 May in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark, with the top sixteen hockey countries in the world meeting to compete at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
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Ak Bars Kazan Wins Historic Third Gagarin Cup With 16 IHLC Winners


Ak Bars Kazan made KHL history on home ice, upending the expected champion CSKA Moscow in only five games to win the 2018 Gagarin Cup, becoming the first team in the league’s decade-long history to win three titles (2008, 2009, 2018).
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🇰🇷 South Korea Becomes First New Men’s IHLC Contender In 15 Years


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 South Korea (Korea Republic), making the Koreans the first new team in 15 years to contend for the IHLC.
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🇩🇪 Christian Ehrhoff Retires After Twenty Season Career


Christian Ehrhoff, fresh off a shocking German silver medal win at the PyeongChang Olympics, has decided to retire from hockey at the age of 35, following Kölner Haie’s elimination from the Deutsche Eishockey Liga playoffs, capping a 20 season career split between the NHL and Germany.
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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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🇷🇺 Russian Female Players Banned From Olympics For Life Due To Doping (UPDATED)


After the IOC’s landmark decision to ban Russia outright from the 2018 Olympics, but still allow individual athletes to compete under the Olympic flag if they pass IOC drug tests, the IOC today announced that members of Russia’s women’s team at the 2014 Sochi Games failed their tests, and are thus banned for life from the Olympics.
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IOC Expels Russia From 2018 Olympics, Hockey Status In Question


The International Olympic Committee today announced an outright ban on the Russian delegation at the upcoming Olympic Games this February in Pyeongchang, South Korea, although athletes that are cleared of a controversial state-sponsored doping program are allowed to participate under the Olympic flag.
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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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🇯🇵 🇨🇿 Japan Promoted, Czechia Relegated At Women’s Worlds


After falling to Switzerland in a best-of-three relegation series, Czechia has been demoted to Division I Group A in 2018, while Japan, victors of 2017 Group IA in Graz, Austria, will be promoted for the 2019 Women’s World Championships, with no tournament being held in 2018 due to the Pyeongchang Olympics.
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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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