Ice hockey at the 2022 Winter Olympics – Men's qualification

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Qualification for the men's tournament at the 2022 Winter Olympics was determined by the IIHF World Ranking following the 2019 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. The host along with the top eight teams in the world ranking received automatic berths into the Olympics, while all other teams have an opportunity to qualify for the remaining three spots in the Olympics.[1]

Qualified teams[edit]

Event Date Location Vacancies Qualified
Hosts 17 May 2018[2] Denmark Copenhagen 1  China
2019 IIHF World Ranking[a] 31 March 2016 – 26 May 2019 Slovakia Bratislava and Košice[b] 8[1]  Canada
 Russia
 Finland
 Sweden
 Czech Republic
 United States
 Germany
  Switzerland
Final qualification tournament 27–30 August 2020  Slovakia 1
Latvia Riga 1
 Norway 1
Total 12
Notes
  1. a 2019 IIHF World Ranking were comprising the following events: 2016 World Championship, 2017 World Championship, 2018 Winter Olympic Games, 2018 World Championship and 2019 World Championship
  2. b Bratislava and Košice were the sites for 2019 IIHF World Championship; at the conclusion of the tournament the ranking were finalized with regards to the qualification slots.

Qualification seeding[edit]

To qualify directly, a nation had to be ranked in the top eight following the 2019 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.[1] Using the IIHF World Ranking points system, the current year received full value, and each preceding year was worth 25% less. The following is a ranking based on points that were accumulated toward Olympic qualification of all countries participating in 2019.

Points were earned based on overall finish in 2019:

Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ...
Points 1200 1160 1120 1100 1060 1040 1020 1000 960 940 920 900 880 860 840 820 800 780 760 740 ...
     Qualified directly to Olympic Tournament
     Entered qualifying in the final round
     Entered qualifying in the pre-qualification round 3
     Entered qualifying in the pre-qualification round 2
     Entered qualifying in the pre-qualification round 1
Qualifying seed Team WC 2019
(100%)
WC 2018
(75%)
OLY 2018
(75%)
WC 2017
(50%)
WC 2016
(25%)
Total
1  Canada 1160 1100 1120 1160 1200 3705
2  Russia 1120 1040 1200 1120 1120 3640
3  Finland 1200 1060 1040 1100 1160 3615
4  Sweden 1060 1200 1060 1200 1040 3615
5  Czech Republic 1100 1020 1100 1020 1060 3465
6  United States 1020 1120 1020 1060 1100 3430
7  Germany 1040 920 1160 1000 1020 3355
8   Switzerland 1000 1160 940 1040 920 3325
9  Slovakia 960 960 920 860 960 3040
10  Latvia 940 1000 860 940 880 3025
11  Norway 900 880 1000 920 940 3005
12  Denmark 920 940 800 900 1000 2925
13  France 840 900 840 960 860 2840
14  Belarus 780 840 880 880 900 2735
15  Austria 820 860 780 800 740 2635
16  Italy 860 780 760 820 780 2620
17  South Korea 760 820 900 780 720 2620
18  Slovenia 740 720 960 840 800 2620
19  Kazakhstan 800 760 820 760 820 2570
20  Great Britain 880 800 660 680 660 2480
21  Hungary 720 740 700 720 840 2370
22  Poland 660 700 740 740 760 2300
23  Japan 640 660 720 660 700 2180
24  Lithuania 700 680 560 640 640 2110
25  Ukraine 600 620 680 700 680 2095
26  Estonia 620 640 600 620 600 2010
27  Romania 680 600 580 560 580 1990
28  Netherlands 580 560 640 580 560 1910
29  Croatia 540 580 620 600 620 1895
30  Serbia 560 520 540 520 500 1740
31  Spain 500 440 520 460 540 1585
Host  China 480 500 440 440 460 1520
32  Iceland 420 460 480 480 480 1485
33  Israel 440 400 460 400 400 1385
 Australia 520 540 540 440 1305
34  Mexico 360 360 500 360 420 1290
 Belgium 460 480 500 520 1200
35  Bulgaria 320 300 420 300 340 1095
 Georgia 380 320 400 280 0 1060
 New Zealand 400 420 420 380 1020
 North Korea 340 380 380 360 905
36  Turkey 300 280 340 320 760
37  Luxembourg 260 340 320 280 745
 South Africa 220 240 240 300 595
38  Chinese Taipei 240 260 220 545
39  Hong Kong 180 220 260 240 535
 Turkmenistan 280 200 430
40  United Arab Emirates 200 160 200 420
41  Bosnia and Herzegovina 140 180 0 260 340
42  Kuwait 120 140 225
43  Thailand 160 160
44  Kyrgyzstan 100 100
  • Nations with no seeding chose not to participate in Olympic qualifying.

Pre-qualification Round 1[edit]

Group N[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Pre-qualification Round 2
2  Kyrgyzstan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Luxembourg (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  United Arab Emirates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 7 November 2019. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

Group O[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Pre-qualification Round 2
2  Hong Kong (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Kuwait 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Thailand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 7 November 2019. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

Pre-qualification Round 2[edit]

Group K[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Iceland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Pre-qualification Round 3
2  Israel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Romania (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Qualifier 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 12 December 2019. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

Group L[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Pre-qualification Round 3
2  Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Spain (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Qualifier 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 12 December 2019. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

Group M[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Bulgaria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Pre-qualification Round 3
2  Croatia (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Turkey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 12 December 2019. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

Pre-qualification Round 3[edit]

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Final qualification
2  Lithuania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Slovenia (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Qualifier 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 6 February 2020. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Kazakhstan (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Final qualification
2  Poland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Ukraine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Qualifier 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 6 February 2020. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

Group J[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Estonia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Final qualification
2  Great Britain (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Hungary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Qualifier 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 6 February 2020. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

Final qualification[edit]

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Austria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2022 Winter Olympics
2  Belarus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Slovakia (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Qualifier 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 27 August 2020. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2022 Winter Olympics
2  Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Latvia (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Qualifier 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 27 August 2020. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Denmark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2022 Winter Olympics
2  Norway (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  South Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Qualifier 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 27 August 2020. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Olympic Winter Games". IIHF. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  2. ^ "China set for Olympic ice hockey". IIHF. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2019.