For the first time in 25 years, group B of Division 1 of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship is hosted by Ice Hockey UK at the SSE Arena in Belfast, opened in 2000 and capable of a capacity of 7,200 spectators.
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Northern Ireland has never hosted this prestigious event before, and the GB team is both very excited to do so this year, and seeking to convert the home advantage into gold. After the silver medals in the previous competitions, they hope to do better this time and earn the promotion to the elite teams of Division 1A. The director of IHUK Richard Grieveson said: “This is a massive moment for ice hockey in the UK. It has been a long time since the UK hosted a men’s World Championship and it is very exciting we will be doing so again. A lot of hard work went into the bid and the work now begins on getting ready for the tournament.”
The GB team has already gained its first victory on Monday night against Estonia with the emphatic 5-1. In the other matches, Lithuania smashed Netherlands 8-0, while Japan defeated Croatia. All three teams are now tied at the top of the table at 6 points each after 2 wins in 2 games. As usual, BET-IBC follows the best sports events offering the greatest odds of our top bookmakers. Sbobet is one of these bookmakers and it is covering the odds for this event. Odds that you can take advantage of by creating an account in less than 3 minutes here.
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