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The Ice Hockey World Championship is an ice hockey competition of the International Ice Hockey Federation, not to be confused with the World Cup, which is played under National Hockey League rules.

The International Ice Hockey Championship is an annual tournament played by the best ice hockey teams. The International Ice Hockey Federation organizes the game.

Tournament history

The first tournaments, the Canadian team dominated. To give you an idea, between 1920 and 1932 they won the game six times.

Between 1940 and 1946, the tournament was not held during the Second World War.

The Canadians continued to dominate the tournament for the first few years after the tournament returned, but from 1954 onwards, the game became increasingly competitive. Czechoslovakia and Sweden improved the level of play, and the Soviet Union entered the competition for the first time.

Canadian hegemony was broken because of the ban on NHL professionals from participating in the tournament. Both the United States and Canada were harmed; the European teams, composed chiefly of amateurs (although some teams had dubious and contestable status) and were hardly affected by the ban. Many Canadians saw this decision as discriminatory.

During this period, the Soviets dominated the tournament, winning it nine times. In 1970 the FIHG allowed Canadians to choose nine professionals to play for their country and other professional leagues. However, the championship takes place simultaneously as the Stanley Cup, which made it impossible to call up the best players, who defended their clubs in the playoffs at the same time that the national team played in Europe. That decision was later revised and overturned, which sparked the Canadian boycott for seven years. During this period, the Soviets and the Czechoslovaks divided the tournaments, with the former being the highlight. The team won 22 games before the country ceased to exist in 1991.

In 1976, the federation’s federation’s new president decided to allow professionals into all teams, and Canada returned the following year. Not only this selection benefited, but all the others. The level of competition was so tall that not even the most experienced NHL players could dominate the tournament alone. Canada’s Canada’s first victory only came in 1994, 18 years after the FIHG decision and 33 years after the last Canadian triumph.

This championship takes place every year between April and May. As the tournament coincides with the start of the NHL playoffs, only players who do not play in the NHL or whose team has been eliminated can be selected to make up a national team.

Origins of competition

The International Ice Hockey Federations (IIHF), the sports federation that regulates ice hockey at an international level, was created at the instigation of Louis Magnus on May 15, 1908 in Paris, France, under the name International Hockey League on ice. In 1908, organized hockey was still relatively new. The first organized meeting took place on March 3, 1875, at the Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal. In 1887, four Montreal teams formed the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada (AHAC) and established a schedule of meetings. In 1893, Lord Stanley donated the Stanley Cup. It is first presented to the AAA of Montreal, champions of the AHAC, before being challenged during challenges launched by clubs approved by the trophy administrators. In 1905, the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association (AHA) was formed, bringing amateur and professional players to their teams. Its dissolution in 1909 resulted in the formation of the National Hockey Association. The professionalization of the sport continues, the National Hockey League (LNH), the most critical professional league in the world, seeing the lights of day in 1917.

In Europe, hockey began to develop from 1897, with the first real matches played in 1902. A year later, a five-team league, the first on the continent, was established in the UK under the leadership of BM "Peter» Patton. The first international tournament was held in Berlin, Germany, in November 1908. The European Championship, the predecessor to the World Championship, was the first official tournament for national teams. It was first organized in January 1910 in Les Avants, Switzerland. Great Britain won the title at the expense of Germany, Belgium, and the host countries. The championship was organized for five consecutive years before being suspended due to the First World War.