International Ice Hockey Federation


Tournament Format


The 16 teams are divided into two groups for the Preliminary Round.

The top-four ranked teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals that will be played cross-over. The first-place team in each preliminary-round group plays the fourth-place team of the other group, while the second-place team plays the third-place team of the other group. 1A-4B, 2A-3B, 1B-4A, 2B-3A. The winning teams advance to the semi-finals.


Both semi-final games will be played at Lanxess Arena in Cologne/GER.

The winning teams of the semi-final games advance to the gold medal game while the semi-final losing teams play for bronze.

Relegation format

The overall bottom ranked two teams will be relegated to the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A.

The teams promoted to the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will be the top-two teams of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A.

Three Point System

For all games points shall be awarded as follows:

  • 3 points for the winning team at the conclusion of regulation time
  • 1 point for both teams at the conclusion of regulation time if the game is tied
  • An additional point earned for the team winning the game in a 5-minute overtime period, or the Penalty-Shot Shootout Procedure if the teams are still tied following conclusion of the overtime period
  • 0 points for the team losing the game in regulation time

Overtime Operations

If a game is tied at the end of regulation time, a five-minute overtime period shall be played. The teams will change ends for the overtime period. The game will end when the five minutes has expired or when a goal is scored; the scoring team will be declared the winner. If no goal is scored in the overtime period then the Game Winning Shots Procedure will apply. All overtime periods of any IIHF game shall be played with each team at the numerical strength of three (3) skaters and one (1) goalkeeper for games of the preliminary round.

Overtime procedure in Play-Off Games:

  • In case of a tie at the conclusion of regulation time in a Relegation Playoff, Placement Playoff, Quarter Final, Semi Final and Bronze Medal Game, there will be a 10-minute sudden-death overtime period played, following a three-minute intermission.
  • The teams will change ends for the overtime period.
  • The overtime period shall be played with each team at the numerical strength of four (4) skaters and one (1) goalkeeper.
  • The team, which scores a goal during this period is the winner.
  • In the Gold Medal game there will be a 20-minute sudden-death overtime period, following a 15-minute intermission during which the ice will be resurfaced.
  • The teams will change ends.
  • The overtime period shall be played with each team at the numerical strength of five (5) skaters and one (1) goalkeeper.
  • The team which scores a goal during this period is declared winner.
  • If no goal is scored during the sudden-death overtime, there will be Penalty-Shot Shootout according to the Penalty-Shot Shootout Procedure.

Penalty-Shot Shootout Procedure

If no goal is scored in the overtime period then the Penalty-Shot Shootout (PSS) procedure will apply. The following procedure will be utilized:

  • Three different shooters from each team - five in playoff and medal games - will take alternate shots, until a decisive goal is scored.
  • If the game is still tied after three shots (respectively five in playoff and medal games) by each team, the PSS will continue with a tie-break shoot out by one player of each team, with a reversed shooting order. The same or new players can take the tie-break shots.
  • The same player can also be used for each shot by a team in the tie-break shoot-out.
  • Only the decisive goal will count in the result of the game.
  • Shots will be taken at both ends of the ice. The area of the ice to be used will be dry scraped.
  • A coin toss will determine which team takes the first shot, with the winner of the toss having the choice whether his team will shoot first or second.
  • Any player whose penalty was not over when overtime ended cannot take the shots and must stay in the penalty box or in the dressing room.
  • Once named, players may only be replaced in the event of injury or penalty.
  • The substitute stand-by player is placed last in the shooting order.
  • The goalkeepers will defend the same goal, as determined by the Referee. The goalkeepers from each team may be changed after each shot.
  • The players of both teams will take the shots alternately until a decisive goal is scored.
  • The decisive goal will be credited to the player who scored and to the goalkeeper concerned.

Tie breaking formula

The tie-breaking system for two teams with the same number of points in a standing will be the game between the two teams, the winner of the game taking precedence. 

Due to the fact that the three-point system does not allow a game to end in a tie, then the following tie breaking procedure is applicable when three or more teams are tied in points in a Championship standing.

Should three or more teams be tied on points, then a tie breaking formula will be applied as follows, creating a sub-group amongst the tied teams. This process will continue until only two or none of the teams remain tied. In the case of two tied teams remaining, the game between the two would then be the determining tie-breaker as the game could not end as a tie. In the case of none of the teams being tied, the criteria specified in the respective step applies.

Step 1: Taking into consideration the games between each of the tied teams, a sub-group is created applying the points awarded in the direct games amongst the tied teams from which the teams are then ranked accordingly.

Step 2: Should three or more teams still remain tied in points then the better goal difference in the direct games amongst the tied teams will be decisive. 

Step 3: Should three or more teams still remain tied in points and goal difference then the highest number of goals scored by these teams in their direct games will be decisive

Step 4: Should three or more teams still remain tied in points, goal difference and goals scored then the results between each of the three teams and the closest best-ranked team outside the sub-group will be applied. In this case the tied team with the best result (1. points, 2. goal difference, 3. more goals scored) against the closest best ranked-team will take precedence

Step 5: Should the teams still remain tied, then the results between each of the three teams and the next highest best-ranked team outside the sub-group will be applied.

Step 6: Should the teams still remain tied after these five steps have been exercised then Sport considerations will be applied and the teams will be ranked by their positions coming into the Championship (seeding).

Final Ranking / World Ranking

The gold medal game and bronze medal game will determine the final ranking for the top-4 teams. The eliminated teams from the preliminary round plus the losing teams of the quarter-finals will be ranked following their positions in the groups preceding the quarter-final round.

The final ranking will follow the following procedure:
1. Higher position in the group,
2. Higher number of points,
3. Better goal difference,
4. Higher number of goals scored for,
5. Better seeding number

The IIHF World Ranking will be produced after the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. It is based on the rankings of the four most recent IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships and of the last Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament (including qualification tournaments).

Click here for more information on the IIHF World Ranking system.

More information

Click here to download the IIHF’s Rule Book and Sport Regulations.

Player Entry

  • The teams submit the names of the participating players at the first Championship Directorate.
  • The maximum number of players allowed on a Team Registration Form at the beginning of the World Championship is 22 skaters and 3 goalies. The minimum is 15 skaters and 2 goalies.
  • At the first Directorate meeting, the teams must name at least the minimum number of 15 skaters and 2 goalkeepers. The players entered must be present at the championship venue by the time of the Directorate meeting.
  • The remaining players up to the allowed maximum of 22 + 3 must be submitted for players' control two hours before any of the following championship games. Players can be added throughout the tournament until the roster is full.
  • During a game, a team may enter (dress) 20 skaters and 2 goalkeepers on the Official Game Sheet, with the emergency goalkeeper standing by if a goalie entered to the Official Game Sheet is unable to play.



To play in the IIHF World Championship, the Olympic ice hockey tournament and the qualifications to these competitions, players must fulfill the following qualification requirements:


- Each player must be under the jurisdiction of an IIHF member national association

- Each player must be a citizen of the country he represents. 

Acquiring a new national eligibility (The ‘two-year’ case)

When a player has changed his citizenship or has acquired another citizenship and wants to participate for the first time in an IIHF competition representing his new country he must:

- Prove that he has participated for at least two consecutive hockey seasons and 16 consecutive months (480 days) in the national competitions of his new country after his 10th birthday during which period he has neither transferred to another country nor played ice hockey within any other country.

- Have an international transfer card (ITC) that shows the transfer to the national competition of his new country and which was approved and dated at least two years before the start of the IIHF competition in which he wishes to participate.


Change of national eligibility (The ‘four-year’ case)

A player, who has previously participated in IIHF competition, can switch national eligibility (but only once in a player's life) if:

- He is a citizen of the new country of his choice.

- He has participated for at least four consecutive years (1460 days) in the national competitions of his new country, during which period he has neither transferred to another country nor played ice hockey within any other country and has not played for his previous country in an IIHF competition during this four year period.

- He has an international transfer card (ITC) that shows the transfer to the national competition of his new country and which was approved and dated at least four years before the start of the IIHF competition in which he wishes to participate.



The 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will be held for the 3rd time in Cologne and the 2nd time in Paris. The tournament days are from 5th to 21st of May in 2017. The preliminary round will be played in both cities. The top-four teams in each preliminary round group will advance to the Quarter-Finals. The Quarter-Finals will be played across the groups, if Germany and France play each other in the Quarter-Finals, no cross-overs. The Semi-Finals, the Bronze Medal and Gold Medal Game will be played in Cologne.


LANXESS arena, Cologne

Situated in the heart of Cologne, Germany‘s media capital in the River Rhine Valley, the LANXESS arena offers a new dimension for indoor events. With a future oriented concept it operates one of the largest, sophisticated and most frequented multi-purpose arenas in Europe. The spacious glass construction, which is towered over by a 76-metre-high steel structure, the LANXESS arena offers well over 170 various events per year with a compact program of superstars, large events from the international music, show, sports scene and also business events from 10 to 20,000 visitors. The LANXESS arena also has the ideal prerequisites for staging events of all kinds by a variable room portioning concept.

Total space: 83 700 sq m
Space indoor: 4 000 sq m
Space outdoor: 10 000 sq m
Exhibition space: 6 000 sq m
Number of people indoor: 20,000 
Ice Hockey: 18,500

AccorHotels Arena, Paris

The AccorHotels Arena is the largest multi-purpose arena in France with a seating capacity of 13,437 for hockey, and 12 million inhabitants in a radius of 100 km. The arena has been renovated in 2015.

This arena is one of the most popular sports-culture centres sought after by many international artists, games, concerts and other events. In 2017 it will also welcome host to the 25th IHF Men’s World Championship of Handball.


One of the five biggest arenas in the world
30 different setups (sport events, concerts)
130 events by year
Entirely renovated in October 2015.


Total space renovated: 80 000 sq m
Hospitalities area: 4 000 sq m
Number of people indoor: 20,300 seats
Ice Hockey setup: 13,437

Hospitality Cologne

Please find here all hospitality offers for Cologne during the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

Together for 2017


Organizing the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Word Championship together, Germany and France have broken new ground. For the first time two countries jointly applied for the tournament. They have planned and organized it together, putting in practice every day its motto “Together for 2017”.


Sweden and Finland also organized the 2012 and 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Word Championships together. They had not applied together but the tournaments were joined together later.

Germany and France were chosen at the IIHF Annual Congress in 2013, a symbolic year. 50 years before the so called Elysee-Agreement had been signed, also known as German-French treaty of friendship. 18 years after World War II had ended the former enemies set the foundation for the process of reconciliation and friendship.

The organization of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship has been coined by the spirit of the friendship between the two nations. The collaboration works perfectly, the countries even complement each other. Luc Tardif, president of the French Ice Hockey Federation (FFHG) and vice president of the Organizing Committee of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, once summed it up it in pretty words: “German flair for organization plus French fantasy – it’s a perfect mixture.”

In this millennium Germany organized in 2001 and 2010 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships. In Paris, the last IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship took place in 1951.

Mascots - Asterix & Obelix


Asterix and Obelix, the indomitable Gauls and two main characters of the world-famous Asterix comic series, act as mascots of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, jointly organized by Germany and France in Cologne and Paris. Everybody knows Asterix and Obelix. Many people ask however what these heroes of a comic book have to do with ice hockey.


The successful battle that the famous Gauls fight against the superior Roman Empire should encourage the smaller teams on paper not to accept the supremacy of the leading ice hockey nations and to challenge them bravely.

Luc Tardif, president of the French Ice Hockey Federation (FFHG) and vice president of the Organizing Committee of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, once said:  “For our fans and the teams which participate in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, Asterix and Obelix serve as role models to show: Nothing is impossible.” Anyhow, Asterix and Obelix are sportsmen. In Volume 12 of their adventures Asterix participates in the Olympic Games in Ancient Greece. There of course he goes without the magic potion of the druid Getafix!

Asterix and Obelix are very well-liked since many years in France and Germany which are clearly the strongest markets for the adventures of our 2 heroes. The global production of the 36 volumes so far amounts to more than 370 million copies. They have been translated into more than 111 languages and dialects, inter alia “Kölsch”, the dialect of Cologne.

Past Medallists

IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships
Year Gold Silver Bronze Venue
1920  Canada USA Czechoslovakia Antwerp (Olympics)
1924  Canada USA Great Britain Chamonix (Olympics)
1928  Canada Sweden Switzerland St. Moritz (Olympics)
1930  Canada Germany Switzerland Chamonix, Berlin, Vienna
1931  Canada USA Austria Krynica
1932  Canada USA Germany Lake Placid (Olympics)
1933  USA Canada Czechoslovakia Prague
1934  Canada USA Germany Milan
1935  Canada Switzerland Great Britain Davos
1936  Great Britain Canada USA Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Olympics)
1937  Canada Great Britain Switzerland London
1938  Canada Great Britain Czechoslovakia Prague
1939  Canada USA Switzerland Basle, Zurich
1940-1946 No championships (World War II)
1947  Czechoslovakia Sweden Austria Prague
1948  Canada Czechoslovakia Switzerland St. Moritz (Olympics)
1949  Czechoslovakia Canada USA Stockholm
1950  Canada USA Switzerland London
1951  Canada Sweden Switzerland Paris
1952  Canada USA Sweden Oslo (Olympics)
1953  Sweden FR Germany Switzerland Zurich, Basle
1954  Soviet Union Canada Sweden Stockholm
1955  Canada Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Krefeld, Dortmund, Cologne
1956  Soviet Union USA Canada Cortina (Olympics)
1957  Sweden Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Moscow
1958  Canada Soviet Union Sweden Oslo
1959  Canada Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Prague, Bratislava
1960  USA Canada Soviet Union Squaw Valley (Olympics)
1961  Canada Czechoslovakia Soviet Union Geneva, Lausanne
1962  Sweden Canada USA Colorado Springs, Denver
1963  Soviet Union Sweden Czechoslovakia Stockholm
1964  Soviet Union Sweden Czechoslovakia Innsbruck (Olympics)
1965  Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Sweden Tampere
1966  Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Canada Ljubljana
1967  Soviet Union Sweden Canada Vienna
1968  Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Canada Grenoble (Olympics)
1969  Soviet Union Sweden Czechoslovakia Stockholm
1970  Soviet Union Sweden Czechoslovakia Stockholm
1971  Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Sweden Berne, Geneva
1972  Czechoslovakia Soviet Union Sweden Prague
1973  Soviet Union Sweden Czechoslovakia Moscow
1974  Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Sweden Helsinki
1975  Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Sweden Munich, Dusseldorf
1976  Czechoslovakia Soviet Union Sweden Katowice
1977  Czechoslovakia Sweden Soviet Union Vienna
1978  Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Canada Prague
1979  Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Sweden Moscow
1981  Soviet Union Sweden Czechoslovakia Gothenburg, Stockholm
1982  Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Canada Helsinki, Tampere
1983  Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Canada Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Munich
1985  Czechoslovakia Canada Soviet Union Prague
1986  Soviet Union Sweden Canada Moscow
1987  Sweden Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Vienna
1989  Soviet Union Canada Czechoslovakia Stockholm, Sodertalje
1990  Soviet Union Sweden Czechoslovakia Berne, Fribourg
1991  Sweden Canada Soviet Union Turku, Helsinki, Tampere
1992  Sweden Finland Czechoslovakia Prague, Bratislava
1993  Russia Sweden Czech Republic Dortmund, Munich
1994  Canada Finland Sweden Bolzano, Canazei, Milan
1995  Finland Sweden Canada Stockholm, Gavle
1996  Czech Republic Canada USA Vienna
1997  Canada Sweden Czech Republic Helsinki, Turku, Tampere
1998  Sweden Finland Czech Republic Zurich, Basle
1999  Czech Republic Finland Sweden Oslo, Lillehammer, Hamar
2000  Czech Republic Slovakia Finland St. Petersburg
2001  Czech Republic Finland Sweden Cologne, Hanover, Nuremberg
2002  Slovakia Russia Sweden Gothenburg, Karlstad, Jonkoping
2003  Canada Sweden Slovakia Helsinki, Turku, Tampere
2004  Canada Sweden USA Prague, Ostrava
2005  Czech Republic Canada Russia Vienna, Innsbruck
2006  Sweden Czech Republic Finland Riga
2007  Canada Finland Russia Moscow, Mytishi
2008  Russia Canada Finland Quebec City, Halifax
2009  Russia Canada Sweden Berne, Zurich-Kloten
2010  Czech Republic Russia Sweden Cologne, Mannheim, Gelsenkirchen
2011  Finland Sweden Czech Republic Bratislava, Kosice
2012  Russia Slovakia Czech Republic Helsinki, Stockholm
2013  Sweden Switzerland USA Stockholm, Helsinki
 2014  Russia Finland Sweden Minsk, Belarus
2015  Canada Russia USA Prague, Ostrava
2016  Canada Finland  Russia  Moscow, St. Petersburg
2017        Cologne, Paris



  All Olympic Ice Hockey Tournaments between 1920 and 1968 also counted as World Championships.
  In the Olympic years 1980, 1984 and 1988, no IIHF World Championships were staged.
IIHF Ice Hockey European Championships
Year Gold Silver Bronze Venue
1910  Great Britain Germany Belgium Les Avants
1911  Bohemia Germany Belgium Berlin
1912  Championship annulled
1913  Belgium Bohemia Germany Munich
1914  Bohemia Germany Belgium Berlin
1915-1920 No championships (World War I)
1921  Sweden Czechoslovakia (only two teams) Stockholm
1922  Czechoslovakia Sweden Switzerland St. Moritz
1923  Sweden France Czechoslovakia Antwerp
1924  France Sweden Switzerland Milan
1925  Czechoslovakia Austria Switzerland Strbske Pleso, Stary Smokovec
1926  Switzerland Czechoslovakia Austria Davos
1927  Austria Belgium Germany Vienna
1929  Czechoslovakia Poland Austria Budapest
1932  Sweden Austria Switzerland Berlin
  Berlin 1932 was the last separate IIHF European Championship event.
  European Championships medals were awarded to the European participants of the IIHF World Championships until 1991.

Volunteers Cologne

Volunteers Paris

Coaching Symposium


The 2017 IIHF International Coaching Symposium is organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the German Ice Hockey Association (DEB) and the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Organizing Committee.


Well-known international experts will speak in this symposium and provide you with information on current issues concerning long-term player development, leadership and off-ice training. This will cover most different areas of coaching studies and will create an interesting event.

The Symposium will be held in English with simultaneous translation (German).

Date: 13 – 14 May 2017

Deadline for Registration: 15 April 2017

Location / Hotel

Cologne Marriott Hotel
Johannisstrasse 76-80
50668 Cologne – Germany
Meeting-Room „Forum 2“

Cologne Marriott Hotel (Courtyard)
Dagobertstrasse 23
50668 Cologne – Germany

For longer stay, please contact the hotels directly. Day of arrival for participants with accommodation booked is the 12th May 2017 (three nights).


  • Attendance to all sessions
  • Valid for prolongation of coaches license in Germany
  • Lunches and coffee breaks during the conference
  • Registration package
  • Conference documents
  • One ticket each for the World Championship games:
    • #41 Italy vs. Germany (Saturday, 13 May / 20:15 GMT +2 / LANXESS Arena)
    • #43 Slovakia vs. USA (Sunday, 14 May / 16:15 GMT + 2 / LANXESS Arena)

For any questions concerning IIHF International Coaching Symposium, please contact the following address: [email protected]


Click here for the program.


Tom Renney

Thomas “Tom“ Renney is a Canadian ice hockey coach who has been the Head Coach of the Vancouver Canucks as well as the Edmonton Oilers. Currently he is the President and CEO of Hockey Canada.

Dr. Stephen Norris

Dr. Stephen Norris is a sport scientist, currently „performance conversationalist“ to Sport, Business and Military groups.

Paul Carson

Paul Carson is the Vice President of Hockey Development with Hockey Canada. Paul Carson co‐authored a series of 11 children’s illustrated hockey books entitled “Hockey the NHL Way”.

Tommy Boustedt

Tommy Boustedt is the General Manager of the Swedish Ice Hockey Association.

John Whitesides

John Whitesides, the Director of Health, Fitness and Wellness of the Boston Bruins, is in his 16th season as the Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Don Granato

Don Granato is currently Assistance Coach with the Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey team. Don Granato was previously Head Coach of the “USA Hockey National Team Development Program”.

Uwe Krupp

Uwe Krupp, former Head Coach of the German national team, is currently the Head Coach of the DEL team Eisbaren Berlin. He was the first German ice hockey player to win the Stanley Cup. In 2017 he will be inducted into IIHF Hall of Fame.

Alpo Suhonen

Alpo Suhonen has worked as a coach during five decades. In his early years he led Finland to World Juniors silver and bronze medals before coaching the men’s national team in the ‘80s. He had coaching stints in North America including becoming head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks and in Switzerland. Since 2012 he is the Sports Director of the Austrian Ice Hockey Association.

Jussi-Pekka Kurtti

A strength and conditioning as well as nutrition coach with the main focus on maximizing athletic performance and optimizing sport-specific body composition. Has served hundreds of clients which include many high-performance athletes from multiple sports, including ice hockey.

Melody Davidson

Melody Davidson has unrivalled expertise in the field of women’s ice hockey with Team Canada’s GM for the past decade. She has also worked as head coach with Canada’s national teams both on the U18 and the senior levels. She led her country to gold medal at both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games. She has been a long-time member of the IIHF’s Women Committee.

Participation fee

  • Accommodation excluded 479,00 EUR
  • Accommodation included (double room, 2 participants) 549,00 EUR
  • Accommodation included (single room) 649,00 EUR


Click here to register.

Media accreditation


Media accreditation for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Cologne, Germany and Paris, France closed on 3 February 2017.


For broadcast accreditation (Radio, TV, and websites with audio/video coverage) please contact Infront Sports & Media.

To book accommodation in the media hotels, click here.

Railway tickets for media between Cologne and Paris can be booked here: from Germany, from France.


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