Just because the IIHF World Championships are over doesn’t mean there isn’t any more international hockey left this season.
Six teams from around the world travelled to Pardubice in the Czech Republic to play in the 2017 Ball Hockey Championships. Teams from Canada, Italy, Slovakia, USA, the United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic will compete for ball hockey’s top prize over the course of a week.
The tournament begins in the early hours tomorrow morning and runs from June 3 to June 10.
Followers of the CWHL and NWHL will see a few familiar faces on the roster: Jamie Lee Rattray and Devon Skeats are on Team Canada’s roster and Paige Harrington, Amber Moore, and Cherie Stewart (as well as TIG’s own Eileen Meslar) will be playing for Team USA.
The preliminaries start tomorrow, and each team will play each other once before the elimination rounds begin. Games can be watched via streams that will go up shortly before game time and will also have live stats online. Here’s the schedules for the opening round of play (all times EST)
USA v. Italy - 6 a.m. EST
Slovakia v. Canada - 9 a.m. EST
Czech Republic v. United Kingdom - 1 p.m. EST
Canada v. United Kingdom - 7 a.m. EST
Czech Republic v. Italy - 11 a.m. EST
Slovakia v. USA - 1 p.m. EST
Canada v. USA - 5 a.m. EST
United Kingdom v. Italy - 8 a.m. EST
Czech Republic v. Slovakia - 10 a.m. EST
Slovakia v. United Kingdom - 5:30 a.m. EST
Italy v. Canada - 10:30 a.m. EST
USA v. Czech Republic - 10:30 a.m. EST
United Kingdom v. USA - 5:30 a.m. EST
Canada v. Czech Republic - 1 p.m. EST
Italy v. Slovakia - 3:30 p.m. EST