The Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) is staging a Ladies’s World Championship in an Olympic yr for the primary time, with competitors as a result of start in Denmark tomorrow.

The US and Japan are set to satisfy within the opening sport at Herning’s KVIK Hockey Enviornment – one in every of two venues together with Scanel Hockey Enviornment in Frederikshavn.

That conflict is available in Group A and all 5 groups within the pool are assured a spot within the quarter-finals, however can be preventing for seeding.

Finland, Switzerland and defending champions Canada full Group A.

Hosts Denmark, Hungary, Germany, the Czech Republic and Sweden comprise Group B, with the highest three to earn quarter-final berths.

Sweden have changed Russia within the wake of groups from Russia and Belarus being barred from IIHF tournaments over the warfare in Ukraine.

Reigning world and Olympic champions Canada are the red-hot favourites, having gained this occasion a file 11 occasions.

Canada and the US have met in 19 of the 20 previous finals, plus six of the seven Olympic gold-medal matches.

Denmark has never hosted the IIHF Women's World Championship before ©Getty Images
Denmark has by no means hosted the IIHF Ladies’s World Championship earlier than ©Getty Photos

Captain Marie-Philip Poulin leads the Canadian workforce, as she did at Beijing 2022 when Poulin was named to the All-Star Workforce and tallied 17 factors in seven video games.

Finland, runners-up in 2019 and third at each the 2021 World Championship and 2022 Winter Olympics, would be the most definitely to disrupt the North American domination.

Finland’s squad contains Anni Keisala, who was named the perfect goaltender on the 2021 World Championship.

American preparations have been disrupted by head coach John Wroblewski being away from the workforce after testing optimistic for COVID-19.

The group stage is because of conclude on August 30.

Knockout matches ought to then observe in early September, with the ultimate set for September 4.

Denmark has by no means staged the IIHF Ladies’s World Championship earlier than.