2022 Ice Hockey World Championship

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July 1, 2022

The 86th Ice Hockey World Championship took place in Finland's capital Helsinki and the third largest city Tampere. The decision to host it was made during the 2017 Ice Hockey World Championship in Germany during the International Ice Hockey Federation Congress held on 19 May 2017. The semi-finals and final were played in Tampere. The Czechia entered the tournament with a 5-1 win against Great Britain on 14 May 2022 in Tampere. The championship was won by host Finland 4–3 in extra time after the final match against Canada on 29 May 2022. With the victory of home team Finland, its captain Valtteri Filppula became the first Finn to become a member of the prestigious Triple Gold Club. Third place was taken by the Czech national team, beating the USA 8:4 on the same day. Great Britain and Italy were relegated. On February 28, 2022, the Finnish ice hockey federation demanded that the national teams of Russia and Belarus be immediately expelled for invading Ukraine. Russia and Belarus were replaced by representatives of France and Austria. The Hartwall company ended its partnership with the arena in Helsinki due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, because the arena is run by Russian oligarchs. Therefore, the hall was renamed Helsinki Halli and the championship is held in the Helsinki Ice Hall arena.

Selection of host country

The decision to host the 85th Ice Hockey World Championship in Finland was made based on the vote of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Congress on May 19, 2017 in Cologne. Finland was the only candidate to host the 86th Ice Hockey World Cup. Finland already submitted a bid to host the Ice Hockey World Championship in 2021, but then lost to Belarus and Latvia. Finland is hosting the world championship for the ninth time.

Stadiums

Game System

Sixteen participants are divided into two groups of 8 teams each. Within the group, everyone competes against everyone. 3 points are awarded for a victory in regular time, 2 points for a victory after extra time or separate raids, 1 point for a loss after extra time or separate raids and 0 points for a loss in regular playing time. The four teams with the highest number of points from each group advance to the playoff quarterfinals. For the teams in fifth to eighth places in the groups, the tournament will end. Both teams from the eighth place will automatically be relegated to the 1st division.

Basic groups

The teams were divided into basic groups according to the IIHF ranking for 2021. Russia was originally supposed to be in the group with Finland instead of the USA, but in this case the organizers used the option to change one opponent. Russia and Belarus will not participate in the WC because of the invasion of Ukraine. France and Austria will replace Russia and Belarus.

Group A – Helsinki

Table

Matches

All match times are given in Central European Summer Time (UTC+02).

Group B – Tampere

Table

Matches

All match times are given in Central European Summer Time (UTC+02).

Playoffs

Spider

Opponents for the semi-finals were determined from the winners of the quarter-finals according to the overall order of the basic groups (according to group placement, number of points achieved, difference in scores, higher number of goals scored, order in the IIHF rankings), when the highest-placed team meets the lowest-placed team and the second team runs into a third team. All match times are given in Central European Summer Time (UTC+02).

Quarterfinals

Semifinals

Match for 3rd place

Finale

Final Order

Individual award

Jussi Olkinuora from Finland was declared the best goalkeeper of the World Cup (and at the same time the most valuable player of the tournament), the best defender was his compatriot Mikko Lehtonen, the best forward