HELSINKI, Finland – Canada has advanced to the quarter-finals at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, on the strength of a six win, one overtime loss record in the preliminary round, giving the Canadians first place in the Helsinki Group. Canada defeated Belarus 5-1 earlier Tuesday in its final game of the round robin.
Ryan O’Reilly (Clinton, Ont./Colorado, NHL) scored twice against Belarus, while Duncan Keith (Penticton, B.C./Chicago, NHL) added two assists and Cam Ward (Sherwood Park, Alta./Carolina, NHL) made 17 saves to earn his fourth win.
Canada will now face Slovakia in the quarter-finals on May 17 at 1 p.m. (Helsinki time)/6 a.m. ET, with the winner advancing to the semifinals against the winner of the Sweden/Czech Republic quarter-final, which will be played later on May 17 in Stockholm.
All of Canada’s games, all four quarter-finals, both semifinals and the medal games will be broadcast on TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcasters. Check your local listings for details in your area.
MEDAL ROUND SCHEDULE
Thursday, May 17 (all times Helsinki time)
Saturday, May 19
Sunday, May 20
Canada’s management for the world championship is comprised of general manager Kevin Lowe, Hockey Canada's vice-president of hockey operations and national teams Brad Pascall, and assistant general managers, Peter Chiarelli (Ottawa, Ont./Boston, NHL) and Dave Nonis (Burnaby, B.C./Toronto, NHL).
Canada’s coaching staff is led by head coach Brent Sutter (Red Deer, Alta.), along with assistant coaches Guy Boucher (Notre-Dame-du-Lac, Que./Tampa Bay, NHL) and Kirk Muller (Kingston, Ont./Carolina, NHL)
Canada’s world championship management has also been supported by members of Canada’s National Men’s Team management group, comprised of executive director Steve Yzerman (Nepean, Ont./Tampa Bay, NHL), Doug Armstrong (Sarnia, Ont./St. Louis, NHL), Ken Holland (Vernon, B.C./Detroit, NHL), Bob Nicholson (Penticton, B.C./Hockey Canada), Lowe and Pascall.
For more information on Hockey Canada, its teams, events and programs, please visitwww.HockeyCanada.ca.