With both the NHL and AHL down to just 4 teams, the World Championships losing teams in elimination play and the Memorial Cup down to three teams, it’s a pretty sad time of year for some hockey fans. Hockey season is nearing it’s end. Soon the hockey left to be seen will be the final two teams battling for the Stanley Cup. While those games are action pack and exciting it’s sad because the end of hockey season is near. However, today the International ice hockey federation has announced it’s 2015 international hockey schedule and will roll out an impressive 28 tournaments.
The IIHF covers some of the favourite junior hockey events such as the U18 championships and U20 World Championships for both men and women. The high light tournaments break down like this. Mens U20 teams will go to the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal, Canada. The 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship will be played in Malmo, Sweden, while the women’s U18 category will be played in the United States in a city to be announced soon.
The IIHF also decided today that the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship will be played in April in central Switzerland in the cities of Zug and Lucerne.
So while Canada will get a taste of some junior hockey during the World Championships at Christmas time, the majority of the World championships will be held over season throughout 2015.
To see the full schedule of the 2015 IIHF events head to the next page. Sounds like 2015 will be a very busy year for both junior and international hockey. Which country will come out on top when the dust settles on all 28 tournaments?