Canada opens WW vs. Finland
by Martin Merk|01 APR 2021
Canada’s Brianne Jenner and Finland’s Riikka Sallinen at a face-off during the last IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship. The teams will meet again on the opening day in Halifax.
photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
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The International Ice Hockey Federation has released the game schedule of the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship that will take place 6-16 May in the cities of Halifax and Truro in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

Host Canada will start the tournament on the opening day with the evening game against Finland in Halifax – a rematch of the semi-finals in 2019. Earlier that day top-seeded Team USA will play Switzerland. Russia completes Group A with the top-five seeded teams and will start the tournament the following day with a game against Switzerland.

In the two-tiered event Truro will host Group B, which will start on 6 May with the Germany-Japan game followed by Hungary vs. Czech Republic in the evening. Denmark will enter the tournament on the next day against Hungary.

The Preliminary Round ends on 11 May. On 13 May the quarter-finals will be played with the five Group A teams and the top-three teams from Group B. The semi-finals are scheduled for 15 May and the medal games on 16 May.

Because the lower divisions can’t be played, there will be no promoted and no relegated teams this year. A novelty in the schedule will be placement games for the quarter-final losers to determine the final ranking for places 5-8. The first round will be played on 14 May with the winners advancing to the 5th-place game on 16 May. The reward for the fifth-ranked team will be a seeding in Group A at the next Women’s Worlds.

Click here for the full game schedule.

As the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic evolves in Nova Scotia, Hockey Canada continues to have regular discussions with the Province and Nova Scotia Public Health. The health and safety of all participants remains a priority, and Hockey Canada will continue to explore the opportunity to have a limited number of fans in attendance at both venues.

“The excitement around the IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship has been building in the Province of Nova Scotia for nearly two and a half years, and the release of the schedule provides fans and athletes alike with another reason to get excited for the top hockey players in the world to face off on the East Coast,” said Grant MacDonald, general manager of the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship. “After 17 years since Nova Scotia last hosted the Women’s World Championship, we are thrilled to be back in Halifax and Truro. As the participating teams begin to unveil their rosters over the coming weeks, we know the excitement will continue to build as we look to host a safe and successful world championship.”