2014 IIHF World Championship

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2014 IIHF World Championship
2014 IIHF World Championship.png
Tournament details
Host country  Belarus
Dates 9–25 May
Teams 16
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
2013
2015
Volat, the official mascot of the tournament.

2014 IIHF World Championship will be hosted by Belarus in its capital, Minsk. Sixteen national teams will compete in two venues, the Minsk-Arena and Chizhovka-Arena. It will be the first time Belarus has hosted the tournament, whose section as host was the subject of debate, with some politicians in both Europe and the United States calling for the IIHF to move locations.

Host selection[edit]

On 8 May 2009 the Belarusian bid was successful and got 75 votes in the race for hosting the 2014 IIHF World Championship. The application with the slogan “Welcome to the young hockey country” beat out those from Hungary (24 votes), Latvia (3), and Ukraine (3).[1]

The two main venues listed as hosts for the ice hockey teams are Minsk-Arena (capacity around 15000) and Chizhovka-Arena (capacity around 8000). The larger arena was completed and opened in 2010, whereas construction of the smaller one was completed in 2012.

Bus in Minsk in 2012 advertising the 2014 World Championships

The selection of Belarus as hosts has caused some controversy (Minsk2014 Campaign). On 11 April 2011, United States Senator Dick Durbin and Representative Michael Quigley urged the IIHF to move the World Championships to another location, citing concerns over the authoritarian government of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. Lukashenko's actions against humanity have resulted in numerous sanctions placed on himself and 157 of his associates by the European Union and United States. Senator Durbin and Representative Quigley were supported by former Slovak ice hockey player and current Member of the European Parliament Peter Stastny.[2] However, the IIHF has remarked that its statutes do not allow it to discriminate on political grounds, and spokespersons for the Latvian and Lithuanian ice hockey federations have stated that they have no desire for "mixing politics with sports".[3]

On 16 January 2012 President Lukashenko announced that any foreigners who want to attend the World Championships will not need a visa to enter Belarus, or the medical insurance required for entry. The only documentation required will be an original or electronic copy of a ticket to a game.[4]

Venues[edit]

Minsk Minsk
Minsk-Arena
Capacity: 15,000
Chizhovka-Arena
Capacity: 8,000
Панорама Минск-Арены.JPG ChizhovkaArenaArt.jpg

Participants[edit]

* = Automatic qualifier after a top 14 placement at the 2013 IIHF World Championship
^ = Qualified through winning a promotion at the 2013 IIHF World Championship Division I
= Qualified as host

Rosters[edit]

Each team's roster consists of at least 15 skaters (forwards and defencemen) and two goaltenders, and at most 22 skaters and three goaltenders. All sixteen participating nations, through the confirmation of their respective national associations, have to submit a roster by the first IIHF directorate meeting.

Officials[edit]

The IIHF selected 16 referees and 16 linesmen to work the 2014 IIHF World Championship. They were the following:[5]

Seeding and groups[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

The schedule was released on 5 September 2013.[6]

     Team advances to the Playoff round
     Team relegated to Division I A

All times are local (UTC+3).

Group A[edit]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
 Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Norway 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Denmark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 May 2014
16:45
France  16:45  Canada Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
9 May 2014
20:45
Slovakia  20:45  Czech Republic Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
10 May 2014
12:45
Italy  12:45  Norway Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
10 May 2014
16:45
Sweden  16:45  Denmark Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
10 May 2014
20:45
Canada  20:45  Slovakia Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
11 May 2014
12:45
France  12:45  Italy Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
11 May 2014
16:45
Norway  16:45  Denmark Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
11 May 2014
20:45
Sweden  20:45  Czech Republic Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
12 May 2014
16:45
Slovakia  16:45  France Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
12 May 2014
20:45
Czech Republic  20:45  Canada Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
13 May 2014
16:45
Italy  16:45  Denmark Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
13 May 2014
20:45
Norway  20:45  Sweden Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
14 May 2014
16:45
Czech Republic  16:45  Italy Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
14 May 2014
20:45
Slovakia  20:45  Norway Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
15 May 2014
16:45
Canada  16:45  Denmark Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
15 May 2014
20:45
Sweden  20:45  France Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
16 May 2014
16:45
Canada  16:45  Italy Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
16 May 2014
20:45
Sweden  20:45  Slovakia Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
17 May 2014
12:45
France  12:45  Norway Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
17 May 2014
16:45
Denmark  16:45  Czech Republic Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
17 May 2014
20:45
Slovakia  20:45  Italy Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
18 May 2014
16:45
Canada  16:45  Sweden Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
18 May 2014
20:45
Czech Republic  20:45  Norway Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
19 May 2014
16:45
Denmark  16:45  France Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
19 May 2014
20:45
Italy  20:45  Sweden Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
20 May 2014
12:45
Norway  12:45  Canada Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
20 May 2014
16:45
Denmark  16:45  Slovakia Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
20 May 2014
20:45
Czech Republic  20:45  France Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk


Group B[edit]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
 Finland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 United States 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Latvia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Belarus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Kazakhstan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 May 2014
16:45
Switzerland   16:45  Russia Minsk-Arena, Minsk
9 May 2014
20:45
Belarus  20:45  United States Minsk-Arena, Minsk
10 May 2014
12:45
Kazakhstan  12:45  Germany Minsk-Arena, Minsk
10 May 2014
16:45
Finland  16:45  Latvia Minsk-Arena, Minsk
10 May 2014
20:45
United States  20:45   Switzerland Minsk-Arena, Minsk
11 May 2014
13:45
Germany  13:45  Latvia Minsk-Arena, Minsk
11 May 2014
17:30
Belarus  17:30  Kazakhstan Minsk-Arena, Minsk
11 May 2014
21:00
Finland  21:00  Russia Minsk-Arena, Minsk
12 May 2014
16:45
Switzerland   16:45  Belarus Minsk-Arena, Minsk
12 May 2014
20:45
Russia  20:45  United States Minsk-Arena, Minsk
13 May 2014
16:45
Germany  16:45  Finland Minsk-Arena, Minsk
13 May 2014
20:45
Kazakhstan  20:45  Latvia Minsk-Arena, Minsk
14 May 2014
16:45
Switzerland   16:45  Germany Minsk-Arena, Minsk
14 May 2014
20:45
Russia  20:45  Kazakhstan Minsk-Arena, Minsk
15 May 2014
16:45
United States  16:45  Latvia Minsk-Arena, Minsk
15 May 2014
20:45
Finland  20:45  Belarus Minsk-Arena, Minsk
16 May 2014
16:45
United States  16:45  Kazakhstan Minsk-Arena, Minsk
16 May 2014
20:45
Finland  20:45   Switzerland Minsk-Arena, Minsk
17 May 2014
12:45
Latvia  12:45  Russia Minsk-Arena, Minsk
17 May 2014
16:45
Belarus  16:45  Germany Minsk-Arena, Minsk
17 May 2014
20:45
Switzerland   20:45  Kazakhstan Minsk-Arena, Minsk
18 May 2014
16:45
United States  16:45  Finland Minsk-Arena, Minsk
18 May 2014
20:45
Russia  20:45  Germany Minsk-Arena, Minsk
19 May 2014
16:45
Kazakhstan  16:45  Finland Minsk-Arena, Minsk
19 May 2014
20:45
Latvia  20:45  Belarus Minsk-Arena, Minsk
20 May 2014
12:45
Germany  12:45  United States Minsk-Arena, Minsk
20 May 2014
16:45
Latvia  16:45   Switzerland Minsk-Arena, Minsk
20 May 2014
20:45
Russia  20:45  Belarus Minsk-Arena, Minsk


Playoff round[edit]

  Quarterfinal                    
     
      Semifinal
          
  Quarterfinal      
   
            Final
               
  Quarterfinal              
         
      Semifinal   Bronze medal game
           
  Quarterfinal          
   
     

Quarterfinals[edit]

22 May 2014
16:00
16:00 Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
22 May 2014
17:00
17:00 Minsk-Arena, Minsk
22 May 2014
20:00
20:00 Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
22 May 2014
21:00
21:00 Minsk-Arena, Minsk


Semifinals[edit]

24 May 2014
14:45
WQF1 14:45 WQF2 Minsk-Arena, Minsk
24 May 2014
18:45
WQF3 18:45 WQF4 Minsk-Arena, Minsk


Bronze medal game[edit]

25 May 2014
16:30
LSF1 16:30 LSF2 Minsk-Arena, Minsk


Gold medal game[edit]

25 May 2014
21:00
WSF1 21:00 WSF2 Minsk-Arena, Minsk


References[edit]

  1. ^ Belarus lands 2014 Worlds
  2. ^ US lawmakers: Move ice hockey tourney from Belarus
  3. ^ "Ice Hockey finals in Belarus still on schedule". EUobserver. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  4. ^ RIA Novosti (16 January 2012). "Lukashenko allows visa-free entry to Belarus for 2014 IIHF Championship". RIA Novosti. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  5. ^ "Referee Assignments". Iihf.com. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Belarus opens vs. U.S.". iihfworlds2014.com. 2013-09-05. 

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