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IIHF determines ‘groups’ for 2014 Olympic teams

File this one under, “Things that don’t quite make sense to me”: It’s entirely possible, if not probable, that the Wings will send the better part of their 12 World Championship representatives to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympics, but the groupings for the teams which will be involved were, strangely, determined today when the IIHF released its 2012 world hockey rankings.

These rankings are mostly based upon teams’ performances at the last Olympic games and this year’s World Championships, where Russia and Slovakia will tangle for Gold tomorrow at 1:30 PM EDT, and the host Finns and the Czech Republic will battle for Bronze at 9 AM EDT. Per the IIHF, here’s how the groupings for Sochi, assuming that NHL players participate in the event, will shake down (with 2012 rankings in parentheses):

Group A:

Russia (1)
Slovakia (6)
USA (7)
Qualifier 3 from Olympic qualifying tournaments held in 2013

Group B:

Finland (2)
Canada (5)
Norway (8)
Qualifier 2 from Olympic qualifying tournaments held in 2013

Group C:

Czech Republic (3)
Sweden (4)
Switzerland (9)
Qualifier 1 from Olympic qualifying tuornaments held in 2013


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Alzy's avatar

Jesus, Group A is the group of death. I feel bad for the Slovaks, they always seem to get put in a group with two other powerhouses.

(hopefully) Canada doesn’t have too tough a time getting a high seed. The Finns will definitely be a stiff test.

Posted by Alzy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 05/19/12 at 07:53 PM ET

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