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    Co-hosting in 2012 and 2013

    IIHF Chairman René Fasel, Finnish and Swedish Federation Chairpersons Kalervo Kummola and Christer Englund announced some minutes ago that the two countries - won the right to host the IHWC in 2012 and 2013 will co-host both events. They call itt a "cross-over" organisation. The IIHF Congress approved the idea today.

    Co-hosting means that on the Finnish IHWC Sweden plays their matches until the Semifinals in Sweden, while on the swedish IHWC Finland can play the matches at home (until the semi-finals).

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    Bad idea. Means screwed up QF pairs and relegation round format like it was last year in Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skratch View Post
    Bad idea. Means screwed up QF pairs and relegation round format like it was last year in Canada.
    And what if SWE and FIN will be on the 4th and 5th place in the world ranking...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerusz View Post
    And what if SWE and FIN will be on the 4th and 5th place in the world ranking...?
    "Home" teams will play home. It can always be arranged. Just ask the Germans.
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    The motivation for this unusual solution (at least from the Finnish side) is the construction of the new arena to Tampere. While it's unlikely to be finished by 2012, it will be ready by 2013 unless something unexpected happens. This way the brand new arena gets to host an IHWC right away.

    Of course it's also a bonus to have home games for your team in two IHWCs in a row.

    Hopefully the relegation groups stays as it is currently. I see no reason why it couldn't. The distances between the Finnish Helsinki, Tampere and Turku and the Swedish Stockholm and Malmö are not that great. Considering that the semifinals and medal games are to be played in the home turf of the main host, perhaps the relegation group will be delayed by a couple of days and played in the other country during the finals games. As for the QF pairs... Well, keeping the current system would mean an extra transportation for the 3rd and 4th seeds from the qualifying group of the main host, nothing more. I think schedule- and transport-wise this is doable.
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