It’s time for the 2019 IIHF World Championship. Sweden is the reigning world champion and is aiming for their third gold in Bratislava, Slovakia. The tournament will run between 10 – 26 May. In this post you will find information about schedule, Sweden’s matches, and potential reinforcements from NHL. In the group stage, the sixteen teams are divided into two groups. The top four teams advance to the playoffs.
Schedule, IIHF World Championship 2019
The group stage is played May 10-21. Sweden’s matches are played the following days / times:
Friday May 10, 2019 at. 20:15, Czech Republic-Sweden
Sunday May 12, 2019 at 16:15, Italy-Sweden
Monday, May 13, 2019 at. 20:15, Norway-Sweden
Thursday May 16, 2019 at. 16:15, Sweden-Austria
Saturday May 18, 2019 at. 20:15, Sweden-Switzerland
Monday, May 20, 2019 at. 16:15, Sweden-Latvia
Tuesday May 21, 2019 at. 20:15, Sweden-Russia
The play offs start with quarter finals May 23:
Thursday May 23, 2019 at. 16:15, Quarter Final 1
Thursday May 23, 2019 at. 16:15, Quarterfinal 2
Thursday May 23, 2019 at. 20:15, Quartz Final 3
Thursday May 23, 2019 at. 20:15, Quarterfinal 4
The semifinals are played May 25:
Saturday May 25, 2019 at. 15:15, Semi-final 1
Saturday May 25, 2019 at. 19:15, Semifinal 2
Final and Bronze Match are settled on Sunday May 26:
Sunday May 26, 2019 at 15:45, Bronze match
Sunday May 26, 2019 at 20:15, Final
Sweden in the 2019 IIHF World Championship
(This text is continuously updated). For the past two years, coach Rikard Grönborg has been able to build a team around a core of players from the NHL. So far the following players are joining Three Crowns:
Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers)
Jacob Markström (Vancouver Canucks)
Erik Gustafsson (Chicago Blackhawks)
Adam Larsson (Edmonton Oilers)
Robert Hägg (Philadelphia Flyers)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona Coyotes)
Elias Pettersson (Vancouver Canucks)
Marcus Krüger (Chicago Blackhawks)
Oskar Lindblom (Philadelphia Flyers)
Adrian Kempe (Los Angeles Kings)
Mario Kempe (Arizona Coyotes)
Jesper Bratt (New Jersey Devils)
Loui Eriksson (Vancouver Canucks)
More players will probably join soon.
How many World Championships have Sweden won?
Answer: 11 (1953, 1957, 1962, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1998, 2006, 2013, 2017, 2018).
In addition, we have two Olympic gold medals (1994 and 2006).