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The full schedule for the World Championship (Division 1B) tournament at The SSE Arena, Belfast has been confirmed.

The tournament, which is the first men’s World Championship to be held in the UK for nearly 25 years, will run from Sunday 23rd to Saturday 29th April 2017.

GB play their first game of the tournament against Croatia on Sunday 23rd April 2016 at 4pm, with the tournament’s opening game being Netherlands against Japan (12:30pm). Pete Russell’s side beat Croatia 4-1 at last year’s tournament in Zagreb.

The following day, Monday 24th April (7:30pm), GB will take on Estonia, who they beat 4-3 after overtime last year.

After Tuesday’s rest day, GB will come up against Lithuania on Wednesday 26th April (7:30pm). GB have happy memories of last season’s meeting as they skated to an 8-0 victory thanks to eight different goalscorers.

Thursday will be the tournament’s second rest day and GB will then play promoted Netherlands on Friday 28th April at 7:30pm.

Great Britain and Japan, who were relegated from Division 1A last season, will go head-to-head in the tournament’s final game at 7:30pm on Saturday 29th April.

Ice Hockey UK general secretary, Andy French, said: “This is another exciting moment in the build-up to the tournament with the announcement of the schedule.

“A lot of hard work is already going on behind the scenes to make sure this event is a great success.

“This is going to be a massive event for ice hockey in the UK and there is already so much interest in the tournament.”

Click here for a full tournament schedule. 2017 World Championship ticketing details will be announced soon.

 

 Date
 Location
Venue
No. Game Result
 Status
 23 Apr 2017, Sun
12:30  GMT+1
 Belfast
SSE Arena
 1
ROB
NED  JPN Scheduled
 23 Apr 2017, Sun
16:00  GMT+1
 Belfast
SSE Arena
 2
ROB
CRO  GBR Scheduled
 23 Apr 2017, Sun
19:30  GMT+1
 Belfast
SSE Arena
 3
ROB
EST  LTU Scheduled
 24 Apr 2017, Mon
12:30  GMT+1
 Belfast
SSE Arena
 4
ROB
JPN  CRO Scheduled
 24 Apr 2017, Mon
16:00  GMT+1
 Belfast
SSE Arena
 5
ROB
LTU  NED Scheduled
 24 Apr 2017, Mon
19:30  GMT+1
 Belfast
SSE Arena
 6
ROB
GBR  EST Scheduled
 26 Apr 2017, Wed
12:30  GMT+1
 Belfast
SSE Arena
 7
ROB
JPN  EST Scheduled
 26 Apr 2017, Wed
16:00  GMT+1
 Belfast
SSE Arena
 8
ROB
NED  CRO Scheduled
 26 Apr 2017, Wed
19:30  GMT+1
 Belfast
SSE Arena
 9
ROB
GBR  LTU Scheduled
 28 Apr 2017, Fri
16:00  GMT+1
 Belfast
SSE Arena
 10
ROB
LTU  JPN Scheduled
 28 Apr 2017, Fri
12:30  GMT+1
 Belfast
SSE Arena
 11
ROB
CRO  EST Scheduled
 28 Apr 2017, Fri
19:30  GMT+1
 Belfast
SSE Arena
 12
ROB
GBR  NED Scheduled
 29 Apr 2017, Sat
12:30  GMT+1
 Belfast
SSE Arena
 13
ROB
LTU  CRO Scheduled
 29 Apr 2017, Sat
16:00  GMT+1
 Belfast
SSE Arena
 14
ROB
EST  NED Scheduled
 29 Apr 2017, Sat
19:30  GMT+1
 Belfast
SSE Arena
 15
ROB
JPN  GBR Scheduled

 


Legend
ROB = Round Robin
Team Legend
CRO = Croatia , EST = Estonia , GBR = Great Britain , JPN = Japan , LTU = Lithuania , NED = Netherlands