Event Information

Poll

Who's the most valuable player of the 2009 Worlds?
Jack Johnson (USA)
Niko Kapanen (FIN)
Ilya Kovalchuk (RUS)
Andrei Mezin (BLR)
Martin St. Louis (CAN)
Shea Weber (CAN)


Tournament Format

The 16 participating teams will be split into four groups according to their IIHF World Ranking.

 

Preliminary Round
A round-robin will see each team compete against the others of its group – making for three games per team. The group's three best-placed teams will then move on to compete in the Qualifying Round, while the last-placed team goes to the Relegation Round.

 

Qualifying Round
Split into two groups, the twelve teams will play on – making for a further three games for each team.

Relegation Round

The four last-placed teams will continue to play in the Relegation Round. The two relegated teams will be determined by round-robin.

 

Quarter-Finals
Following the Qualifying Round, the four best placed teams in each group will compete in the four Quarter-final games. The two last-placed teams in each group drop out of the tournament.

 

Semi-Finals
The winners of the Quarter Finals will compete in the two Semi-Final games.

 

Bronze Medal Game
The two losers of the Semi-Finals will play each other for third and fourth place, and the Bronze Medal.

Gold Medal Game

The winners of the Semi-Finals will compete in an ultimate game for the World Championship title.

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