2021 IIHF Men's Ice Hockey Championship
World Hockey Championship
2021 IIHF World Championship logo.jpg
original 2021 World Championship logo
Tournament details
Host country Flag of Latvia Latvia
Dates 21 May – 6 June
Teams 16
Venue(s) 2 (in 2 host cities)
2020 (cancelled)
2022

The 2021 IIHF World Championship will take place from 21 May to 6 June 2021.[1] It was originally scheduled 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] In January 2021, the IIHF decided to remove Belarus as a host due to security reasons.[3]

Venues[edit | edit source]

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

Riga
Arena Riga
Capacity: 10,300
Arena Riga A.jpg

Belarus hosting controversy[edit | edit source]

In the wake of the ongoing 2020–2021 Belarusian protests, several political groups, politicians and international entities, including the European Parliament and Krišjānis Kariņš prime minister of Latvia which is set to co-host the championship, have protested tournament matches being held in Belarus, and have called for Belarus to be stripped of co-hosting duties.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

In November 2020, Dzmitry Baskau, the president of the Belarus Ice Hockey Federation, was linked to death of protestor Raman Bandarenka.[10][11] On 16 November 2020 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia imposed a travel ban against Baskau "for an unspecified period" because of his alleged involvement in the killing of Bandarenka,[12] which would materially affect his ability to attend matches held in Riga. In January, the International Ice Hockey Federation declared an independent investigation into Baskau's actions.[13]

René Fasel, president of the IIHF, has stated "We will do everything possible for the world championship to take place in Minsk. We will make every effort."[14][15]

On 18 January 2021, the IIHF decided that the World Championship will not be played in Belarus.[3] Latvia will remain as a co-host for the time-being.[16]

Participants[edit | edit source]

Qualified as host

Automatic qualifier after the cancellation of the 2020 IIHF World Championship

Seeding[edit | edit source]

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.[17]

Group A

Group B

Preliminary round[edit | edit source]

The groups were announced on 20 May 2020.[17]

Group A[edit | edit source]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Flag of Russia.png Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Quarterfinals
2 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 21 May 2021. Source: iihf.com
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.

Group B[edit | edit source]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Flag of Canada.png Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Quarterfinals
2 Flag of Finland.png Finland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Flag of the United States.png United States of America 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Flag of Germany.png Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Flag of Latvia.png Latvia (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Flag of Norway.png Norway 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Flag of Italy.png Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 21 May 2021. Source: iihf.com
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.

References[edit | edit source]

  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 IIHF to move 2021 World Championship. IIHF.com (18 January 2021).
  4. EU Parliament’s letter on BELARUS to the IIHF
  5. Situation in Belarus. European Parliament resolution of 17 September 2020 on the situation in Belarus(2020/2779(RSP))
  6. Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation.
  7. Leuchanka joins calls for IIHF to strip Belarus of World Championship co-hosting rights.
  8. Ice Hockey: Belarus must meet 'specific requirements' to host World Championship. Deutsche Welle (14 January 2021).
  9. Karins still does not see it possible for Minsk to host 2021 Hockey World Championship (12 January 2021).
  10. ATR (13 January 2021). Additional IIHF Requirements for Belarus. Around the Rings.
  11. Pavitt, Michael (11 January 2021). Fasel pictured with Belarusian Ice Hockey President IIHF are investigating for role in death of political opponent. Inside the Games.
  12. Pro-govt athlete, official get Latvia’s travel ban. They may be involved in murder of Raman Bandarenka. Belsat.
  13. Q&A with the IIHF President (en).
  14. Ice hockey-IIHF president to meet Belarus' Lukashenko to discuss 2021 world championship - RIA.
  15. Lukashenko: Belarus ready to host Hockey World Championship if IIHF withstands pressure.
  16. IIHF won't hold men's worlds in Belarus. TSN (18 January 2021).
  17. 17.0 17.1 Groups for Belarus/Latvia 2021. iihf.com (20 May 2020).


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