Denmark will first time play Olympic ice hockey and made it even in both men’s and women’s ice hockey. Also the Czech women’s national team made it to the Olympics for the first time while Sweden has qualified for every Olympic women’s ice hockey tournament since the first edition in 1998.
The Czech Republic beat Hungary 5-1 for the top spot in their qualification group on home ice in Chomutov while Sweden edged France 3-2 in front of their home crowd in Lulea. Denmark won the tightest group in Fussen where after two wins they needed one more point in their last game against host Germany and did so in a 3-2 shootout loss.
The Olympic women’s ice hockey tournament will be played in Beijing from 3 to 17 February 2022 and the Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament from 9 to 20 February 2022 at the 18,826-seat National Indoor Stadium and the 14,614-seat Wukesong Sports Centre.