Following the quarterfinal matches of the 2023 Hockey World Cup, the semifinalists of the tournament became known.
The teams of the USA, Germany, Canada and Latvia made it to the 1/2 finals.
In the 1/4 finals, the Americans defeated the Czech Republic – 3:0, and the Germans beat Switzerland – 1:3.
In turn, Canada knocked out last year's World Cup triumphants from the tournament – the Finnish team. The Maple Leaf team was stronger than the Finns with a score of 4:1.
But the biggest sensation at the tournament was made by the Latvian team. In the quarterfinals, the Latvians created a loud upset, beating Sweden – 1:3. Latvian hockey players for the first time in history reached the semifinals of the World Cup. Before that, their highest achievement was five quarterfinals.
In the semifinals, the US team will compete with Germany. The other finalist will be determined by Canada and Latvia. Both semifinal matches are scheduled for Saturday, May 27.
The pairs of the 1/2 finals of the 2023 Hockey World Cup
- US – Germany
- Canada – Latvia
The 2023 Hockey World Cup final and the 3rd place match will take place on Sunday, May 28.
The 2023 Ice Hockey World Championship in the elite division takes place in Tampere, Finland and Latvian Riga from May 12 to 28. The tournament was supposed to be hosted by Russia, but due to the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the national teams of the Russian Federation and Belarus were suspended, and the venue of the planetary championship was changed.
Recall that the national team of Ukraine next year for the fifth time in a row will play in the third strongest division of the world championship in hockey. In the decisive match of the 2023 World Cup in Division IB, the blue-yellows lost to Japan and finished in second place, failing to advance in class.
In the war with the Russian invaders, the champion of Ukraine in hockey died
At the 2023 Hockey World Cup, flags of Russia and Belarus were banned, Ukrainian received a special status
Only under one condition: the president of the International Ice Hockey Federation spoke about the admission of the Russian Federation and Belarus