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IIHF World Championship

All articles having to do with the multi-tiered annual IIHF World Championship tournament, on the Men's side.

IIHF Worlds: Russia and Slovakia Square Off for Gold

It's medal day at the 2012 IIHF World Championships. The Czechs and Finns play for bronze, while in the main event, Russia meets Slovakia with global hockey supremacy on the line.

IIHF World Championships: Semifinals Open Thread

It's semifinal time at the 2012 IIHF World Championships. Follow the action as Finland takes on Russia and the Czechs and Slovaks square off for hockey supremacy.

IIHF Annual Congress: Jamaica, Qatar Added to IIHF

The IIHF's Annual Congress provided some surprising news regarding new member nations, accepting Qatar as a full member and Jamaica as an associate member. Rene Fasel also delivered a defence of the IIHF's decision to host the 2014 World Championships in Minsk, Belarus, despite political pressure to move the event.

IIHF Quarterfinal Recap: Hockey Season's Best Day?

The IIHF World Championships quarterfinals provides everything a hockey fan could wish for: 4 consecutive highly competitive and emotionally destabilizing hockey games. Here's a recap of the 2012 edition that sent Slovakia, Russia, Finland and the Czech Republic on to the medal round.

IIHF Worlds: Quarterfinals Open Thread

It's quarterfinals day at the IIHF World Championships, featuring four games between the world's top eight hockey nations. Canada takes on Slovakia, Russia plays Norway, Finland faces the USA while Sweden and the Czechs face off in a rematch of last year's semifinal.

Norway Qualifies for 2014 Olympics in Sochi

The Polar Bears will be back at Sochi in 2014, as the Norwegian national men's hockey team qualified for the Olympics by reaching the quarterfinal at the 2012 IIHF World Championships. The finish ensures Norway a top 9 World Ranking, and leaves only two automatic berths open for potential suitors to claim on Tuesday.

IIHF World Championships: Time Running out on Denmark, Latvia, and France

The 2012 IIHF World Championships is entering its final week, with two days left of the preliminary round to play. Can Denmark avoid relegation, and can France or Latvia make a last push for a quarterfinal berth?

IIHF World Championships: What's Done, and What's Ahead

The IIHF World Championships enter their second week with a bang, with two key clashes to determine first place in each group. First the morning starts with Kazakhstan/USA and Italy/Czech Republic, before rewarding us with Finland/Canada and Sweden/Russia to end it off.

IIHF World Championships: Day Seven Open Thread

It's the end of the first week of the IIHF World Championships, and the differences between the top nations and the bottom ones are beginning to be clearly defined. There are some key battlegrounds emerging for the quarterfinal positions, so follow today's action on Puck Worlds to see how it unfolds!

IIHF World Championships: Day Six Open Thread

The preliminary round keeps chugging on at the IIHF World Championships with four more games on Wednesday. Catch the action and comment on the game here, or follow for updates.

IIHF World Championships: Day 5 Open Thread

It's Day 5 of the IIHF World Championships. Catch all the action and talk about it on Puck Worlds as it happens.

IIHF World Championships: Day 4 Open Thread

Day 4 of the 2012 IIHF World Championships sees Canada take on France, the Czechs facing Norway, Slovakia trying to find their first win against the USA, and neighbours Denmark and Sweden battling it out for points. Talk about the action here.

IIHF World Championships: Day 3 Open Thread

We're now into the third day of action at the 2012 IIHF World Championships, and each team will be playing in their second game of the tournament today. There are six games total, highlighted by Finland vs. Slovakia in Helsinki and Germany vs. Latvia in Stockholm, with early playoff positioning on the line.

IIHF Worlds Recap: Small Swedish Crowds Cause Price Slashing

Attendance issues have been a major topic so far at the 2012 IIHF World Championships. Find out how big of a reduction Swedish organizers are making in prices, as well as a recap of the first two days of on ice action here.

IIHF World Championships: Day 2 Open Thread

Day 2 of the 2012 IIHF World Championships features four games, including the debuts of Russia, Latvia, Switzerland, and Kazakhstan. In the late games, Canada takes on the USA in Helsinki while Sweden faces the Czechs in a tough test in Stockholm.

IIHF World Championships: Day 1 Open Thread

Six games kick off the 2012 IIHF World Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm. Get informed about the games and keep up with the action as it happens throughout the day.

IIHF World Championship Predictions

With the IIHF World Championships set to begin, Puck Worlds looks at the field and makes some predictions. Will gold go to hosts Finland, co-hosts Sweden, traditional powers Russia or Canada, or someone else?

2012 IIHF World Championships Preview: The Contenders

In our final IIHF World Championships preview, Puck Worlds looks at the top five ranked teams in the world, the most recent champions of the tournament. Here we preview Canada, Russia, Czech Republic, Sweden, and of course, the defending champion and hosts Finland.

2012 IIHF World Championships: The Pretenders

It's Part Two of our 2012 IIHF World Championships previews, having a look at the bubble teams, the ones likely to finish outside the medals but compete for a playoff spot. We feature Slovakia, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, and the USA.

2012 IIHF World Championships Preview: The Longshots

The 2012 IIHF World Championships begin on Friday, May 4 in Stockholm and Helsinki. Here's a preview of some of the teams for whom winning a medal is only a dream at this point, including Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Denmark, Belarus and France.

Easy Fix for Next Year's World Championship Groups

Usually, right after the final standings are determined, the IIHF releases next year's groups so fans can start planning their trips. Standard procedure, however, has caused the IIHF to consider alternative options, and the groups are as yet undetermined.

IIHF World Championship Final Standings

The 2011 IIHF World Championship is now finished. Here are the complete standings from the very top (Finland) to the very bottom (Mongolia).

Third Period Suomi Wave Leads Leijonat to Gold

After 16 years, Finland is once again the World Champions. Here's how their 6-1 victory over Sweden came about, and a look at the party the win has set off in one of the world's most passionate hockey countries.

IIHF WC: Rivals Finland, Sweden Go For Gold

And in the end, it is the age old Finland-Sweden rivalry that caps the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Bratislava, as the two neighbours battle for the gold medal. We've got a full analysis of the game, plus live updates here on Puck Worlds.

IIHF WC: Czechs and Russians Battle for Bronze

It's medal day at the 2011 IIHF World Championship, the culmination of the sixteen day long year end party in Bratislava, Slovakia. In the bronze medal game, last year's gold medal game is replayed between local favourites the Czech Republic, and the incredibly talented Russians.

Kyrgyzstan Joins IIHF, Argentina Recognized for Ice Hockey

The IIHF welcomed two new nations into the ice hockey's international community on Saturday. Read up on the development of the sport in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan and Argentina, who becomes the first recognized ice hockey nation form South America!

EU, United States Politicians Urge IIHF to Ditch Belarus 2014

At the 2011 IIHF Annual Congress, a letter was submitted signed by European Parliament member (and Hockey HOFer) Peter Statsny and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin calling for the IIHF to revoke the awarding of the 2014 IIHF World Championships to Belarus. Recent actions taken by Belarussian President Alexander Lukaschenko are the stated reason, and it puts the IIHF in an awkward spot.

IIHF Worlds: Semifinals Day Open Thread

The semifinals are set to go at the 2011 IIHF World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. The defending champion Czech Republic takes on Sweden, followed by Finland vs. Russia.

IIHF WC: Quarterfinals Day 2 Open Thread

The quarterfinals continue, and conclude today at the IIHF World Championships with one Nordic battle and, well, the biggest rivalry in the sport. Finland meets the surprising Norwegians in the first quarterfinal, and the winner will face the winner of the Canada vs. Russia quarterfinal on Friday.

IIHF WC: Quarterfinals Day 1 Open Thread

The playoffs are set to begin at the IIHF World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. Two quarterfinals run today, with the Czechs taking on the Americans, and Sweden meeting Germany.

IIHF Annual Congress Issues

Concurrent with the IIHF World Championship, the IIHF holds its Annual Congress to discuss items for both the present and future of international hockey. Here at Puck Worlds we have a run down of the issues that will likely be discussed.

2011 IIHF Worlds Quarterfinals Set

The quarterfinals for the 2011 IIHF World Championships are set. Find out who plays who, and when the games are, plus a brief look at the standings to date.