Germany and France are ready to write history at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. For the first time in the history of the sport, two nations will be the hosts of the Top Division of the competition. The 16 best hockey nations will compete in two groups in Paris and Cologne. Then, in Cologne, the best four will fight it out for the gold, silver and bronze medals.
Gabin Ville, member of the French U20 national team, reflects upon the potential of a jointly hosted IIHF WM:
“When two countries are committed to work together in such an intense way, this can only result in a positive outcome. In the best case, the interest in our sport would be spread over an even bigger area.”
France, freshly promoted to Div.1, had a powerful impact in a very tight competition and finished 3rd. Despite their good performance, the German team missed the promotion to the Top Division by inches and finished the campaign behind Belarus on the 2nd place.
However, the two national teams have still to face each other on the road to the World Championship in May not only in the conference rooms, but also on the ice and in several occasions. The French Women’s National Team was able to make a big step towards their goal of participating in the Olympic Winter Games of 2018 in Korea, as they fought their way to the last qualifying spot at the tournament in Japan. Germany, being an automatic participant by world ranking, was also able to secure a spot earlier this year.
In April the U18 teams of both nations will fight for the promotion to the top 8 teams of the world at the U18 World Championship Division I Group A in Slovenia, before the ice hockey highlight of the year in Cologne and Paris, where they may meet again in the semi-finals.
Here you may see the map of the winners of the Ice Hockey World Championship so far:
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