Great Britain teams learn venues for 2019 World Championship tournaments

Great Britain’s international teams know the venues for next year’s World Championship tournaments following voting at the IIHF annual Congress on Friday.

Ice Hockey UK won the bids to stage two tournaments in the UK, successfully winning the right to host the Women’s and U18 Women’s championships.

The Women’s Division 2A tournament will take place at Dumfries Ice Bowl from 2nd to 8th April, 2019.

Following no relegation in the women’s structure last season, as part of the process to enlarge the top flight to 10 teams, GB will host Australia, DPR Korea, Mexico and Slovenia, along with Spain who were promoted from Division 2B.

Great Britain U20 will travel to Estonia for the Division 2A tournament from 13th to 19th January

GB will once again come up against Korea, Estonia and Romania, while they will be joined by relegated Lithuania and promoted Spain.

Great Britain U18 will make the trip to Hungary for the Division 1B championship from 14th to 20th April following their promotion last season.

The GB juniors will come up against Austria, Japan, Hungary and Italy, as well as Slovenia who were relegated from their second tier last season.

Dumfries Ice Bowl will also be the venue for the U18 Women’s Division 1B tournament running from 6th to 12th January.

GB will be joined by France, Poland and China, along with promoted Netherlands and relegated Norway.

All tournament dates are subject to official confirmation.

The venue, group and date for Great Britain Men in the top flight of the World Championship structure in Slovakia next year will be confirmed soon.

IHUK chairman, Richard Grieveson, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to secure two more international tournaments for the UK.

“We have a proven track record of hosting tournaments at all levels and we are excited to have two top women’s events next season in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council.”