From 5 to 21 may in Germany and France 16 teams will determine the major hockey power in 2017.
The participants of the world championship:
Group a (LANXESS arena, Cologne): Germany, Denmark, Italy, Latvia, Russia, Slovakia, USA, Sweden.
Group B (Accorhotels Arena, Paris): Belarus, Canada, Norway, Slovenia, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland.
In the playoffs out of the four best teams from each group. The worst team from each octet leaves the elite world Championships and moved to the first division. Back will be followed by Austria and South Korea won spots in the top division at the recent world Championships in Kiev.
The bookies the main favorite for the title I think the current world Champions and Olympic Champions team Canada, which, like many of the top teams of the world, can’t count on his strongest team, because these days in the NHL and the middle of the playoffs for the Stanley Cup.
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Alexander Ovechkin, Patrick Laine, Patrick Kane, Vladimir Tarasenko, Connor McDavid, Oston Matthews and other stars overseas hockey miss the world Cup.
The main competitors of Canada promises to be the teams of Sweden, Russia, USA and Finland. Special attention should be paid to the Swedish “Tre Kronor” have brought to the tournament one of the most balanced lineups, clearly intending for the first time since 2013 to drive a wedge in the fight for the medals.
The number of matches of the elite division world championship live will show the channel “NTU”. On “YouTube” the world Cup matches will be broadcast the official channel of the International ice hockey Federation (IIHF).
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