Finland opens Worlds vs. Norway
by Martin Merk|18 AUG 2021
Host Finland will start the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship with a Nordic clash against Norway.
photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
The International Ice Hockey Federation has released the game schedule of the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, which will take place from 13 to 29 May 2022 in the Finnish cities of Tampere and Helsinki.

Host Finland will play its first game at the brand-new Tampere Deck Arena on the opening night in a Nordic rivalry against Norway following the afternoon game USA-Latvia. Tampere will host eight teams in Group B with the other four starting on 14 May with the games Sweden vs. Belarus, Czech Republic vs. Great Britain and Latvia vs. Finland. The 13,300-seat arena that is being constructed in downtown Tampere will also host two quarter-final games, both semi-finals and both medal games.

Helsinki will host Group A and two quarter-final games at the same arena that was most recently a co-host of the 2012 and 2013 Worlds. The opening day in Helsinki will start with a bang with the game between ROC and Slovakia in the afternoon. Just a three-hour train ride from St. Petersburg, many Russian fans will be expected in the Finnish capital. Germany and defending champion Canada will play the evening game. Day 2 includes the games Denmark-Kazakhstan, Switzerland-Italy and Slovakia-Germany.

Click here for the full game schedule.

The preliminary round will be played from 13 to 24 May in both cities followed by the quarter-finals on 26 May. If qualified, Finland will play the late quarter-final game in Tampere. The semi-finals will be played on 28 May and the new world champion will become known after the medal games on 29 May.

Ticket sale will start on 2 September

Due to the high demand expected for games in Tampere, a ticket draw will be launched for all preliminary-round and final-round games in Tampere where fans can win the right to purchase day tickets.

For games in Helsinki day tickets will go on sale on 2 September 2021 without a draw.

Single-game tickets for games not sold out through day tickets are expected to go on sale in February 2022.

More information on the ticket sale will be announced on this website on 31 August.

For more information, to receive notifications and for VIP tickets already on sale visit the Tickets page.