Lausanne 2020 will see beside the regular men’s and women’s tournaments (18-22 January) also men’s and women’s 3-on-3 tournaments (10-15 January) that will be played cross ice. Players born 2004 and 2005 will participated in the Youth Olympics’ ice hockey competitions.
The 3-on-3 tournaments will however not be composed of classic national teams but with mixed teams consisting of players from different countries. Per gender there will be eight teams consisting of 13 athletes (11 skaters, 2 goaltenders).
40 IIHF Member National Associations and National Olympic Committees registered for the 3-on-3 tournaments and held the National Skills Challenge in their countries.
The players for the Youth Olympics’ 3-on-3 ice hockey tournaments will be selected as follows for each gender:
- The best player per gender of each National Olympic Committee in the National Skills Challenge will be allocated a quota place.
- The host country Switzerland is entitled to a maximum of three male and four female athletes in the 3-on-3 tournaments.
- The remaining quota places will be allocated to other players in the Global Skills Challenge ranking up to a maximum of three skaters for the men’s and four skaters for the women’s tournament per country.
- The goaltenders will be selected as follows: The top-15 countries of the IIHF Youth Ranking apart from the host country will be allowed to send one goaltender, the host country two (one per gender).
Stay tuned for more updates during the upcoming weeks and find the rankings here: men / women.
Find out more about ice hockey at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games on our dedicated 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games page.