Canada to Face Slovakia in Quarter-Finals at 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship
May 15, 2012

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.


  • Thursday, May 17 (all times Helsinki time)

  • Local ET Game Teams Location
  • 1 p.m. 6 a.m. Quarter-final (H1) Canada vs. (H4) Slovakia Helsinki, Finland
  • 2:45 p.m. 8:45 a.m. Quarter-final (S1) Russia vs. (S4) Norway Stockholm, Sweden
  • 6:30 p.m. 11:30 a.m. Quarter-final (H2) USA vs. (H3) Finland Helsinki, Finland
  • 8:15 p.m. 2:15 p.m. Quarter-final (S2) Sweden vs. (S3) Czech Republic Stockholm, Sweden

  • Saturday, May 19

  • Local ET Game Teams Location
  • 2:30 p.m. 7:30 a.m. Semifinal To be determined Helsinki, Finland
  • 6:30 p.m. 11:30 a.m. Semifinal To be determined Helsinki, Finland

  • Sunday, May 20

  • Local ET Game Teams Location
  • 4 p.m. 9 a.m. Bronze medal To be determined Helsinki, Finland
  • 8:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Gold medal To be determined Helsinki, Finland

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.

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