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2018 Olympic Hockey Groups Set

September 6, 2016 Leave a comment

12 countries met in three locations last week to determine the final three spots in the 2018 Olympic Hockey tournament. Latvia, Norway, and Belarus hosted the final qualification events, but at the end of the day Norway was the only host to survive. The Norwegians scored a late goal over France to finish its qualification round 3-0 with wins over the French, Kazakhstan, and Italy. Elsewhere, Germany’s Tom Kuhnhackl scored a late goal against Latvia to get Germany back to the Olympics. Finally, Slovenia is making its second straight Olympic tournament appearance after beating host Belarus in a shootout in the final game.

With that, the final groups are set:

Canada United States Sweden
Czech Republic Russia Finland
Switzerland Slovakia Norway
South Korea Slovenia Germany

The top four teams will get an automatic berth into the quarterfinals, whereas the remaining eight teams will have to play to get into the quarters.

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