There’s a little over five weeks until the start of the World Championship in Finland and the organisers have announced that 5 EUROS from each ticket sold in April will be donated to support Ukraine.

In addition, 10 EUROS from each team’s day ticket sales that have already been sold will also be donated, which means around 80,000 EUROS will be donated to the Ice Hockey Federation of Ukraine.

Heikki Hietanen, the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship General Secretary, said: “Each and every euro is needed in Ukraine at the moment.

“We want to do our part and show our support to the Ukrainian ice hockey family. At the same time, this is a way for ice hockey fans to participate as well.”

The 16-team tournament takes place in Tampere and Helsinki from 13th to 29th May.

Great Britain are in Group B in Tampere, alongside Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden and the USA.

The games will be played at the newly-built 13,500-seater Tampere Deck Arena.

COVID-19 preparations update
The current pandemic situation looks fairly good in terms of the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

With the present information, the games will be played with a full capacity of fans in the audience. Basic cautionary measures are, however, in use including testing, social distancing, wearing of masks and good hand hygiene.

“Throughout the games, we will follow the health authorities’ guidelines,” added Hietanen.

“Our priority is to organize a safe tournament. We’re happy that at the moment it looks like we can do this with full arenas by practising basic caution.”

Click here to read more on the IIHF website.