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From 2012 a new championship format is introduced and 16 teams will play in two preliminary round groups with eight teams in each. The top four teams in each preliminary round group will advance to the quarterfinals.

The teams that finish last in each group will be relegated to Division I. Teams placed 5-8 will have no more games.

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Greg Ireland is the new coach of team Italy

Following the resignation of Clayton Beddoes at the beginning of March, Italian Federation announced Greg Ireland as new coach of national team. Ireland, 54, from Orangeville, Ontario, currently the coach of HC Bolzano, start his work with the National team as soon as the emergency of the COVID 19 virus will pass. After the announcement of the IIHF of the cancellation of the World Top Division, the next commitment for team Italy is the Olympic qualifying tournament at the end of August in Riga, Latvia.

(22 Mar 2020)
 

Clayton Beddoes leaves Italy national team

Italian Federation announces Canadian coach Clayton Beddoes,49, resigned today with the national team for "differences in view" with the board. Beddoes was appointed as headcoach of Italy in 2017, leading the Azzurri at a unexpecting stay in the Top Division. Current assistant coaches Riku-Petteri Lehtonen and Giorgio De Bettin, along with video-coach Diego Scandella, remain in the coaching-staff and will lead the training camp in Bolzano starting next April 13 for the preparation to World Championship. Last January Beddoes was fired by Bolzano Foxes

(03 Mar 2020)
 

Tampere will host IHWC 2022

The city of Tampere will be the main venue for IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2022, with Helsinki as secondary place.
The under-construction 15.000 places "Tampere Deck Arena" will be the rink for the preliminary rounds, two quarter finals, the semi finals and the final.

(09 Aug 2019)
 

Slovakia, USA and Canada wins pre-WHC games

With the World Championship three days away three tournament preparing games was played today. The World Championship host Slovakia beat Norway 3-2 in overtime. USA beat Germany 5-2 and Canada beat Austria 7-5 (7-6 after overtime).

(07 May 2019)
 

Belarus changes Head Coach

After three losses in the opening of the World Championship Belarus changes coach. Sergei Pushkov replaces Dave Lewis.

(08 May 2018)
 

World Championship schedule

The 2018 World Championship schedule is now available here. The tournament is played in Denmark May 4-20.

(13 Aug 2017)
 

Miroslav Šatan named new GM of Slovakia

Miroslav Šatan is the new GM of Slovakia national team. The former hockey player signed a one-year contract with an option for the next one.

"I am glad that Miro has agreed with our offer. We believe that this is the best opportunity for Slovak hockey" said President Martin Kohút.

(29 Jun 2017)
 

Sweden will play in Belarus

Belarus and Sweden will play two friendly games in preparation for World Championship 2017. Both games will be held in Grodno, at the Ice Sports Palace, on on Friday and Saturday, 21 and 22 April 2017

(17 Jan 2017)
 

Gennady Tsygurov passed away

Former Russian coach Gennady Tsygurov passed away at 75. Known for winning titles of second division - with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod in 2003, MVD in 2005 and Traktor Chelyabinsk in 2006 - Tsygurov coached Traktor, Avangard Omsk, Kazan and Lada during the career. In 1995-1996 and from 1998 to 2000 was assistant coach of Russia National Team. In 1999 he lead Russia U20 to the victory in WJC defeating Canada 3-2 at overtime in Winnipeg, in front of 13.000 spectators. He was also assistant coach of Kazakhstan in 3 World Championships and at Olympics in Turin 2006

(15 Dec 2016)
 

Swedish NHL players join the WC team

Forward Andre Burakovsky and defenseman Mattias Ekholm joins the Swedish World Championship squad. Nicklas Bäckström, Johnny  Oduya and Filip Forsberg says no to participating.

Defender John Klingberg might join the team later is the doctors let him.

(13 May 2016)
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