With the two cities in Bavaria the German Ice Hockey Association (DEB) has selected true traditional hockey towns to host the event from 21 April to 1 May 2022.
“The 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship is a globally respected top event. We are very proud to welcome the ten best U18 national teams with all their top prospects and future stars in Germany,” said DEB President and IIHF Council member Franz Reindl. “The state of Bavaria with the traditional venues of Landshut and Kaufbeuren will offer top ice hockey with new and perfect infrastructure and show great ambitions to the youth development in Germany.”
The Erdgas Schwaben Arena in Kaufbeuren for 3,100 spectators, which was opened in 2017, will host the event together with Stadtische Eissportanlage Landshut.
The two arenas have either been built or extensively renovated recently and the DEB expects many fans and scouts at the venues. Kaufbeuren and Landshut are located southwest and northwest respectively of Munich and 150 kilometres apart from each other.
In the preliminary round host Germany will play in Group B with Russia, Sweden, Belarus and the Czech Republic. Group A includes Canada, Finland, USA, Switzerland and Latvia. Including the final round and relegation round 31 games will be played at the two venues. The venue allocations will be announced together with the game schedule at a later date.
“We received a strong bid after having set the criteria for the venue selection. Landshut and Kaufbeuren had the best total package and fulfilled our requirements in all categories,” said DEB General Secretary Claus Grobner. “We look forward to welcoming the world’s best youth players at the U18 World Championship venues, which will also spur our youth hockey campaign Back-to-Hockey. It’s a big honour to be able to organize such a high-level World Championship tournament. We will take care for the optimal organization and present ourselves as a worthy host.”
The full list of tournaments of the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship program can be found here.