Russia to play against Swiss, French, Latvian squads at 2019 Euro Ice Hockey Challenge

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MOSCOW, February 15. /TASS/. The Russian national ice hockey team is scheduled to play two-match series against the teams of Switzerland, France and Latvia as part of the annual Euro Ice Hockey Challenge, the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RHF) announced on Friday.

The games between Russia and Switzerland will be played at the Shayba Arena in the Russian resort city of Sochi on April 18 and 20. The double set of matches against France and Latvia will be played by the Russian squad away, however, no information was provided as of yet regarding the venues and the dates.

The Euro Ice Hockey Challenge is an annual ice hockey tournament involving Europe’s 12 national teams and is held since 2011. The matches of the Euro Challenge are traditionally played in April and are viewed as a preparatory stage ahead of the IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) World Championships.

The 2019 IIHF World Championship is hosted this year in May by Slovakia. The teams were divided into Groups A and B. Group A will be playing matches in Slovakia’s Kosice and includes hosts Slovakia, Canada, the United States, Finland, Germany, Denmark, France and Great Britain.

Group B will be playing matches in Bratislava and enlists teams from Sweden, Russia, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Norway, Latvia, Austria and Italy.

Slovakia offers two venues for hosting matches of the championship and they are the country’s capital of Bratislava and the country’s second largest city of Kosice. Each city will host 28 matches during the group stage as well as two quarterfinals.

The semifinals, the final and the match for the bronze will be played in Bratislava at the over 10,000-seat capacity Ondrej Nepela Arena.

Kosice, which has a population of 240,000, offers the over 8,300-seat capacity Steel Arena for matches of the annual international ice hockey world championship, which is scheduled for May 10-26, 2019.

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