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One year to go

One year to go

Slovakia will welcome the hockey world

Published 15.08.2018 08:56 GMT+4 | Author Organizing Committee
One year to go
Slovak forward Jozef Stumpel tries to score on Russian goaltender Konstantin Barulin during the 2011 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Slovakia. Photo: Matthew Manor / HHOF-IIHF Images
The top ice hockey teams in the world are coming to Slovakia in one year!

The organizing committee starts its one-year countdown to the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on Thursday, 10 May 2018. The two biggest cities in Slovakia – Bratislava and Kosice – will welcome the top ice hockey teams.

Slovakia will host the world‘s best teams May 10-26, 2019. Great Britain and Italy have already qualified for 2019 by virtue of finishing in first and second place in Division I-A last month. The remaining 14 teams will be decided after the current World Championship in Denmark finishes on May 20.

“There is exactly one year left until the IIHF WM in Slovakia,“ began Martin Kohut, president of the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation. “It is an important commitment for us. One year might seem to be a long time, but it will pass quickly, and the first fans will be entering the arenas before we know it. However, our preparations are going according to plan, and the organizing committee is working all out. I would like to invite everyone to come to Slovakia. Together we will create an unforgettable World Championship. The atmosphere will be amazing, and in typical Slovak style we will create an event that fans will remember the rest of their lives. And I believe the performance of our Slovakian team will be an important part of that memory.“

Miroslav Satan, long-time captain of the national team, will be the general manager for next year’s team. He represented Slovakia as a player the last time the country hosted the World Championship, in 2011, and his excitement for next year is getting stronger with each day.

“The atmosphere in 2011 was exciting not only for the players, but for the fans who came from all over the world, too,” he enthused. “Ice hockey fever took over Slovakia, and I am happy we presented our country to the world like that.”

Just as it was in 2011, the 64 games of the IIHF WM will be played at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava and in Steel Arena in Kosice. The semi-finals and medal games will all be played in Bratislava.

 

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