Friday, October 22, 2010

World Cup of Hockey News For 2011 Stage

World Cup of Hockey-2011

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The World Cup of Hockey is an international ice hockey tournament. Inaugurated in 1996, it is the successor to the previous Canada Cup, which ran from 1976 to 1991. The tournament has occurred twice, with the United States winning in 1996 and Canada winning in 2004. The next installment of the World Cup of Hockey will take place in 2011.


Unlike its International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)-sanctioned counterpart, the annual World Ice Hockey Championships, the World Cup of Hockey is organized by the National Hockey League (NHL). As such, the games are played under NHL rules and not those of the IIHF. The World Cup of Hockey also occurs outside of the hockey season, allowing for all the best players in the world to be available, unlike the World 

Championships, which overlaps with the Stanley Cup playoffs.

 

History:

  

Canada Cup-

The World Cup of Hockey was preceded by the Canada Cup, which began in 1976 in a combined effort from Douglas Fisher of Hockey Canada and Alan Eagleson of the NHL Players' Association. 

Taking inspiration from soccer's FIFA World Cup, Eagleson proposed a new tournament that would bring together all the top hockey-playing nations. After successful negotiations with hockey officials from the Soviet Union in September 1974, Eagleson began arranging the Canada Cup tournament, which debuted in 1976.

It was the first international ice hockey tournament that allowed hockey nations to field their top players, as the Winter Olympics was a strictly amateur competition and the annual World Championships clashed with the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The tournaments, held every three to five years, took place in North American venues prior to the start of the National Hockey League (NHL) regular season. Of the five Canada Cup tournaments, four were won by Canada, while the Soviet Union won one in 1981.

 

 World Cup of Hockey-

In 1996, the Canada Cup officially changed its name to the World Cup of Hockey. The United States defeated Canada to win that year's inaugural tournament. Other competitors were the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Slovakia and Sweden.

Eight years later, the second installment of the World Cup of Hockey took place in 2004, just prior to the 2004–05 NHL lockout. Canada won its first tournament championship, defeating the Czech Republic in the semifinals and Finland in the final match.

 Trophy-


1996 World Cup trophy
In 2004, award-winning Canadian architect Frank Gehry designed a new trophy for the tournament. It is made from a composite alloy of copper and nickel as well as solid cast urethane plastic.[citation needed] The trophy has been criticized by the sports community noting the Toronto Sun's headline "What is that?"

 

Results-

Year Champion Runner-up Semi-finalists
1996  United States  Canada  Russia and  Sweden
2004  Canada  Finland  Czech Republic and  United States

 

2011 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships-

The 2011 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships is the 75th such event hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation. Teams representing 48 countries will participate in four levels of competition. The competition will also serve as qualifications for the 2012 competition.

 

Championship-

The Championship will take place between sixteen teams from 29 April to 15 May 2011. Slovakia will host the event with games being played in Bratislava and KoŇ°ice.

  •  Austria — promoted to Championship pool for 2011
  •  Belarus
  •  Canada
  •  Czech Republic
  •  Denmark
  •  Finland
  •  France
  •  Germany
  •  Latvia
  •  Norway
  •  Russia
  •  Slovakia
  •  Slovenia — promoted to Championship pool for 2011
  •  Sweden
  •  Switzerland
  •  United States

                          United Center for Hockey Stadium

 Division I-

Division I was held from April 17 to April 23, 2011. Participants in this tournament were separated into two separate tournament groups. The Group A tournament was contested in Budapest, Hungary. Group B's games were played in Kiev, Ukraine.

World Cup ice hockey tournament in 2011-


The World Cup of Hockey is an international ice hockey tournament. Inaugurated in 1996, it is the successor to the previous Canada Cup, which ran from 1976 to 1991. The tournament has occurred twice, with the United States winning in 1996 and Canada winning in 2004. The next installment of the World Cup of Hockey will take place in 2011.[1]


Unlike its International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)-sanctioned counterpart, the annual World Championships, the World Cup of Hockey is organized by the National Hockey League (NHL). As such, the games are played under NHL rules and not those of the IIHF. The World Cup of Hockey also occurs outside of the hockey season, allowing for all the best players in the world to be available, unlike the World Championships, which overlaps with the Stanley Cup playoffs.


The World Cup of Hockey was preceded by the Canada Cup, which began in 1976 in a combined effort from Douglas Fisher of Hockey Canada and Alan Eagleson of the NHL Players' Association.[2] Taking inspiration from soccer's FIFA World Cup, Eagleson proposed a new tournament that would bring together all the top hockey-playing nations.

After successful negotiations with hockey officials from the Soviet Union in September 1974, Eagleson began arranging the Canada Cup tournament, which debuted in 1976.[3] It was the first international ice hockey tournament that allowed hockey nations to field their top players, as the Winter Olympics was a strictly amateur competition and the annual World Championships clashed with the Stanley Cup playoffs.


Group A:
  •  Hungary
  •  Italy — relegated to Division I for 2011
  •  Japan
  •  South Korea
  •  Spain — promoted to Division I for 2011
  •  Netherlands
Group B:
  •  Estonia — promoted to Division I for 2011
  •  Great Britain
  •  Kazakhstan — relegated to Division I for 2011
  •  Lithuania
  •  Poland
  •  Ukraine

 Division II-

Participants in Division II tournament were separated into two separate tournament groups. The Group A tournament was contested in Melbourne, Australia, from April 4 to April 10, 2011. Group B's games were played in Zagreb, Croatia, from April 10 to April 16, 2011.

Group A:
  •  Australia
  •  Belgium
  •  Mexico
  •  New Zealand
  •  North Korea — promoted to Division II for 2011
  •  Serbia — relegated to Division II for 2011
Group B:
  •  Bulgaria
  •  China
  •  Croatia — relegated to Division II for 2011
  •  Iceland
  •  Ireland — promoted to Division II for 2011
  •  Romania

 Division III-

Division III was held from April 11 to April 17, 2011. This tournament tournament was contested in Cape Town, South Africa.

  •  Greece
  •  Israel — relegated to Division III for 2011
  •  Luxembourg
  •  Mongolia
  •  South Africa
  •  Turkey — relegated to Division III for 2011


The next installment of the World Cup of Hockey will take place in 2011. Unlike its International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)-sanctioned counterpart, 

INTERNATIONAL ICE HOCKEY FEDERATION ... Click here for the 2011 IIHF World Championship website. 2011 IIHF World Championship Division I

The soccer World Cup and the hockey World Cup are two completely different formats despite their similar names. Is the next World Cup ice hockey tournament in 2011? There are never any serious jump between them (1996, 2004 and 2011)

Hockey World Cup 2011-

Kosice: 29 Apr 2011 - 15 May 2011 Event: sport

The 75th IIHF World Championship will take place for the first time on Slovak ice where the world's best ice hockey nations will face each other for declaring the best team. Sixteen teams will play a total of 56 games between April 29 and May 15, 2011. The tournament is set to start off with a preliminary round of four groups, each containing four teams.

The groups will be playing in Bratislava and Ko�ice.

Group A (Bratislava): Russia, Slovakia, Germany, Slovenia.
Group B (Kosice): Canada, Switzerland, Belarus, France.
Group C (Kosice): Sweden, United States, Norway, Austria.
Group D (Bratislava): Finland, Czech Republic, Latvia, Denmark.


QuoteSPORTSNET.CA The World Cup of Hockey will return in September 2011, National Hockey League Players Association executive director Paul Kelly  
23 Feb 2010 ... The fate of the 2011 cricket World Cup hinges on the smooth organisation of the Hockey World Cup and the Commonwealth Games in India,  

The 75th IIHF World Championship will take place for the first time on Slovak ice where the world's best ice hockey nations will face each other for every moment.

Russia is about to officially submit its bid for hosting the Ice Hockey World Cup in 2016, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said at a government session. 

 
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