VENUES CONFIRMED FOR 2018 IIHF TOURNAMENTS

The venues have been decided for the 2018 World Championship tournaments at the IIHF’s annual Congress, which this year is being held in Cologne, Germany.

After promotion in Belfast this season, Great Britain Men are off to Budapest, Hungary for the World Championship Division 1 Group A tournament from 22nd to 28th April 2018.

GB Men will face Hungary, Kazakhstan and Poland, along with relegated teams Italy and Slovenia.

Great Britain Women will go to Bled, Slovenia for the World Championship Division 2 Group A from 7th to 13th April 2018.

After Congress voted to extend the top flight to 10 teams, it means there will be no relegated teams from this season’s tournament.

GB’s group will be Australia, DPR Korea, Netherlands and Slovenia, along with Mexico who were promoted from Division 2 Group B.

Ice Hockey UK were successful in their bid to host the Under-20 World Championship Division 2 Group A in Dumfries from 10th to 16th December 2017.

GB Under-20s will face Estonia, Japan, Netherlands and Romania, along with Korea who were promoted from Division 2 Group B this year.

GB Under-18s will travel to Tallinn in Estonia from 1st to 7th April 2018 for the World Championship Division 2 Group A.

They will face Estonia, Korea and Lithuania, along with Poland who were relegated from Division 1 Group B and Australia who were promoted from Division 2 Group B.

GB U18 Women will travel to Krynica, Poland for the World Championship Division 1 Group B.

They will come up against Australia, China, Denmark, France and Poland, with the tournament date still to be confirmed.

All tournament dates are still to be officially ratified and may be subject to change.