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Qualification For The Ice Hockey Tournament


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Well, whit the conclusion of the 2008 IIHF men's World Championships, I think its time to get up to date whit whats going on whit the 2010 Olympic Ice Hockey tournament.

Men's tournament

Qualified: the top 9 team from the 2008 world ranking. They have been seeded in three groups of four based on the world ranking (the number in bracket is the team's world ranking). The groups for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games will be:

Group A:

Canada (1)

United States of America (6)

Switzerland (7)

Third Qualifier

Group B:

Russia (2)

Czech Republic (5)

Slovakia (8)

Second Qualified

Group C:

Sweden (3)

Finland (4)

Belarus (9)

First Qualifier

The qualification tournaments: there will be two stages, a pre-qualification and the qualification proper.

Pre-qualification: the teams ranked 19th to 30th will compete in a pre-qualification tournament. The first three teams from the tournament will advance to the qualification tournament. The teams are:

Kazakhstan (19)

Hungary (20)

Poland (21)

Japan (22)

Lithuania (23)

Netherlands (24)

Estonia (25)

Croatia (26)

Romania (27)

China (28)

Great Britain (29)

Serbia (30)

The qualification tournament: the teams ranked 10th to 18th, plus the top three teams from the pre-qualification tournament will compete in the qualification tournament. The top three teams from this tournament, which will take place this November, will qualify for the Olympics. The teams taking part are:

Germany (10)

Latvia (11)

Norway (12)

Denmark (13)

Italy (14)

Slovenia (15)

Austria (16)

Ukraine (17)

France (18)

Pre-Qualifier 1

Pre-Qualifier 2

Pre-Qualifier 3

Women's Tournament

Qualified: the top 6 team from the 2008 world ranking. They have been seeded in two groups of four based on the world ranking (the number in bracket is the team's world ranking). The groups for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games will be:

Group A:

Canada (1)

Sweden (4)

Switzerland (5)

Qualifier 2

Group B:

United States of America (2)

Finland (3)

Russia (6)

Qualifier 1

The qualification tournaments: there will be two stages, a pre-qualification and the qualification proper.

Pre-qualification: the teams ranked 13th to 18th will compete in a pre-qualification tournament. The first two teams from the tournament will advance to the qualification tournament. The teams are:

Latvia (13)

Norway (14)

Italy (15)

Slovenia (16)

Slovakia (17)

Denmark (18)

The qualification tournament: the teams ranked 7th to 12th, plus the top two teams from the pre-qualification tournament will compete in the qualification tournament. The top two teams from this tournament, which will take place this November, will qualify for the Olympics. The teams taking part are:

Germany (7)

China (8)

Japan (9)

Kazakhstan (10)

France (11)

Czech Republic (12)

Pre-Qualifier 1

Pre-Qualifier 2

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