You’re a world class hockey player, with a skill set that the greats of yesteryear would have committed capital crimes to possess. Yet here it is, the merry, merry month of May, and you’re sitting around at home, halfheartedly watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Your team didn’t make the cut, or were punted out of the spring tournament in the first round. What’s a star to do? Well, thankfully, there’s another significant spring hockey tournament going on this month. The annual IIHF World Championships, being held this time around in Denmark, including beautiful Copenhagen.
They’ve been holding the Ice Hockey World Championships since 1930, and Canada were the dominant team out of the gate…until the Soviets quickly caught up. This year, the United States and Canada are joined by fourteen other nations in pursuit of the crown. Many of the best players in the sport now ply their trade in the National Hockey League, but the lustre has not worn off this tournament.
Professional players were included in the tournament beginning in 1976, and in North America, it’s become synonymous with the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as in, it’s the default tournament for those players who aren’t still playing NHL hockey. But that means some fine talent will be display in Denmark.
This year that includes players such as Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Brayden Schenn, Jean-Pierre Pageau, and Ryan O’Reilly for Canada. The American are represented by the likes of Patrick Kane, Cam Atkinson, Johnny Gaudreau, Chris Kreider, and Scott Darling.
These two teams tangle with each other to begin the tournament, meeting up on Friday, May 4th at 10 am Eastern, 7 am Pacific.
SiriusXM NHL Network Radio Channel 91 will air that match, and many other of the IIHF World Championships tournament games, including the Gold Medal Game on Sunday, May 20th. Half of the games will be heard on SiriusXM Canada Talks 167.
It might not be the Stanley Cup, but the IIHF World Hockey Championships still matter, and there will be some good hockey to take in.
Games on Canada Talks are italicized.
Games on NHL Network Radio are in bold.
|Teams||Date||Location||On Air (ET)|
|USA vs Canada||Friday, May 04, 2018||Herning||10:00-13:00|
|Korea vs Canada||Sunday, May 06, 2018||Herning||6:00-9:00|
|Canada vs Denmark||Monday, May 07, 2018||Herning||14:00-17:00|
|USA vs Germany||Monday, May 07, 2018||Herning||10:00-13:00|
|Canada vs Norway||Thursday, May 10, 2018||Herning||14:00-17:00|
|Canada vs Finland||Saturday, May 12, 2018||Herning||14:00-17:00|
|Canada vs Latvia||Monday, May 14, 2018||Herning||14:00-17:00|
|USA vs Finland||Tuesday, May 15th, 2018||Herning||6:00-9:00|
|Canada vs Germany||Tuesday, May 15th, 2018||Herning||10:00-13:00|
|Quarterfinal #TBD||Thursday, May 17, 2018||TBD||10:00-13:00|
|Quarterfinal #TBD||Thursday, May 17, 2018||TBD||14:00-17:00|
|Semifinal #1||Saturday, May 19, 2018||Copenhagen||9:00-12:00|
|Semifinal #2||Saturday, May 19, 2018||Copenhagen||13:00-16:00|
|Bronze Medal-(Only if Canada)||Sunday, May 20, 2018||Copenhagen||9:30-12:30|
|Gold Medal||Sunday, May 20, 2018||Copenhagen||14:00-17:00|