MOSCOW, RUSSIA – All 16 teams are now confirmed for the 2008 IIHF World Championship in Canada, the first time this tournament will be held in Canada.
The 2008 event will be held in Quebec City, QC and Halifax, NS, with Team Canada playing its Preliminary and Qualifying Round games in Halifax.
The teams which will compete for gold in 2008 are:
In late May, the IIHF will finalize the schedule for the 2008 IIHF World Championship along with the 2007 IIHF World Championship Host Committee, including confirming the sites for all four preliminary round groups. As the host country, Canada can place two of the four groups into the venues of its choice. Canada’s group will play the Preliminary Round and Qualifying Round in Halifax, NS.
Groups will be set based on the revised IIHF World Ranking and not solely on countries’ results at the 2007 IIHF World Championship. The IIHF World Ranking attributes points to countries based on results at World Championships and Olympic Winter Games over a period of four years.
Going into the 2007 World Championship, based on revised statistics for the 2007 rankings, Canada is ranked fourth, behind Sweden, the Czech Republic and Finland. Russia, Slovakia, USA and Switzerland make up the top eight teams.
2008 IIHF World Championship in Canada - Canada will be hosting the IIHF World Championship, for the first time ever, in May 2008 in Halifax and Quebec City.