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2021 IIHF Men's Ice Hockey Championship
World Hockey Championship
2021 IIHF World Championship logo (2).webp
2021 World Championship logo
Tournament details
Host country Flag of Latvia Latvia
Dates 21 May – 6 June
Venue(s) 2 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.png Flag of Canada.png Canada (27th title)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 63
Goals scored 324 (5.14 per match)
Attendance 0 (0 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Canada Connor Brown
(16 points)
MVP Canada Andrew Mangiapane
2020 (cancelled)
2022

The 2021 IIHF World Championship (Latvian: 2021. gada Pasaules čempionāts hokejā) took place from 21 May to 6 June 2021.[1] It was originally to be co-hosted by Minsk, Belarus and Riga, Latvia, as the IIHF announced on 19 May 2017.[2] Their joint bid won by a very tight margin against the Finnish bid with the cities of Tampere and Helsinki.[2] On 18 January 2021 the IIHF decided to remove Belarus as a co-host due to security reasons.[3] On 2 February the IIHF voted to confirm Latvia as the sole host for the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.[4]

Due to COVID-19 pandemic protocols, the tournament will be held in a "bubble" behind closed doors with no spectators. Prior to the beginning of the tournament, and against objections by Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš and Minister of Health, Daniels Pavļuts, the Latvian parliament voted in favour of a notion ordering the government to develop a plan for allowing spectators who are either fully vaccinated or otherwise immune due to recent infection.[5]

Venues[]

The Minsk Arena was originally planned to be used for the Championship.

Riga Riga
Arēna Rīga Olympic Sports Centre
Capacity: 10,300 Capacity: 6,200
Arēna Rīga.webp Elektrum olimpiskais centrs.jpg

Belarus hosting controversy[]

Despite similar political opposition in 2014 when Belarus was the sole host of the IIHF World Championship, Belarus was to be the co-host for the 2021 IIHF Championship. However, in the wake of the ongoing 2020–2021 Belarusian protests, several political groups, politicians and international entities, including the European Parliament and Krišjānis Kariņš, the Prime Minister of Latvia, which was set to co-host the championship, protested tournament matches being held in Belarus, and called for the country to be stripped of co-hosting duties.[6][7][8][9][10][11] Several sponsors of the tournament reportedly threatened to withdraw from sponsoring the event if it took place in Belarus.[12][13][14]

On 18 January 2021, the IIHF, citing "safety and security issues," decided that the World Championship would not be played in Belarus.[3] Latvia would remain as a co-host for the time being, but the IIHF was considering whether to go with another site, due to COVID-19 constraints and the desirability for single-site travel. Both Denmark and Slovakia (the tournament hosts in 2018 and 2019 respectively) reportedly offered to step in as hosts.[3][15] Original tournament logo

Belarus flag controversy[]

Controversial flagpoles of the teams at the 2021 IIHF World Championship in Riga, Latvia

On 24 May 2021, following the Ryanair Flight 4978 incident, Latvian officials replaced the Belarusian state flag in Riga with the former flag defaced with the former coat of arms used by opposition groups, including at the 2021 IIHF World Championship display of flags, which was replaced by Mayor of Riga Mārtiņš Staķis and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs. As a result, Belarus expelled the entire Latvian embassy from their country.[16] The IIHF issued a statement protesting the replacement of the flag, and IIHF president René Fasel asked the mayor to remove the IIHF name, its flag and its symbols from such sites, or to restore the flag, insisting that the IIHF is an "apolitical sports organization".[17] In response, Staķis said he would remove the IIHF flags.[18][19] On 28 May 2021, Belarus opened criminal case against Staķis and Rinkēvičs for incitement to national hatred.[20]

Participants[]

Map of the countries participating at the 2021 IIHF World Championship

Qualified as host

Automatic qualifier after the cancellation of the 2020 IIHF World Championship

1 Pursuant to a December 2020 ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on doping sanctions, Russian athletes and teams are prohibited from competing under the Russian flag or using the Russian national anthem at any Olympic Games or world championships through 16 December 2022, and must compete as "neutral athlete[s]."[21] For IIHF tournaments, the Russian team will play under the name "ROC".[22]

Seeding[]

The seedings in the preliminary round are based on the 2020 IIHF World Ranking, as of the end of the 2019 IIHF World Championship, using the serpentine system with a swap between Canada and ROC to "accommodate special organizational needs".[23]

Group A

Group B

Rosters[]

Each team's roster consists of at least 15 skaters (forwards, and defencemen) and 2 goaltenders, and at most 25 skaters and 3 goaltenders. All 16 participating nations, through the confirmation of their respective national associations, had to submit a "Long List" no later than two weeks before the tournament, and a final roster by the Passport Control meeting prior to the start of tournament.

Summary[]

This tournament was notable for the amount of upsets which occurred in the preliminary round, including Denmark and Belarus' victory over Sweden, Kazakhstan's victory over Finland, Slovakia's victory over Russia, and Latvia's victory over Canada.[24]

Match officials[]

18 referees and linesmen were announced on 7 April 2021.[25][26]

Referees Linesmen

  • Flag of Austria Christoph Sternat
  • Flag of Belarus Maxim Sidorenko
  • Flag of Canada Oliver Gouin
  • Flag of the Czech Republic Antonín Jeřábek
  • Flag of the Czech Republic Martin Fraňo
  • Flag of the Czech Republic Robin Šír
  • Flag of Denmark Mads Frandsen
  • Flag of Finland Lassi Heikkinen
  • Flag of Finland Kristian Vikman

  • Flag of Germany André Schrader
  • Flag of Latvia Andris Ansons
  • Flag of Russia Roman Gofman
  • Flag of Russia Yevgeni Romasko
  • Flag of Slovakia Peter Staňo
  • Flag of Sweden Tobias Björk
  • Flag of Sweden Mikael Nord
  • Flag of Switzerland Michael Tscherrig
  • Flag of the United States Andrew Bruggeman

  • Flag of Austria Elias Seewald
  • Flag of Belarus Dmitri Golyak
  • Flag of Canada Dustin McCrank
  • Flag of the Czech Republic Daniel Hynek
  • Flag of the Czech Republic Jiří Ondráček
  • Flag of Denmark Andreas Krøyer
  • Flag of Finland Lauri Nikulainen
  • Flag of Finland Hannu Sormunen
  • Flag of France Nicolas Constantineau

  • Flag of Germany Jonas Merten
  • Flag of Latvia Dāvis Zunde
  • Flag of Russia Gleb Lazarev
  • Flag of Russia Nikita Shalagin
  • Flag of Slovakia Šimon Synek
  • Flag of Sweden Ludvig Lundgren
  • Flag of Sweden Emil Yletyinen
  • Flag of Switzerland David Obwegeser
  • Flag of the United States Brian Oliver

Mascot[]

The official mascot of the tournament was revealed in February 2020 by the IIHF. His name is Spiky the Hedgehog and he was voted by the fans in Belarus and Latvia. Hedgehog is very popular animal in the hosting countries and it represents the fighting spirit and determination of the Belarus and Latvian national hockey teams.[27]

Preliminary round[]

The groups were announced on 20 May 2020.[23] The schedule was released on 5 February 2021.[28]

Group A[]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 IHFR Flag ROC 7 5 1 0 1 28 10 +18 17 Quarterfinals
2 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 7 5 0 0 2 27 17 +10 15
3 Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic 7 3 2 0 2 27 18 +9 13
4 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia 7 4 0 0 3 17 22 −5 12
5 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 7 3 0 1 3 21 14 +7 10
6 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark 7 2 1 1 3 13 15 −2 9
7 Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom 7 1 0 1 5 13 31 −18 4[lower-alpha 1]
8 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus 7 1 0 1 5 10 29 −19 4[lower-alpha 1]
Source: IIHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
Notes:
  1. Welcome to Minsk & Riga in 2021. IIHF.com (22 June 2020).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Merk, Martin (19 May 2017). To Minsk & Riga in 2021!. IIHF.com.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 IIHF to move 2021 World Championship. IIHF.com (18 January 2021).
  4. Latvia confirmed as Worlds host. IIHF.com (2 February 2021).
  5. Latvian Parliament votes to allow fans at IIHF World Championship.
  6. EU Parliament’s letter on BELARUS to the IIHF
  7. Situation in Belarus. European Parliament resolution of 17 September 2020 on the situation in Belarus(2020/2779(RSP))
  8. Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation.
  9. Leuchanka joins calls for IIHF to strip Belarus of World Championship co-hosting rights.
  10. Ice Hockey: Belarus must meet 'specific requirements' to host World Championship. Deutsche Welle (14 January 2021).
  11. Karins still does not see it possible for Minsk to host 2021 Hockey World Championship (12 January 2021).
  12. Ice hockey sponsors threaten contract cancellation if championship stays in Belarus.
  13. 'Nivea' has refused to sponsor a world hockey championship in Belarus.
  14. ŠKoda Refused to Sponsor the 2021 World Ice Hockey Championship if It Is Held in Belarus.
  15. IIHF won't hold men's worlds in Belarus. TSN (18 January 2021).
  16. Belarus and Latvia expel diplomats in ice hockey flag furor (25 May 2021).
  17. Latvia and hockey body spar over Belarus opposition flag (25 May 2021).
  18. Ice Hockey Federation boss Fasel unhappy with Belarus flag switch (25 May 2021).
  19. Latvia removes ice hockey body's banner in row over Belarus flag swap (25 May 2021).
  20. Belarus opens criminal case against Latvian officials over ice hockey flag swap -Belta (28 May 2021).
  21. Wamsley, Laurel (17 December 2020). Russia Gets Its Doping Ban Reduced But Will Miss Next 2 Olympics.
  22. New jersey for Russians (2 May 2021).
  23. 23.0 23.1 Groups for Belarus/Latvia 2021. iihf.com (20 May 2020).
  24. Ellis, Steven. World Championship Roundup: Upsets Galore in Crazy Sunday.
  25. World Championship officials selected. iihf.com (7 April 2021).
  26. Competition officials. iihf.com (20 May 2021).
  27. https://www.sport.cz/hokej/ms-2021/clanek/2046364-ms-hokej-program-skupiny-tabulka.html
  28. Latvia opens Worlds vs. Canada. IIHF.com (5 February 2021).
21 May 2021
ROC IHFR Flag 4–3 Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic
Belarus Flag of Belarus.png 2–5 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia
22 May 2021
Denmark Flag of Denmark.png 4–3 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
United Kingdom Flag of Great Britain.gif 1–7 IHFR Flag ROC
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.png 2–5 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland
23 May 2021
United Kingdom Flag of Great Britain.gif 1–2 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 0–1 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus
Denmark Flag of Denmark.png 0–1 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland
24 May 2021
Slovakia Flag of Slovakia.png 3–1 IHFR Flag ROC
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.png 3–2 (OT) Flag of Belarus.png Belarus
25 May 2021
United Kingdom Flag of Great Britain.gif 2–3 (OT) Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 0–7 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
26 May 2021
ROC IHFR Flag 3–0 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
Belarus Flag of Belarus.png 3–4 Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom
27 May 2021
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 8–1 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 2–4 Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic
28 May 2021
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 4–1 Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom
Denmark Flag of Denmark.png 5–2 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus
29 May 2021
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.png 6-1 Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 1-4 IHFR Flag ROC
Slovakia Flag of Slovakia.png 2-0 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
30 May 2021
Belarus Flag of Belarus.png 0-6 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 3-1 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia
31 May 2021
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.png 2-1 (GWS) Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
ROC IHFR Flag 3-2 (GWS) Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
1 June 2021
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 6-3 Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom
Slovakia Flag of Slovakia.png 3-7 Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic
ROC IHFR Flag 6-0 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus

Group B[]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Flag of the United States.png United States of America 7 6 0 0 1 21 8 +13 18 Quarterfinals
2 Flag of Finland.png Finland 7 4 2 1 0 19 10 +9 17
3 Flag of Germany.png Germany 7 4 0 0 3 22 14 +8 12
4 Flag of Canada.png Canada 7 3 0 1 3 19 18 +1 10[lower-alpha 2]
5 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan 7 2 2 0 3 22 18 +4 10[lower-alpha 2]
6 Flag of Latvia.png Latvia (H) 7 2 0 3 2 15 16 −1 9
7 Flag of Norway.png Norway 7 2 1 0 4 17 21 −4 8
8 Flag of Italy.png Italy 7 0 0 0 7 11 41 −30 0
Source: IIHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.
Notes:
21 May 2021
Germany Flag of Germany.png 9–4 Flag of Italy.png Italy
Canada Flag of Canada.png 0–2 Flag of Latvia.png Latvia
22 May 2021
Norway Flag of Norway.png 1–5 Flag of Germany.png Germany
Finland Flag of Finland.png 2–1 Flag of the United States.png United States of America
Latvia Flag of Latvia.png 2–3 (GWS) Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan
23 May 2021
Norway Flag of Norway.png 4–1 Flag of Italy.png Italy
Kazakhstan Flag of Kazakhstan.png 2–1 (GWS) Flag of Finland.png Finland
Canada Flag of Canada.png 1–5 Flag of the United States.png United States of America
24 May 2021
Latvia Flag of Latvia.png 3–0 Flag of Italy.png Italy
Germany Flag of Germany.png 3–1 Flag of Canada.png Canada
25 May 2021
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 3–0 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan
Finland Flag of Finland.png 5–2 Flag of Norway.png Norway
26 May 2021
Kazakhstan Flag of Kazakhstan.png 3–2 Flag of Germany.png Germany
Canada Flag of Canada.png 4–2 Flag of Norway.png Norway
27 May 2021
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 4–2 Flag of Latvia.png Latvia
Finland Flag of Finland.png 3–0 Flag of Italy.png Italy
28 May 2021
Kazakhstan Flag of Kazakhstan.png 2–4 Flag of Canada.png Canada
Latvia Flag of Latvia.png 3–4 (GWS) Flag of Norway.png Norway
29 May 2021
Italy Flag of Italy.png 3-11 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan
Norway Flag of Norway.png 1-2 Flag of the United States.png United States of America
Germany Flag of Germany.png 1-2 Flag of Finland.png Finland
30 May 2021
Italy Flag of Italy.png 1-7 Flag of Canada.png Canada
Finland Flag of Finland.png 3-2 (OT) Flag of Latvia.png Latvia
31 May 2021
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 2-0 Flag of Germany.png Germany
Norway Flag of Norway.png 3-1 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan
1 June 2021
Canada Flag of Canada.png 2-3 (GWS) Flag of Finland.png Finland
Italy Flag of Italy.png 2-4 Flag of the United States.png United States of America
Germany Flag of Germany.png 2-1 Flag of Latvia.png Latvia

Playoff round[]

Bracket[]

 
QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
 
          
 
3 June
 
 
Flag of Finland.png Finland1
 
5 June
 
Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic0
 
Flag of Finland.png Finland2
 
3 June
 
Flag of Germany.png Germany1
 
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland2
 
6 June
 
Flag of Germany.png Germany (GWS)3
 
Flag of Finland.png Finland2
 
3 June
 
Flag of Canada.png Canada (OT)3
 
Flag of the United States.png United States of America6
 
5 June
 
Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia1
 
Flag of the United States.png United States of America2
 
3 June
 
Flag of Canada.png Canada4 Third place
 
IHFR Flag ROC1
 
6 June
 
Flag of Canada.png Canada (OT)2
 
Flag of the United States.png United States of America6
 
 
Flag of Germany.png Germany1
 

Final[]


6 June 2021
20:15
Finland Flag of Finland.png 2–3 OT
(1–0, 0–1, 1–1)
(OT: 0–1)
Flag of Canada.png Canada Arena Riga, Riga

Final standings[]

Pos Grp Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 B Flag of Canada.png Canada 10 4 2 1 3 28 23 +5 17 Champions
2 B Flag of Finland.png Finland 10 6 2 2 0 26 12 +14 24 Runners-up
3 B Flag of the United States.png United States of America 10 8 0 0 2 35 14 +21 24 Third place
4 B Flag of Germany.png Germany 10 4 1 0 5 27 23 +4 14 Fourth place
5 A IHFR Flag ROC 8 5 1 1 1 24 14 +10 18 Eliminated in
Quarter-finals
6 A Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 8 5 0 1 2 29 20 +9 16
7 A Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic 8 3 2 0 3 27 19 +8 13
8 A Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia 8 4 0 0 4 18 28 −10 12
9 A Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 7 3 0 1 3 21 14 +7 10 Eliminated in
Group stage
10 B Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan 7 2 2 0 3 22 18 +4 10
11 B Flag of Latvia.png Latvia (H) 7 2 0 3 2 15 16 −1 9
12 A Flag of Denmark.png Denmark 7 2 1 1 3 13 15 −2 9
13 B Flag of Norway.png Norway 7 2 1 0 4 17 21 −4 8
14 A Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom 7 1 0 1 5 13 31 −18 4
15 A Flag of Belarus.png Belarus 7 1 0 1 5 10 29 −19 4
16 B Flag of Italy.png Italy 7 0 0 0 7 11 41 −30 0
Source: IIHF
Rules for classification: 1) position in the group; 2) number of points; 3) goal difference; 4) goals scored; 5) seeding before tournament.[1]
(H) Host.

Broadcasting rights[]

These are the broadcasters for the 2021 IIHF World Championship.[2]

Country Broadcaster
Austria ORF
Belarus BTRC
Canada TSN
RDS
Croatia Arena Sport
Czech Republic ČT Sport
Denmark TV 2 Sport
Estonia ERR
Finland MTV3
C More
France L'Équipe
Georgia Silk Sport
Germany SPORT1
Hungary Sport 1
Italy DAZN
Israel Sport 1
Kazakhstan Qazsport
Latvia LTV
Norway V Sport
Poland TVP
Portugal Sport TV
Russia Channel One
Match TV
Slovakia RTVS
Slovenia RTV
Sweden SVT
Switzerland SRG SSR
Turkey Tivibu Spor
United Kingdom FreeSports
United States NHL Network

References[]

External links[]


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