Quarter-finals set for Thursday
by Martin Merk|24 MAY 2022
Finland and Slovakia last met at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship - at that time Slovakia was the host.
photo: Matt Zambonin / HHOF-IIHF Images
The preliminary round of the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship is over with drama and excitement, surprises and disappointments, and many goals in 56 games.
After a one-day break the tournament will continue with the quarter-finals in Tampere and Helsinki that will be played cross-over between the top-four teams of the two groups as follows.
Quarter-Finals 26 May
  • Germany vs. Czechia in Helsinki at 16:20 (15:20 CET)
  • Sweden vs. Canada in Tampere at 16:20 (15:20 CET, 9:20am ET)
  • Switzerland vs. USA in Helsinki at 20:20 (19:20 CET, 1:20pm ET)
  • Finland vs. Slovakia in Tampere at 20:20 (19:20 CET)
Tickets for games not already sold out can be bought here.

The quarter-final winners will advance to the semi-finals where the participants will be reseeded according to their preliminary-round ranking and records. On 28 May the team with the best record will play the team with the lowest record, and the second-best team will play the third-best team. Host Finland, if qualified, or otherwise the top-ranked team will play the early game. Find out more in the Tournament Format.
Schedule for the final weekend in Tampere:
Semi-finals on 28 May at 14:20 and 18:20
Bronze medal game on 29 May at 15:20
Gold medal game on 29 May at 20:20
The other eight teams will travel home and be ranked as follows.
Final Ranking (9th-16th):
  1. Denmark
  2. Latvia
  3. Austria
  4. France
  5. Norway
  6. Kazakhstan
  7. Italy (relegated)
  8. Great Britain (relegated)
The promoted teams are Slovenia and Hungary.