IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship is set to start from 21st May and will be played till 6th June
The IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will start from 21st May in Latvia, Europe. The Ice Hockey World Championships are an annual international men’s ice hockey tournament organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). First officially held at the 1920 Summer Olympics, it is the sport’s highest-profile annual international tournament. The IIHF was created in 1908 while the European Championships, the precursor to the World Championships, were first held in 1910. The 2021 Men’s Ice Hockey World Championships will be the 85th such event hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation. Teams will participate in several levels of competition. The competition will also serve as qualifications for division placements in the 2022 competition. The tournament was canceled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Initially, the tournament was scheduled to be held in Minsk, Belarus, and Riga, Latvia from 21 May to 6 June 2021. In January 2021, the IIHF chose to remove Belarus as the host, due to security concerns. The game schedule now follows mainly the original game schedule established several months ago before the tournament has been moved to be played in two venues in the Latvian capital of Riga. Arena Riga, which was built for the 2006 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship and is home to KHL team Dinamo Riga, will be the main venue and host Group B, two quarter-final games (including Latvia’s game if qualified), the semi-finals, and medal games.
The Olympic Sports Centre across the street will be converted into a 6,000-seat ice arena to host Group A and two quarter-final games. The 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will be played according to the usual format with 56 preliminary-round games followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and medal games. On Friday, 21 May 2021 host Latvia will start the tournament against top-seeded Canada at 20:15 local time at Arena Riga in Group B. Earlier that day Germany will be playing against Italy in the same group.
In Group A play it will be a clash between Russians and Czechs to open the tournament across the street at the Olympic Sports Centre. Belarus and Slovakia will play the evening game. The other teams in Group A are Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, and Great Britain, who will get involved the day after on Saturday, 22 May. Group B at Arena Riga also includes defending champion Finland, the United States, Norway, and Kazakhstan. At the moment, the tournament is set to be played without spectators. If Covid situations improve in Latvia and Government permission is granted, the IIHF together with the Local Organizing Committee would be prepared to initiate a ticketing offer within three days’ notice of government approval to host fans in the venues.
The IIHF Ice Hockey Championship has a host of live-streaming partners in various countries. Let’s take a look.
- NHL Network is the best place to live-stream the Ice Hockey Championship in the US. You can subscribe to a monthly pass at just 24.99 USD or a single-team annual pass at just 84.99 USD for the entire season.
- TSN Go will bring you the live-stream action from this IIHF championship in Canada. The monthly subscription cost is 19.99 CAD whereas you can also go for a 6-month prepaid subscription at just 99.95 CAD.
- Match TV is the ideal place to live-stream the Ice Hockey Championship in Russia. While the Match TV Premium monthly subscription costs 229 Russian Roubles, the annual one costs 2290 Russian Roubles.
- SVT, Sveriges Radio and TV4 will bring the live-stream of the tournament in Sweden.
- In Finland, the live-stream coverage will be brought to you by YLE.
- MySports will bring the live-stream action of the IIHF Ice Hockey Championship in Switzerland at just 25 CHF monthly.
- CyberGhost, NordVPN and ExpressVPN are your best bet to avert a geo-block in your location and get access to the best action from the world of ice hockey.
- Reddit is an excellent social platform and American discussion website that allows you to sign up for free, log in with your credentials, and watch the live stream of your favorite sports content by landing yourself at the relevant subreddits.