Olympic qualification announced
Germany, Latvia & Norway to host final men’s qualifier tournaments
MONTREAL – The qualification groups for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, have been announced at the IIHF’s General Congress in Montreal.
24 men’s national teams are fighting for the three remaining spots at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. The top-nine teams of the 2008 IIHF World Ranking are already qualified. Germany, Latvia and Norway as the nations ranked 10th to 12th will host the final qualification tournaments in February 2009. Germany has already announced that its group will be played in the SAP Arena in Mannheim.
For the women’s tournament in Vancouver, the best six nations of the 2008 IIHF Women’s World Ranking are already qualified. Two spots are open for 15 applicants, who will play the qualification games.
Final Olympic Qualification, February 5-8, 2009:
Group E: Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Qualifier. Host: Mannheim (Germany)
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