IIHF releases 2021 Worlds schedule

There’s only 1 day without hockey between May 6-16

Get your calendars out and start planning your month of May because the IIHF announced the schedule for the 2021 World Championship in Halifax and Truro in Nova Scotia, Canada!

The 10-team, 10-day tournament kicks off on May 6 with a round-robin group play. Group A includes reigning champions USA, 2019’s silver medalist Finland, bronze medalist Canada, Russia, and Switzerland. Group B includes Japan, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, and Hungary.

After group play, all of Group A and the top three teams from Group B will advance to the quarterfinals. The bottom two teams in Group B will not be relegated because none of the lower tournaments were played this year, according to the IIHF.

The quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals, as usual, and then those winners will move onto the medal games. The quarterfinal losers will play knockout placement games with the winner moving up into Group A for the next Worlds tournament.

We’ll have to wait six days into the tournament, the last day of group play, to get the always anticipated USA v Canada game. However, Day 1 features a rematch of 2019’s semifinal game between Canada and Finland, which saw Finland become the first team outside of North America to reach the gold medal game, and the gold medal game rematch is on Day 2.


DayDateTime (ET)Team 1Team 2
ThursdayMay 612:00GermanyJapan
ThursdayMay 62:30SwissUSA
ThursdayMay 66:00HungaryCzech
ThursdayMay 66:30CanadaFinland
FridayMay 76:00DenmarkHungary
FridayMay 76:30RussiaSwiss
SaturdayMay 812:00CzechGermany
SaturdayMay 82:30FinlandUSA
SaturdayMay 86:00JapanDenmark
SaturdayMay 86:30CanadaRussia
SundayMay 96:00HungaryJapan
SundayMay 96:30SwissCanada
MondayMay 1012:00CzechDenmark
MondayMay 102:30USARussia
MondayMay 106:00GermanyHungary
MondayMay 106:30FinlandSwiss
TuesdayMay 1112:00JapanCzech
TuesdayMay 112:30RussiaFinland
TuesdayMay 116:00DenmarkGermany
TuesdayMay 116:30USACanada
ThursdayMay 1311:00QuarterfinalQuarterfinal
ThursdayMay 131:30QuarterfinalQuarterfinal
ThursdayMay 134:00QuarterfinalQuarterfinal
ThursdayMay 136:30QuarterfinalQuarterfinal
FridayMay 142:00PLPL
FridayMay 146:00PLPL
Saturday May 152:30SemifinalSemifinal
Saturday May 156:30SemifinalSemifinal
SundayMay 1610:00PL winnerPL winner
SundayMay 162:30Bronze medalBronze medal
SundayMay 166:30Gold medalGold medal

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