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U.S.-Switzerland to open 2010 Olympics

Friday, 02.20.2009 / 2:50 PM / All-Access Vancouver

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Make your plans now, 357 days in advance -- the first puck drops on the 2010 Olympics at noon ET on Feb. 16, 2010.

The U.S. will face Switzerland in the first game of the quadrennial hockey tournament, followed by host Canada facing Norway at 4:30 p.m. The other opening-day game features Russia against Latvia at 9 p.m.

Defending gold medalist Sweden opens its title defense against Germany at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 17.

The 12 countries have been split into three groups for the event, and the first six days of the tournament will feature round-robin play inside the three groups.

Group A features the U.S., Canada, Switzerland and Norway. Group B consists of Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Latvia. Group C has Sweden, Finland, Belarus and Germany.

The final day of the preliminary round could make for must-see viewing. At noon, Russia faces the Czech Republic, followed at 4:45 p.m. by Canada playing the U.S., and a clash between Sweden and Finland at 9 p.m. closes the day.

The top 12 teams regardless of group advance to the next round, with the top four teams receiving byes into the quarterfinals. The remaining eight teams will battle in a single-elimination playoff qualification round. Those four teams then advance to the quarterfinals, which will be played starting at noon on Feb. 24.

The semifinals will be played Feb. 26, at noon and 6:30 p.m. The bronze-medal game will be played at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27, and the gold-medal game will take place at 12:15 p.m. on Feb. 28.

All games will be played at Canada Hockey Place (also known as GM Place), home of the Vancouver Canucks, and Thunderbird Arena at the University of British Columbia.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com.

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NOTE: This is the proposed schedule for the Men's Ice Hockey Tournament at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. It is subject to change.

VENUES: Canada Hockey Place (CHP), UBC Thunderbird Arena (UBC)

PRELIMINARY ROUND
Day Date Group Time Venue Game Home Away
1 Tue 16.02 A 12.00 CHP 1 USA SUI
    A 16.30 CHP 2 CAN NOR
    B 21.00 CHP 3 RUS LAT
2 Wed 17.02 C 12.00 CHP 4 FIN BLR
    C 16.30 CHP 5 SWE GER
    B 21.00 CHP 6 CZE SVK
3 Thu 18.02 A 12.00 CHP 7 USA NOR
    A 16.30 CHP 8 SUI CAN
    B 21.00 CHP 9 SVK RUS
4 Fri 19.02 C 12.00 CHP 10 BLR SWE
    B 16.30 CHP 11 CZE LAT
    C 21.00 CHP 12 FIN GER
5 Sat 20.02 A 12.00 CHP 13 NOR SUI
    B 16.30 CHP 14 LAT SVK
    C 21.00 CHP 15 GER BLR
6 Sun 21.02 B 12.00 CHP 16 RUS CZE
    A 16.45 CHP 17 CAN USA
    C 21.00 CHP 18 SWE FIN
 
7 Mon 22.02 DAY OFF
 
QUALIFICATION PLAYOFF
8 Tue 23.02   12.00 CHP 19 QP1
      16.30 CHP 20 QP2
      19.00 UBC 21 QP3
      21.00 CHP 22 QP4
NOTES:
QP1 - if playing in Qualification playoffs, USA to play in the 12.00 game
QP2 - if playing in Qualification playoffs, CAN to play in the 16.30 game
 
QUARTER-FINAL ROUND
9 Wed 24.02   12.00 CHP 23 QF1
      16.30 CHP 24 QF2
      19.00 UBC 25 QF3
      21.00 CHP 26 QF4
NOTES:
QF1 or QF4 - if qualified, USA to play in either the 12.00 or 21.00 game
QF2 - if qualified, CAN to play in the 16.30 game
 
10 Thu 25.02 DAY OFF
 
SEMI-FINAL ROUND
11 Fri 26.02   12.00 CHP 27 SF1
      18.30 CHP 28 SF2
NOTES:
SF1 - if qualified, USA to play in the 12.00 game
SF2 - if qualified, CAN to play in the 18.30 game
 
BRONZE MEDAL GAME
12 Sat 27.02   19.00 CHP 29 BRONZE
 
GOLD MEDAL GAME
13 Sun 28.02   12:15 CHP 30 GOLD