🇫🇮 🇱🇻 IIHF Names Tampere & Rīga As 2023 World Championship Hosts


After stripping Saint Petersburg, Russia of hosting duties for the 2023 World Championship due to their ongoing invasion in Ukraine, today the IIHF announced at their annual Congress that hosting rights would now be split between to the last two hosts of the World Championships, with 2021 hosts Rīga, Latvia and current 2022 hosts Tampere, Finland hosting next year, from 12-28 May 2023.
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🇮🇹 🇬🇧 Italy, Great Britain Relegated From World Championship Top Division


A day before the group round came to a close at the 2022 World Championship, both relegation spots to Division IA in 2023 were clinched, with Italy and Great Britain gaining the dubious distinction of being sent down, at the hands of Kazakhstan and Austria, respectively.
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🇷🇺 IIHF To Move 2023 World Championship From Russia


The IIHF today announced, that “out of concern for the safety and well-being of all participating players, officials, media, and fans,” that the 2023 IIHF World Championship, set to take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia next May, would be moved to a different location, due to Russia’s continued and deepening of invasion of Ukraine.
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IHLC 2021 In Review – Men’s


With the international hockey calendar returning (relatively) to normal in 2021, the IHLC saw a flurry of activity throughout the year, bookended with stops on the Euro Hockey Tour, and a relocated World Championship in between. Continue reading

🇸🇰 🇱🇻 🇩🇰 Slovakia, Latvia, Denmark Clinch Final Beijing 2022 Men’s Olympic Qualifying Spots


After nearly two year of Olympic qualifiers that began in Luxembourg and China in November 2019, four rounds of play, 36 teams competing and a global pandemic in between, came to a conclusion today for the final three spots in Beijing, with the spots being clinched locked up by Slovakia, Latvia and Denmark for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
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🇱🇻 Matīss Kivlenieks: 1996-2021


The hockey world today was struck with a tragic blow as news from Latvia emerged that Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matīss Kivlenieks had unexpectedly passed away following a reported accidental injury at only the age of 24 in Novi, Michigan, USA.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇦 Canada 3-2 Finland 🇫🇮 (OT) – 06 Jun 2021


🇨🇦 Canada 3-2 Finland 🇫🇮 (OT)

World Championship Gold Medal Game
Arēna Rīga, Rīga 🇱🇻
Sunday, 06 June 2021

Nick Paul scored at 6:26 of the first three-on-three unlimited overtime to give Canada its 21st all-time Gold medal at the World Championship. The goal gave Canada a 3-2 win over Finland and avenges a 2019 loss at the hands of Suomi. It is Canada’s third Gold in the last six years.
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IHLC Results – 🇫🇮 Finland 2-1 Germany 🇩🇪 – 05 Jun 2021


🇫🇮 Finland 2-1 Germany 🇩🇪

World Championship Semifinal
Arēna Rīga, Rīga 🇱🇻
Saturday, 05 June 2021

Germany put up a mighty challenge, but the champion still reigns for another day as Finland built up a 2-0 first-period lead and held on to win an emotional semi-final game 2-1.
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IHLC Results – 🇫🇮 Finland 1-0 Czechia 🇨🇿 – 03 Jun 2021


🇫🇮 Finland 1-0 Czechia 🇨🇿

World Championship Quarterfinal
Arēna Rīga, Rīga 🇱🇻
Thursday, 03 June 2021

Two years ago in Slovakia, Finland won its third World Championship gold medal following three consecutive tight-checking, low-scoring games.

Following the team’s 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals, the Jukka Jalonen-coached and Marko Anttila-captained team is one-third the way there at the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇿 Czechia 7-3 Slovakia 🇸🇰 – 01 Jun 2021


🇨🇿 Czechia 7-3 Slovakia 🇸🇰

World Championship Preliminary Round
Elektrum Olimpiskais centrs, Rīga 🇱🇻
Tuesday, 01 June 2021

The Czech Republic thumped Slovakia 7-3 on Tuesday to surpass their brotherly rivals in Group A and finish third with 13 points. The Czechs will face Finland in Thursday’s quarter-finals. The Slovaks came fourth with 12 points and will take on the Americans.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇿 Czechia 2-1 Denmark 🇩🇰 (SO) – 31 May 2021


🇨🇿 Czechia 2-1 Denmark 🇩🇰 (SO)

World Championship Preliminary Round
Elektrum Olimpiskais centrs, Rīga 🇱🇻
Monday, 31 May 2021

Filip Chytil scored the shootout winner as the Czech Republic defeated Denmark 2-1. The Czechs, after losing their first two group games to ROC and Switzerland, have rebounded with four straight wins. Denmark is eliminated from quarter-finals contention.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇿 Czechia 6-1 Great Britain 🇬🇧 – 29 May 2021


🇨🇿 Czechia 6-1 Great Britain 🇬🇧

World Championship Preliminary Round
Elektrum Olimpiskais centrs, Rīga 🇱🇻
Saturday, 29 May 2021

The Czech Republic recorded its third straight victory with a comfortable 6-1 success over Great Britain in Saturday’s opening Group A game in Rīga. After losing the first two in this championship, the Czechs were under pressure. Since then, wins over Belarus, Sweden and now Britain have lifted Filip Pešán’s team firmly into the playoff picture.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇿 Czechia 4-2 Sweden 🇸🇪 – 27 May 2021


🇨🇿 Czechia 4-2 Sweden 🇸🇪

World Championship Preliminary Round
Elektrum Olimpiskais centrs, Rīga 🇱🇻
Thursday, 27 May 2021

Trailing 2-0 heading into the third period, the Czech Republic scored four goals in the third period, including three in a span of 7:07 and two on the power play, to beat Sweden 4-2 in a huge game for both teams smack dab in the middle of the group stage.
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IHLC Results – 🇸🇪 Sweden 7-0 Switzerland 🇨🇭 – 25 May 2021


🇸🇪 Sweden 7-0 Switzerland 🇨🇭
World Championship Preliminary Round
Elektrum Olimpiskais centrs, Rīga 🇱🇻
Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Defenceman Nils Lundkvist recorded four points and Jonas Frödén, Adrian Kempe and captain Henrik Tömmernes each chipped in with three as Sweden won its first game of the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 7-0 over previously unbeaten Switzerland.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇭 Switzerland 1-0 Denmark 🇩🇰 – 23 May 2021


🇨🇭 Switzerland 1-0 Denmark 🇩🇰
World Championship Preliminary Round
Elektrum Olimpiskais centrs, Rīga 🇱🇻
Sunday, 23 May 2021

A night after opening the tournament with a 5-2 win over the Czech Republic, Switzerland shut out Denmark 1-0 to move into a three-way tie with Russia and Slovakia atop Group A with six points each.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇭 Switzerland 5-2 Czechia 🇨🇿 – 22 May 2021


🇨🇭 Switzerland 5-2 Czechia 🇨🇿
World Championship Preliminary Round
Elektrum Olimpiskais centrs, Rīga 🇱🇻
Saturday, 22 May 2021

Switzerland broke a 1-1 tie with two goals in the second period en route to an impressive 5-2 win over the Czech Republic. Ten years ago, five years ago, you might have called this an upset, but that is no longer the case.
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IHLC Preview – 2021 World Championship


After a year away during one of the most tumultuous years in human history, with a pandemic and political strife seeing a year-long delay and a change in venue, the international hockey calendar sees some sense of normalcy return with the resurgence of the IIHF World Championship, set to take place this year in Rīga, Latvia.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇭 Switzerland 2-1 Latvia 🇱🇻 – 15 May 2021


🇨🇭 Switzerland 2-1 Latvia 🇱🇻
Euro Hockey Challenge
Elektrum Olimpiskais centrs, Rīga 🇱🇻
Saturday, 15 May 2021

BOXSCORE
1st Period
00:55 – 🇨🇭 GOAL – Simion (Hofmann)
01:58 – 🇱🇻 PEN – Meija, interference
13:49 – 🇨🇭 PEN – Alatalo, interference
16:29 – 🇨🇭 PEN – Untersander, slashing
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🇨🇿 Jaroslav Bednář Announces Retirement At Age 44


Czech winger Jaroslav Bednář, a part of the Czech Extraliga and Narodnitym since 1994, announced his retirement from pro hockey following HC Slavia Praha’s elimination from the Chance Liga playoffs at the age of 44, ending a remarkable 27 season career played across the globe.
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