IIHF Congress discusses potential Worlds format change
Thursday, 20 September 2007
I had the pleasure of covering the opening-day activities at the IIHF Semi-Annual Congress in Vancouver today.
VANCOUVER, Canada — September 20 — As the IIHF Semi-Annual Congress kicked off in Vancouver, Canada today, perhaps the biggest news for hockey fans and member federations was the possibility of seeing the IIHF World Championship go from 16 to 14 participating teams.
“We are looking at the possibility of going to 14 teams, divided into two groups of seven,” Sports Committee Chairman and IIHF Vice President Kalervo Kummola confirmed. No timeline for the potential change was specified. But if the next Congress approves the Sports Committee proposal, the new format could possibly be in place for 2010 (Germany), 2011 (Slovakia), or 2012 (Finland).