International Ice Hockey Federation

2017 Worlds groups named

2017 Worlds groups named

Canada starts in Paris, Russia in Cologne

Published 25.05.2016 10:12 GMT+3 | Author Martin Merk
2017 Worlds groups named
Canada and France will be seeded in the same group in Paris, which will co-host the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship together with Cologne as the main venue. Photo: Minas Panagiotakis / HHOF-IIHF Images
The International Ice Hockey Federation has announced the groups of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship that will take place in Germany and France.

Defending champion Canada will start its campaign in Group B in Paris where they are seeded together with this year’s other finalist Finland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belarus, Norway, France and Slovenia.

Group A in Cologne includes this year’s host and bronze medallist Russia, which is ranked second in the 2016 IIHF Men’s World Ranking, Team USA, Sweden, Slovakia, Germany, Latvia, Denmark and Italy.

The groups are based on the 2016 IIHF Men’s World Ranking with minor amendments to take into consideration special requirements of the co-hosts since the event will be hosted in two countries.

Cologne, the largest city in the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region with a population of over 10 million people, will serve as the main venue for the event with its 18,500-seat LANXESS arena (formerly known as Kolnarena), which is the biggest indoor sport venue used for ice hockey in Europe. It will host 34 games including the Group A, two quarter-finals and all semi-final and medal games.

In Paris, the French capital with a population of over 12 million in the metropolitan area, the legendary arena at Bercy will host 30 games including all games of Group B and two quarter-final games. The arena was recently refurbished and extended into a state-of-the-art, 14,500-seat venue that will incorporate a large fan zone nearby.

The event will take place from 5th to 21st May 2017 at the two venues that are linked by the Thalys bullet train with a trip from downtown to downtown taking three-and-a-half hours.

The first stage of ticket sale has already started on with packages containing all games, all preliminary-round games and all final-round games at a selected venue.

The game schedule will be announced at a later date and day tickets and team packages will go on sale in the upcoming months, while single-game tickets will be available as of next spring.


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