United States to face China in Beijing 2022 Olympic Games preliminary round first matches, International Ice Hockey Federation announcement Thursday in the unveiling of the Olympic hockey calendar.
As the host nation faces the United States, Edmonton Oilers teammates Connor McDavid of Ontario and Leon Draisaitl of Germany will face off as Canada takes on Germany. These two games mark the start of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament at the National Indoor Stadium on February 9.
The NHL and the Players’ Association reached an agreement in early September with the IIHF for NHL players to compete in the 2022 Olympics, marking the first time they will participate in the Games since 2014. The regular season of the NHL will end February 3-22. for 2022 Las Vegas All-Star Weekend and the Olympics.
Each of the 12 teams will play three preliminary round games in the group stage, with the three first-place teams and the best second-place team receiving passes to the quarter-finals on February 16.
Canada, USA, Germany and China compromise on Group A. Group B includes the Russian Olympic Committee, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Denmark, while Group C includes Finland, Sweden, Slovakia and Latvia.
The other eight teams that will not receive a bye will be matched in the qualifying matches played on February 15 and the winners will advance to the quarter-finals. The Olympic semi-finals are on February 18, the bronze medal match on February 19 and the gold medal match on February 20.
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