Ice Hockey World Championships

Publication date: 29 Aug 2022

About the Ice Hockey World Championships

The Ice Hockey World Championship is one of the most prestigious ice hockey competitions in the world. It takes place annually and has been organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) since 1920.

Originally, the tournament was only held as part of the Winter Olympics, but since 1930 it has been held annually and until 1991 it was known as the World and European Championships.

The world championships in women’s ice hockey have been held since 1990.

 Official website of the International Ice Hockey Federation

2023 Ice Hockey World Championships

The 86th IIHF World Championship will be held from 12 to 28 May 2023. Matches will be held in Riga (Latvia) and Tampere (Finland). Latvia will host the championship for the third time while Finland will host it for the tenth time. Initially, St. Petersburg (Russia) was planned to host the championship, but Russia was deprived of the right to host the tournament.

History of the Ice Hockey World Championship

The first World Championship took place in 1920 during the VII Olympic Games but the competition did not gain World Championship status until 1982.

Since 1976, not only professional but also amateur players have participated in the World Championships.

Sweden has staged the world championships 11 times.

Over the history of the championships, Canada and the USSR/Russia have each won 27 gold medals.

 Previous IIHF World Championships results

The year Venue Results / Places by country
2023 Tampere (Finland), Riga (Latvia) 1 – Canada

2 – Germany

3 – Latvia

2022 Tampere, Helsinki (Finland) 1 – Finland

2 – Canada

3 – Czech Republic

2021 Riga (Latvia) 1 – Canada

2 – Finland

3 – USA

2024 Ice Hockey World Championships

According to preliminary information, the 87th IIHF World Championship will take place in Prague and Ostrava (Czech Republic) from May 10 to May 26, 2024.

Keep an eye on the dates of the ice hockey championships and other events in our Sports Events Calendar.

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