For those interested in seeing top flight international ice hockey teams battle each other for the right to be called the best team in the world, the IIHF World Championships 2013 begin today!

Taking place in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland, this tournament has increased pressure for the teams and players involved, being the last major international tournament before next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  Players will be looking to make as good an impression as possible in the run up to the world’s biggest winter sports event, and this should therefore make for a tournament that is even more exciting than usual.

Fans will be able to see some of the best players in the world; some of the players to watch by country:

Austria: Thomas Vanek

Canada: Taylor Hall, Matt Duchene, Eric & Jordan Staal, Jordan Eberle, Claude Giroux, Steven Stamkos, Ryan O’Reilly, Jeff Skinner, Brian Campbell, Andrew Ladd, Justin Schultz, Wayne Simmonds

Czech Rep: Ladislav Smid, Zbynek Michalek, Jiri Novotny, Tomas Fleischmann, Radim Vrbata, Jakub Voracek, Jiri Hudler, Jiri Tlusty, Martin Hanzal, Jan Hejda, Tomas Hertl

Finland: Niklas Hagman, Sami Lepisto, Ossi Väänänen

France: Tim Bozon, Cristobal Huet, Antoine Roussel

Germany: Christian Ehrhoff, Marcel Goc

Latvia: Arturs Kulda

Norway: Patrick Thoresen

Russia: Artem Anisimov, Alex Radulov, Ilya Kovalchuk, Semyon Varlamov

Slovakia: Miroslav Satan, Andrej Sekera, Tomas Kopecky

Sweden: Calle Jarnkrok, Gabriel Landeskog, Jhonas Enroth, Jacob Markstrom

Switzerland: Nino Niederreiter, Roman Josi

USA: Jeff Petry, Jamie McBain, Erik Johnson, Jacob Trouba, Nick Bjugstad, Matt Carle, Paul Stastny, Justin Faulk, Ben Bishop

Premier Sports has the rights to show 10 games of the round-robin games from between today and Saturday 11th May.  Subscribe to them either on Sky Channel 428, or on their recently launched online “Premier Player” for £10 per month.

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Here is the Premier Sports UK TV Broadcast Schedule:

FRI 03 MAY Finland vs. Germany Hartwall Areena 6.15pm Live STREAMING
SAT 04 MAY Czech Republic vs. Sweden Ericsson Globe 10.00pm Delayed STREAMING
SUN 05 MAY Belarus vs. Slovenia Ericsson Globe 11.15am Live STREAMING
MON 06 MAY Germany vs. Slovakia Hartwall Areena 2.15pm Live STREAMING
MON 06 MAY Sweden vs Belarus Ericsson Globe 9.00pm Delayed STREAMING
TUE 07 MAY Russia vs. USA Hartwall Areena 6.15pm Live STREAMING
WED 08 MAY USA vs. Finland Hartwall Areena 9.00pm Delayed STREAMING
THU 09 MAY Sweden vs. Canada Ericsson Globe 7.15pm Live STREAMING
FRI 10 MAY Russia vs. Finland Hartwall Areena 6.15pm Live STREAMING
SAT 11 MAY Switzerland vs. Denmark Ericsson Globe 11.15am Live STREAMING

*Fixtures and times are subject to change

For the full schedule, go to the link on the menu at the top of this blog, or click here.


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