IIHF Hockey Championship 2019: The hockey world will also turn its eyes towards the world stage as 16 teams converge on Slovakia for the 2019 IIHF Men’s World Championship.
Sweden will look to repeat as champions and have a stocked roster that includes the New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and expected NHL Rookie of the Year Elias Pettersson. The big question is can Switzerland repeat their Cinderella run from 2018, where they won silver, or will that title belong to one of the two newly promoted teams, Great Britain and Italy?
Canada, who lost to the Swiss in the semifinals and finished in fourth last year, will look to return to the top of the podium for the first time since 2016. They’ll be led by Vegas’ Mark Stone and new Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault. The team that defeated them in 2018 in the bronze medal game, the United States, hopes to build on its finish from last year and are aiming for the first gold medal at the tournament since 1960.
Here’s everything to know about the 2019 world ice hockey championship, including how to watch games on TV and stream online, plus a full schedule and updates standings.
Where is the 2019 world hockey championship?
The 2019 IIHF Men’s World Championship begins Friday, May 10 and runs through Sunday, May 26. The tournament will be held in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia.
2019 world championship TV channels, live stream
NHL Network will air more than 30 games over the course of the Men’s World Championship covering all USA Hockey and Hockey Canada contests including their matchup on May 21.
The 2019 IIHF World Champions begins on Friday, May 10 with four Leafs players on four different teams. While we all would really prefer to be ignoring this tournament this year, it was not to be, and John Tavares, William Nylander, Nikita Zaitsev and Martin Marincin are taking the opportunity to play some more hockey. One of them is a favourite to win the gold medal.
This year’s tournament is in Bratislava and Kosice Slovakia, which is one of the reasons the Leafs released Marincin, who was eligible to join the Marlies, but now gets to play for the home team. Play begins on Friday May 10, and the medals get decided on May 26. In between there is a lot of hockey with some prospects to watch out for as well as NHL veterans.