Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament in Sochi 2014

Participants: Nations ranked 1-9 according to the 2012 IIHF Men’s World Ranking plus three qualifiers.

Seeding:
Group A: Russia (1), Slovakia (6), USA (7), Slovenia (18)
Group B: Finland (2), Canada (5), Norway (8), Austria (15)
Group C: Czech Republic (3), Sweden (4), Switzerland (9), Latvia (11)

The format will be the same as in Vancouver 2010. The four teams with the best records (the group winners and the second-place team with the best record) advance to the quarter-finals, the remaining eight teams will play a qualification game.

Final Olympic Qualification (3 tournaments, 7-10 February 2013)

Group D in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany: Germany (10), Austria (15), Italy (16), Netherlands (24)
Group E in Riga, Latvia: Latvia (11), France (14), Kazakhstan (17), Great Britain (21)
Group F in Vojens, Denmark: Denmark (12), Belarus (13), Slovenia (18), Ukraine (20)

Olympic Pre-Qualification (3 tournaments, 8-11 November 2012)

Group G in Budapest, Hungary: Hungary (19), Netherlands (24), Lithuania (25), Croatia (30)
Group H in Kyiv, Ukraine: Ukraine (20), Poland (23), Estonia (26), Spain (29)
Group J in Nikko, Japan: Great Britain (21), Japan (22), Romania (27), Korea (28)

Olympic Preliminary Qualification (1 tournament, 17-19 September 2012)

Group K in Zagreb, Croatia: Croatia (30), Serbia (31), Mexico (32), Israel (33)

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