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GENEVA, May 24. /TASS/. This year’s bronze medalist Russia will face off the US and Swedish teams at the Group Stage of the Ice Hockey World Championship that will be held in France and Germany next year, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) said on its website on Tuesday.
The 2017 IIHF tournament will be held in Germany’s Cologne at its 18,500-seat Lanxess arena and in the French capital at the Bercy 14,500-seat venue from May 5 through May 21, 2017.
Cologne will host 34 games, including Group A, two quarter-finals and all semi-final and medal games.
Paris will host 30 games, including all games of Group B and two quarter-final games.
Group A in Cologne includes this year’s host and bronze medallist Russia, which is ranked second in the 2016 IIHF Men’s World Ranking, Team USA, Sweden, Slovakia, Germany, Latvia, Denmark and Italy.
Defending champion Canada will start its campaign in Group B in Paris where there are seeded together with this year’s other finalist Finland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belarus, Norway, France and Slovenia.
The groups are based on the 2016 IIHF Men’s World Ranking with minor amendments to take into consideration special requirements of the co-hosts since the event will be hosted in two countries.