Motorpoint Arena, courtesy of Creative Commons

Nottingham plays host to the 2023 Ice Hockey World Championships this week with Great Britain looking to end the week as champions against five rival sides.

The tournament kicked off last Saturday with Poland thrashing Lithuania 7-0, with Italy, South Korea and Romania making up the rest of the competitors vying for the success by the end of the week.

With the city attracting fans from across the world, we thought we would provide a helpful guide to those fans who aren’t as familiar with the sport:

Team GB:

Great Britain have made a blistering start to the competition, as they’re unbeaten with two wins and one overtime win to put them top of the table at the halfway stage of the tournament. Head Coach Peter Russell is hoping for more of the same from his side as they face Romania on Wednesday night before a final clash with Italy on Friday evening. Liam Kirk has started the tournament brightly with two goals and four assists in his three matches, with Cade Neilson leading the scoring for team GB with three goals. Nottingham Panthers pair Matthew Myers and Mike Hammond will be looking to impress at their home venue this week.

Tournament Format:

  • The teams play a single round-robin series
  • Each teams plays each opponent once
  • The first two winning teams of the event will be promoted to the Top Division
  • The last-ranked team will be relegated to the Division I Group B

Points System:

  • 3 points for the winning team at the conclusion of regulation time
  • 1 point for both teams at the conclusion of regulation time if the game is tied
  • An additional point earned for the team winning the game in a 5-minute overtime period, or the Penalty-Shot Shootout if the teams are still tied following conclusion of the overtime period
  • 0 points for the team losing the game in regulation time

Final Ranking System:

The gold medal game and bronze medal game will determine the final ranking for the top-4 teams. The eliminated teams from the preliminary round plus the losing teams of the quarter-finals will be ranked following their positions in the groups preceding the quarter-final round.

The final ranking will follow the following procedure:
1. Higher position in the group,
2. Higher number of points,
3. Better goal difference,
4. Higher number of goals scored for,
5. Better seeding number

Tickets remain available for this year’s tournament, with three games being played every day providing plenty of entertainment for prospective hockey fans.

Motorpoint photo courtesy of Creative Commons, used under the CC BY-SA 4.0