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Ice hockey at the 2018 Winter Olympics – Men's qualification

Qualification for the men's tournament at the 2018 Winter Olympics was determined by the IIHF World Ranking following the 2015 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. The host along with the top eight teams in the world ranking received automatic berths into the Olympics, while all other teams had an opportunity to qualify for the remaining three spots in the Olympics.[1] This was the fourth time world rankings were used but the first time that the championships three years prior was used as the final determination.

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Qualified teamsEdit

Event Date Location Vacancies Qualified
Hosts 19 September 2014[2]   Tenerife 1   South Korea
2015 IIHF World Ranking[a] 2 April 2012 – 17 May 2015   Prague and Ostrava[b] 8[1]   Sweden
  Finland
  Canada
  Russia[c]
  United States
  Czech Republic
   Switzerland
  Slovakia
Final qualification tournament 1–4 September 2016   Minsk 1   Slovenia
Final qualification tournament 1–4 September 2016   Riga 1   Germany
Final qualification tournament 1–4 September 2016   Oslo 1   Norway
Total 12
Notes
  1. a 2015 IIHF World Ranking were comprising the following events: 2012 World Championship, 2013 World Championship, 2014 Winter Olympic Games, 2014 World Championship and 2015 World Championship
  2. b Prague and Ostrava were the sites for 2015 IIHF World Championship; at the conclusion of the tournament the ranking were finalized with regards to the qualification slots.
  3. c In December 2017, the IOC suspended Russia from competing at the Winter Olympics as part of its sanctions following state-sponsored doping allegations. Russian athletes deemed clean were permitted to compete as Olympic Athletes from Russia.[3]

Qualification seedingEdit

To qualify directly, a nation had to be ranked in the top eight following the 2015 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.[1] Using the IIHF World Ranking points system, the current year received full value, and each preceding year was worth 25% less. Teams that wished to compete had to apply in April 2015. The following is a ranking based on points already accumulated toward Olympic qualification of all countries participating in 2015.

Points were earned based on overall finish in 2015:

Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ...
Points 1200 1160 1120 1100 1060 1040 1020 1000 960 940 920 900 880 860 840 820 800 780 760 740 ...
     Qualified directly to Olympic Tournament
     Entered qualifying in the final round
     Entered qualifying in the preliminary round 2
     Entered qualifying in the preliminary round 1
Qualifying seed Team WC 2015 WC 2014 OLY 2014 WC 2013 WC 2012 Total
1   Canada 1200 795 900 530 265 3690
2   Russia 1160 900 795 520 300 3675
3   Sweden 1060 840 870 600 260 3630
4   Finland 1040 870 840 550 275 3575
5   United States 1120 780 825 560 255 3540
6   Czech Republic 1100 825 780 510 280 3495
7    Switzerland 1000 705 720 580 230 3235
8   Slovakia 960 720 690 500 290 3160
9   Belarus 1020 765 645 430 215 3075
10   Latvia 880 690 750 460 235 3015
11   Norway 920 675 675 470 250 2990
12   France 900 750 600 440 240 2930
13   Germany 940 645 630 480 225 2920
14   Slovenia 820 600 765 410 200 2795
15   Denmark 860 660 585 450 220 2775
16   Austria 840 585 705 420 195 2745
17   Kazakhstan 800 615 660 400 205 2680
18   Italy 720 630 615 390 210 2565
19   Hungary 780 540 525 380 190 2415
20   Japan 740 570 480 370 185 2345
21   Ukraine 700 555 540 340 175 2310
22   Poland 760 510 510 330 165 2275
Hosts   South Korea 680 525 495 360 170 2230
23   Great Britain 660 465 570 350 180 2225
24   Netherlands 580 450 555 320 160 2065
25   Lithuania 640 480 465 300 150 2035
26   Croatia 620 495 405 280 130 1930
27   Romania 560 435 435 310 155 1895
28   Estonia 600 420 420 290 140 1870
29   Serbia 520 390 375 240 120 1645
30   Spain 500 330 450 230 135 1645
31   Mexico 400 315 390 200 95 1400
32   Israel 360 345 360 220 90 1375
  Belgium 540 360 0 270 110 1280
33   Iceland 480 405 0 260 125 1270
  Australia 460 375 0 250 145 1230
  New Zealand 420 300 0 210 115 1045
34   China 440 285 0 190 105 1020
35   Bulgaria 380 240 0 170 100 890
  South Africa 340 270 0 160 85 855
  Turkey 300 255 0 180 80 815
  North Korea 320 225 0 150 75 770
  Luxembourg 280 210 0 140 70 700
  United Arab Emirates 220 180 0 110 0 510
36   Georgia 240 165 0 90 0 495
  Hong Kong 260 195 0 0 0 455
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 200 0 0 0 0 200
  • Three nations were not listed who have achieved ranking points but were not participating in IIHF tournaments: Ireland, Greece, and Mongolia.
  • Nations with no seeding chose not to participate in Olympic qualifying.

Preliminary round 1Edit

The two lowest ranked participants played off for the right to compete in this round on 10 October 2015, in Sofia, Bulgaria. The round itself was played from 5 to 8 November 2015. The winner of each group advanced to the pre-qualification tournaments as qualifiers seven and eight ranked according their seeding.[4]

Playoff gameEdit

10 October 2015
19:30
Bulgaria  9–1
(2–1, 3–0, 4–0)
  GeorgiaWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 581

Group KEdit

Games were played at Tallinn, Estonia.[5]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Estonia (H) 3 3 0 0 0 58 4 +54 9 Pre-qualification
2   Mexico 3 2 0 0 1 16 15 +1 6
3   Israel 3 1 0 0 2 6 26 −20 3
4   Bulgaria 3 0 0 0 3 4 39 −35 0
Source: IIHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

All times are local (UTC+2).

5 November 2015
15:00
Mexico  8–2
(1–0, 3–2, 4–0)
  BulgariaTallinn Arena, Tallinn
Attendance: 238
5 November 2015
19:00
Israel  1–19
(0–6, 0–5, 1–8)
  EstoniaTallinn Arena, Tallinn
Attendance: 850
6 November 2015
15:00
Mexico  5–0
(2–0, 1–0, 2–0)
  IsraelTallinn Arena, Tallinn
Attendance: 237
6 November 2015
19:00
Estonia  26–0
(10–0, 8–0, 8–0)
  BulgariaTallinn Arena, Tallinn
Attendance: 647
8 November 2015
13:00
Bulgaria  2–5
(1–0, 0–1, 1–4)
  IsraelTallinn Arena, Tallinn
Attendance: 205
8 November 2015
17:00
Estonia  13–3
(3–1, 3–2, 7–0)
  MexicoTallinn Arena, Tallinn
Attendance: 1,150

Group LEdit

Games were played in Valdemoro, Spain.

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Serbia 3 2 1 0 0 15 8 +7 8 Pre-qualification
2   Spain (H) 3 2 0 0 1 18 9 +9 6
3   Iceland 3 1 0 1 1 18 13 +5 4
4   China 3 0 0 0 3 5 26 −21 0
Source: IIHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

All times are local (UTC+1).

6 November 2015
16:00
Iceland  4–5 GWS
(2–2, 0–1, 2–1)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 0–1)
  SerbiaFrancisco Fernández Ochoa Arena, Valdemoro
Attendance: 125
6 November 2015
19:30
Spain  10–1
(2–0, 6–1, 2–0)
  ChinaFrancisco Fernández Ochoa Arena, Valdemoro
Attendance: 750
7 November 2015
16:00
Serbia  5–1
(4–0, 1–1, 0–0)
  ChinaFrancisco Fernández Ochoa Arena, Valdemoro
Attendance: 120
7 November 2015
19:30
Spain  5–3
(2–1, 2–1, 1–1)
  IcelandFrancisco Fernández Ochoa Arena, Valdemoro
Attendance: 850
8 November 2015
16:00
China  3–11
(0–7, 1–2, 2–2)
  IcelandFrancisco Fernández Ochoa Arena, Valdemoro
Attendance: 150
8 November 2015
20:00
Serbia  5–3
(0–2, 2–0, 3–1)
  SpainFrancisco Fernández Ochoa Arena, Valdemoro
Attendance: 950

Preliminary round 2Edit

Three round robins were played from 11 to 14 February 2016. The teams seeded 18th, 19th, and 20th reserved the right to host these tournaments. The winners of each advanced to the final qualification tournaments as qualifiers four, five, and six, ranked according to their seeding.

Group GEdit

Games were played at Cortina, Italy.[5]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Italy (H) 3 3 0 0 0 18 4 +14 9 Final qualification
2   Great Britain 3 2 0 0 1 14 13 +1 6
3   Netherlands 3 1 0 0 2 14 13 +1 3
4   Serbia 3 0 0 0 3 5 21 −16 0
Source: IIHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

All times are local (UTC+1).

11 February 2016
17:00
Great Britain  6–5
(2–1, 2–2, 2–2)
  NetherlandsStadio Olympica, Cortina d'Ampezzo
Attendance: 302
11 February 2016
20:45
Italy  8–0
(3–0, 3–0, 2–0)
  SerbiaStadio Olympica, Cortina d'Ampezzo
Attendance: 814
13 February 2016
17:00
Great Britain  6–2
(2–1, 2–1, 2–0)
  SerbiaStadio Olympica, Cortina d'Ampezzo
Attendance: 489
13 February 2016
20:45
Netherlands  2–4
(1–2, 1–1, 0–1)
  ItalyStadio Olympica, Cortina d'Ampezzo
Attendance: 862
14 February 2016
17:00
Serbia  3–7
(0–2, 2–2, 1–3)
  NetherlandsStadio Olympica, Cortina d'Ampezzo
Attendance: 428
14 February 2016
20:45
Italy  6–2
(3–0, 1–1, 2–1)
  Great BritainStadio Olympica, Cortina d'Ampezzo
Attendance: 781

Group HEdit

Games were played at the László Papp Budapest Sports Arena at Budapest, Hungary.[6]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Poland 3 2 1 0 0 16 3 +13 8 Final qualification
2   Hungary (H) 3 2 0 1 0 11 2 +9 7
3   Estonia 3 1 0 0 2 7 14 −7 3
4   Lithuania 3 0 0 0 3 2 17 −15 0
Source: IIHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

All times are local (UTC+1).

11 February 2016
16:00
Poland  6–2
(3–0, 2–1, 1–1)
  EstoniaLászló Papp Budapest Sports Arena, Budapest
Attendance: 858
11 February 2016
19:30
Lithuania  0–4
(0–1, 0–1, 0–2)
  HungaryLászló Papp Budapest Sports Arena, Budapest
Attendance: 7,110
12 February 2016
14:30
Poland  9–1
(2–0, 5–0, 2–1)
  LithuaniaLászló Papp Budapest Sports Arena, Budapest
Attendance: 640
12 February 2016
18:00
Hungary  7–1
(2–0, 2–1, 3–0)
  EstoniaLászló Papp Budapest Sports Arena, Budapest
Attendance: 8,100
14 February 2016
14:30
Estonia  4–1
(3–1, 0–0, 1–0)
  LithuaniaLászló Papp Budapest Sports Arena, Budapest
Attendance: 950
14 February 2016
18:00
Hungary  0–1 GWS
(0–0, 0–0, 0–0)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 0–1)
  PolandLászló Papp Budapest Sports Arena, Budapest
Attendance: 9,000

Group JEdit

Games were played in Sapporo, Japan.[7]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Japan (H) 3 3 0 0 0 12 1 +11 9 Final qualification
2   Ukraine 3 2 0 0 1 10 2 +8 6
3   Croatia 3 1 0 0 2 4 10 −6 3
4   Romania 3 0 0 0 3 1 14 −13 0
Source: IIHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

All times are local (UTC+9).

11 February 2016
14:30
Ukraine  3–0
(0–0, 2–0, 1–0)
  RomaniaTsukisamu Gymnasium, Sapporo
Attendance: 1,020
11 February 2016
18:00
Croatia  0–3
(0–0, 0–1, 0–2)
  JapanTsukisamu Gymnasium, Sapporo
Attendance: 1,828
13 February 2016
14:30
Ukraine  6–0
(3–0, 1–0, 2–0)
  CroatiaTsukisamu Gymnasium, Sapporo
Attendance: 1,227
13 February 2016
18:00
Japan  7–0
(0–0, 5–0, 2–0)
  RomaniaTsukisamu Gymnasium, Sapporo
Attendance: 2,265
14 February 2016
14:30
Romania  1–4
(0–1, 1–2, 0–1)
  CroatiaTsukisamu Gymnasium, Sapporo
Attendance: 1,003
14 February 2016
18:00
Japan  2–1
(0–0, 0–0, 2–1)
  UkraineTsukisamu Gymnasium, Sapporo
Attendance: 2,000

Final qualificationEdit

Three round robins were played from 1 to 4 September 2016. The teams seeded 9th, 10th, and 11th reserved the right to host these tournaments. The top two seeded group winners qualified for the Olympic tournament Group C, and the third seeded group winner qualified for Group B.

Group DEdit

Games were played in Minsk, Belarus.[8]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Slovenia 3 2 1 0 0 12 3 +9 8 2018 Winter Olympics
2   Belarus (H) 3 2 0 1 0 12 8 +4 7
3   Denmark 3 1 0 0 2 7 10 −3 3
4   Poland 3 0 0 0 3 6 16 −10 0
Source: IIHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

All times are local (UTC+3).

1 September 2016
15:00
Slovenia  6–1
(2–0, 3–0, 1–1)
  PolandMinsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 1,800
1 September 2016
19:00
Denmark  2–5
(1–2, 0–0, 1–3)
  BelarusMinsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 15,086
2 September 2016
15:00
Slovenia  3–0
(0–0, 1–0, 2–0)
  DenmarkMinsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 2,090
2 September 2016
19:00
Belarus  5–3
(4–2, 1–0, 0–1)
  PolandMinsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 10,820
4 September 2016
13:00
Poland  2–5
(1–1, 0–2, 1–2)
  DenmarkMinsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 2,390
4 September 2016
17:00
Belarus  2–3 GWS
(0–0, 1–2, 1–0)
OT (0–0)
SO (0–1)
  SloveniaMinsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 15,086

Group EEdit

Games were played in Riga, Latvia.[9]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Germany 3 3 0 0 0 14 2 +12 9 2018 Winter Olympics
2   Latvia (H) 3 2 0 0 1 13 5 +8 6
3   Austria 3 1 0 0 2 4 14 −10 3
4   Japan 3 0 0 0 3 1 11 −10 0
Source: IIHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.

All times are local (UTC+3).

1 September 2016
15:30
Germany  5–0
(2–0, 3–0, 0–0)
  JapanArena Riga, Riga
Attendance: 979
1 September 2016
19:30
Austria  1–8
(1–2, 0–3, 0–3)
  LatviaArena Riga, Riga
Attendance: 4,210
2 September 2016
15:30
Germany  6–0
(1–0, 2–0, 3–0)
  AustriaArena Riga, Riga
Attendance: 1,062
2 September 2016
19:30
Latvia  3–1
(0–0, 1–0, 2–1)
  JapanArena Riga, Riga
Attendance: 3,851
4 September 2016
14:00
Japan  0–3
(0–1, 0–0, 0–2)
  AustriaArena Riga, Riga
Attendance: 727
4 September 2016
18:00
Latvia  2–3
(0–1, 1–1, 1–1)
  GermanyArena Riga, Riga
Attendance: 10,035

Group FEdit

Games were played in Oslo, Norway.

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Norway (H) 3 2 0 1 0 9 6 +3 7 2018 Winter Olympics
2   France 3 1 1 0 1 7 4 +3 5[a]
3   Kazakhstan 3 1 1 0 1 8 9 −1 5[a]
4   Italy 3 0 0 1 2 4 9 −5 1
Source: IIHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b France 4–1 Kazakhstan

All times are local (UTC+2).

1 September 2016
16:00
France  2–1 OT
(0–0, 1–1, 0–0)
(OT 1–0)
  ItalyJordal Amfi, Oslo
Attendance: 643
1 September 2016
20:00
Kazakhstan  4–3 OT
(0–0, 3–1, 0–2)
(OT 1–0)
  NorwayJordal Amfi, Oslo
Attendance: 2,714
2 September 2016
16:00
France  4–1
(2–1, 0–0, 2–0)
  KazakhstanJordal Amfi, Oslo
Attendance: 378
2 September 2016
20:00
Norway  4–1
(2–0, 0–1, 2–0)
  ItalyJordal Amfi, Oslo
Attendance: 3,751
4 September 2016
11:30
Italy  2–3
(1–1, 1–1, 0–1)
  KazakhstanJordal Amfi, Oslo
Attendance: 386
4 September 2016
15:00
Norway  2–1
(0–0, 1–1, 1–0)
  FranceJordal Amfi, Oslo
Attendance: 4,277

ReferencesEdit

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