Great Britain men's national ice hockey team: team GB to compete for hockey's biggest prize in 2019
A founding member of the International Ice Hockey Federation in 1908, Great Britain men's national ice hockey team was one of the game's early front-runners in the early 20th century. The team won the first ever IIHF European Championship in 1910 (held in Switzerland), finished as bronze medalists at the 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, and were crowned Olympic champions in 1936 in Germany.
However, since then the men's GB national team has struggled; failing to qualify for the Olympics for over 70 years and regularly finishing outside the top 20 at the World Championships. However, for the first time in 25 years in 2019, the men's GB team will compete at the top-level of the World Championships, meaning they will have the chance to win the country's first medal since 1938 in Czechoslovakia.
Held from early-mid May each year, the World Championship is the premier event of the hockey calendar and will be hosted by Slovakia in 2019, with the host cities being Bratislava and Kosice. Buy Great Britain men's national ice hockey team tickets now at StubHub and be there to cheer the team on.
GB ice hockey team: a place in hockey history at stake
For the first time in two and a half decades, team GB will compete at the IIHF Men's World Championships. After topping Group A during qualifying in Budapest, Hungary, in April 2018, the team was promoted to the championship group for the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
Preceded by the European Championship which was held from 1910 to 1932, the first World Championship tournament was held at the 1920 Summer Olympics. The first three championships were contested at the Olympics, while the first World Championships that were an individual event were held in 1930 in cities in France, Austria and Germany. The modern format for the World Championship features 16 teams in the championship group, 12 teams in Division I and 12 teams in Division II. If there are more than 40 teams, the rest compete in Division III. The teams in the championship play a preliminary round, then the top eight teams play in the playoff medal round and the winning team is crowned World Champion.
The current champions are Sweden, who beat Switzerland 3–2 in 2018. In doing so, Sweden won their second consecutive and eleventh overall title. Who will be crowned champion in 2019? Buy Ice Hockey World Championships tickets at StubHub and find out live.
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