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Who wins the World Ice Hockey Championships 2021?

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Ice Hockey World Championships 2021 – The Hockey Event of the Year

It seems that we will finally have some better luck sports-wise in 2021. After all, there are many interesting sports competitions scheduled for this year. Some of these will surely attract the attention of fans around the world. However, the Ice Hockey World Championships 2021 is one competition that will be in the focus of many fans around the globe. This unique hockey contest will be held in Latvia 21 May – 6 June 2021.

The Group Stage
The Ice Hockey World Championships 2021 will include 16 national teams in two groups which will also include the hosts Latvia. What is important to emphasize is that the seedings in the preliminary round are based on the 2020 IIHF World Ranking, as per the 2019 IIHF World Championship results, using the well known serpentine system. The competition will start with two groups A & B which were drawn in May 2020. Also, the first games will be on 21 May 2021.

Group A
In group A, there will be eight national teams that will face off for the puck in the Minsk Arena. Most notably the third-placed Russia from the Ice Hockey World Championships 2019 will be aiming to reach the top again. They will be facing their traditional rivals, the Czech Republic team which ended the previous World Championships just behind their Russian counterparts. Great Britain, Switzerland, Slovakia, Denmark, Sweden, and Belarus are the other teams that will play in this competitive group.

Group A

Group B
In group B, we will see another clash between from the 2019 finalists as the Champions Finland will face another challenge from Team Canada. The Great White North will head into this contest with a lot of motivation since they suffered a 3-1 defeat in the 2019 final by the Lions in Bratislava. Group B will also include Team USA, Germany, Norway, Kazhakstan, Italy and the co-host Latvia. All the games will be played in Riga, Latvia.

Group B

The format will be as in the previous years. The first 4 teams of each group will progress into the quarterfinals which will be based on the knockout system. Therefore, we may see some old rivals clashing in the early stages of the knockout stages.

Final Thoughts
All in all, there is a lot of excitement and expectation from the Ice Hockey World Championships 2021. Several teams have big expectations from this competition. Will we see the regular teams fighting for the top? Or some of the underdogs will manage to pull out a surprise. Perhaps some of the two hosting nations can utilize the advantage of playing on their home ice? Whatever happens, the Ice Hockey World Championships 2021 will surely bring some great competitive hockey games and hopefully, some gong shows too!

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