Team Slovakia...! Two Slovak cities, Poprad and Spišská Nová Ves, will welcome the participants of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.
The championship of this age category is basically the first event where players have the opportunity to test their strength against the World elite.
Slovakia will host the U18 Championship
after a long period of 15 years. While the championship in 2002
was hosted by Piešťany
, it will now
take place in Poprad
a Spišská Nová Ves
There will be ten teams in two groups
in the tournament. In Poprad, Slovak fans will be able to see the Slovak team
competing against the team from Canada
and the world champions from Finland
. Also Latvia
will play in the group. The city of Spišská Nová Ves
will be home for the teams from the Czech Republic
and United States
The tournament will start with the first games of the preliminary round on Thursday, 13th April. The best four teams from each group will play the quarter-finals, which are dated on April 20th. The final games are set on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd April.
Slovak Ice Hockey Federation