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Canada and France to Face-Off in Their First IIHF Game

Canada and France to Face-Off in Their First IIHF Game

Canada is still pumped up after taking gold at Sochi and they are eyeing the Ice Hockey World Championships which kicks off this week in Minsk, Belarus.

Canada and France to Face-Off in Their First IIHF Game

The IIHF World Championships start Friday with Canada up against France.

While many see the Canadians as firm favorites, the team does not include most of the players who won gold in Sochi.
There is still plenty of talent, however, including Nathan Mackinnon, Kyle Turris, Sean Monahan, Morgan Reilly and others.

Canada’s lineup includes 18 players with previous international experience as well as Burrows, Chimera, Methot, Myers, Read and Reimer who have previously represented Canada at world championships. Chimera won gold at the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Moscow, Russia.

The tournament is made up of 16 teams that get split into two groups for the preliminary rounds. From this, the top four teams from each group advance to the quarter-finals with cross-overs from both groups.

The first place teams from each of the preliminaries then play the fourth place teams of the alternate group. The second place teams play the third positions from the opposite group. The four tops teams then face off in the semi-finals.

Canada and France will be battling it out on Friday 9th May at the Minsk Arena and the odds for Canada are standing at 1/50 and for France at 25/1.

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