Germany, Kazakhstan and Norway all looking to host IIHF World Championship in 2027

The 2027 host country is likely to be named at the IIHF Congress next May

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Ice Hockey - IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship 2021 - Bronze Medal Game - United States v Germany - Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia - June 6, 2021 Germany's players looking dejected after loosing the match REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
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Two European countries and one Central Asian country are all hoping to hear their name called as the next host of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship.

Germany, Norway and Kazakhstan have all been named as applicants to host in 2027 the IIHF said.

The European countries Germany and Norway have both hosted the IIHF World Championship before. Germany has actually hosted eight times since 1930. Cologne, Mannheim and Gelsenkirchen all hosted in 2010, while Cologne and Paris co-hosted in 2017.

Oslo, Lillehammer and Hamar were the venues in 1999, but Norway is looking at fresh host cities in 2027. The Norwegian Ice Hockey Association’s bid is likely to have Baerum, outside of Oslo, and Trondheim as host cities.

Ice Hockey - IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship 2022 - Group A - France v Kazakhstan - Helsinki, Finland - May 15, 2022 Kazakhstan's Kirill Panyukov in action with France's Charles Bertrand, Henri Buysse and Valentin Claireaux Roni Rekomaa/Lehtikuva via REUTERS  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. FINLAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN FINLAND.
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Kazakhstan has never played host or medaled at the IIHF World Championship, but Astana and Almaty both have the necessary arenas for the world’s best hockey players.

The 2023 edition was originally scheduled for St. Petersburg, Russia, but the IIHF stripped them of their hosting rights following the invasion of Ukraine. Tampere, Finland and Riga, Latvia will co-host the event May 12-28, 2023.

Aug 20, 2022; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Team Canada forward Kent Johnson (13) scores the overtime winning goal against Team Finland in the championship game during the IIHF U20 Ice Hockey World Championship at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 20, 2022; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Team Canada forward Kent Johnson (13) scores the overtime winning goal against Team Finland in the championship game during the IIHF U20 Ice Hockey World Championship at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The 2027 World Championship will be allocated by the 2023 IIHF Annual Congress in Tampere, Finland in late May.

Switzerland was meant to host in 2020 but that event was cancelled due to the pandemic. They will host the 2026 edition

The 2027 host is scheduled to be announced at the IIHF annual Congress in Finland in May 2023.

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