Hockey 101: Qualifying for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games

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Who got in?

The top eight teams in the 2015 IIHF Men’s World Ranking automatically qualified for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games. In order, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland, USA, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovakia all earned automatic berths to the Games in South Korea. As the host nation, South Korea receives a customary bid in the tournament. For the final three spots, Slovenia, Germany and Norway finished first in their respective Olympic qualifying tournaments played in September 2016, bringing the field to twelve teams. 

Group AGroup BGroup C

 Canada

 Russia 

 Finland 

 Czech Republic 

 Slovakia 

 Germany 

 South Korea

 Slovenia 

 Norway 

 Switzerland 

 United States 

 Sweden 

On the women’s side of the ice, the top five teams in the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Ranking qualified automatically for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, with South Korea getting an invite as the host nation. Team USA finished atop the 2016 World Rankings with Canada, Finland, Russia and Sweden rounding out the top five, respectively. Over a three day tournament in February 2017, Japan and Switzerland nabbed the two final spots in women’s hockey.

Group AGroup B

 United States 

 Sweden 

 Canada 

 Switzerland 

 Finland 

 Japan 

 Russia 

 South Korea 

 

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