There is another story on Mexico's tournament at IIHF.com. The fans appeared to be into the game:
The Division I tournaments have now concluded.
Division I A was played in Netherlands and was won by Austria. They defeated Ukraine 2-1 in the final game of the round-robin. So Austria will move to the world's top division next year. Ukraine will remain in Division I with Japan, Netherlands, and Lithuania. Serbia was relegated to Division II. The story on the final day is also at IIHF.com.
Division I B was played in Slovenia and the hosts are back in the top division. They defeated Hungary 4-1 in the final round-robin game which was in fact a 1st place showdown. Slovenia got there with a 3-2 win over Poland and a 4-3 overtime win over Britain. Hungary, Poland, Britain, and Korea will remain in Division I. Croatia was relegated to Division II. The story on the final day is also at IIHF.com.
The stories on the British run through the tournament are here:
The top division of the world championships is being played in Germany this year. The opening game will be played at a 70,000 seat arena! Exhibition Games are underway. At the link you can check up on Finland's win over Russia and the Czech win over Sweden, both in shoot-outs.
The Tournament Page has links to all schedules and so forth. But these are the pools:
Group A: Russia, Belarus, Slovakia, Kazakhstan
Group B: Canada, Switzerland, Latvia, Italy
Group C: Sweden, Czech Republic, Norway, France.
Group D: Finland, USA, Germany, Denmark
The Official Hockey Canada Team Page has updates on players being named, schedules, etc. Right now the roster is:
Chris Mason St. Louis Blues (NHL)
François Beauchemin Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Brent Burns Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Mark Giordano Calgary Flames (NHL)
Kris Russell Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Marc Staal New York Rangers (NHL)
Rene Bourque Calgary Flames (NHL)
Steve Downie Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
Evander Kane Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)
Steve Ott Dallas Stars (NHL)
Corey Perry Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Rich Peverley Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)
Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
John Tavares New York Islanders (NHL)
Ray Whitney Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Canada's schedule is:
- May 8th v Italy @ 9:15 am CDT
May 10th v Latvia @ 1:15 pm CDT
May 12th v Switzerland @ 1:15 pm CDT
(if Canada finishes 1st then their schedule will be as follows)
May 15th v Pool C 2nd @ 1:15 pm CDT
May 17th v Pool C 3rd @ 9:15 am CDT
May 18th v Pool C 1st @ 1:15 CDT
(if Canada makes the playoff round the schedule will be as follows)
May 20th v quarter-final opponent @ TBD
May 22nd v semi-final opponent @ TBD
May 23rd bronze and gold medal games