If your favorite team, or player, happens to be knocked out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, perhaps watching the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship games might be on your to-do-list. Thanks to main sponsor Škoda, you are able to watch all 64 games live on www.youtube.com/icehockey. Those in the USA can watch via NBC Sports Network
The 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs has been a rather interesting one, seeing many top teams knocked out early. For the IIHF however, this beefs up rosters as the players knocked out tend to play for their country in a chance to win the gold. Power rankings see Canada on top, followed in order by Russia, Sweden, Finalnd, Czech Republic and then finally, USA.Team rosters can be found here.
The preliminary rounds start today as two groups, H (Helinski) and S (Stockholm) square off. Group H has both Canada and the USA while Group S has Russia and Sweden. Two games have already been completed, USA defeating France 7 – 2 and Germany taking down Italy 3 – 0. Canada starts here shortly, 9:15 AM EST, as they take on Slovakia.