All systems go for 2017
All systems go for 2017
IIHF World Championship game schedule released
Click here for the link to the full schedule
The tournament opens on 5th May and runs through until the 21st. The 2017 IIHF Worlds get started at the main venue in Cologne with Sweden playing against 2016 bronze medalists Russia, followed by tournament hosts Germany taking on the United States.
Finland and Belarus will get the party started in Paris, ahead of an evening game featuring defending champions Canada and the Czech Republic. Team France will close out the games on Day 2 with its opening tilt against Norway. The preliminary round closes on 16th May, with the bronze and gold medal games taking place in Cologne on Sunday the 21st.
The World Championship Group A in Cologne consists of Team Russia, ranked second in the 2016 IIHF Men’s World Ranking plus Team USA, Sweden, Slovakia, Germany, Latvia, Denmark and Italy. Group B, playing in Paris, has 2016 gold medalist Canada facing off against Finland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belarus, Norway, France and Slovenia.
In Cologne's "LANXESS arena", the main venue of 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, 34 games will take place, including Group A, two quarter-finals, two semi-finals, the bronze medal and the gold medal games. The "AccorHotels Arena" in Paris will host 30 games: every Group B game and two quarter-finals. The cities of Cologne and Paris are interlinked by the Thalys bullet train with a trip from downtown to downtown taking just a little more than three hours.
Note: The quarter-finalists from Group A and B will cross-over to determine the semi-finalists. However and in any case, should Germany be qualified for the quarter-finals, they will play the evening game in Cologne and should France be qualified for the quarter-finals, they will play the evening game in Paris. Therefore - and only in this one possible event – if the final standings of the preliminary round groups resulted in a direct encounter of Germany and France, the quarter-finalists would not cross-over, but would play off among the four top-ranked teams of each group.
Ticket packages are currently on sale. Venue packages for the LANXESS arena in Cologne and the arena in Paris Bercy are available as well as group packages, a package for the final round or for the games of the final weekend in Cologne. Day tickets will become available during the third sales phase, the start of which to be announced in the coming weeks.
Click here to access the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Ticket Portal
For the first time spectators can have a detailed look at the individual seats of an IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship before buying tickets. This is made possible by means of a brand-new digital panoramic view, which shows the exact positions, angles and perspectives of the different seats in Cologne and Paris.
Click here for a tutorial of the panoramic view feature
The button “Tickets” on the official website www.iihfworlds2017.com gives access to ticket offers and the panoramic views of both venues. There is also another new feature: The tickets can be booked through the ticket app on the official Facebook page on www.facebook.com/iihfhockey. The International Ice Hockey Federation has more than 242,000 followers on Facebook.
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