Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Canada begins defence of World Championship May 2nd

It will mark the first time that the World Hockey Championships are played in Canada, and on May 2nd in Halifax, Team Canada will step onto home ice to defend their title.

The International Ice Hockey Federation released its Championship schedule on Monday and the tournament will feature games played in both Halifax and Quebec City.

Halifax will be home base for Canada for seven games in the tournament including a quarter final if all goes well. Should disaster not strike Canada's hopes, they will then move on to Quebec City for the semi finals and if the Hockey Gods are cooperating, the gold medal game on May 18th.

Canada has been placed in Group B, sharing space with the USA, Latvia and Slovenia.

Canada's schedule looks like this, with all games played at the Metro Centre in Halifax.

May 2nd vs Slovenia
May 4th vs Latvia
May 6th vs USA

Three Qualification/Relegation games between May 8 and 13

And a Quarter final on May 14

The Semi finals move on to Quebec City on May 16

With the Gold Medal Game on May 18th

The Full IIHF 2008 World Championship schedule can be found here.

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