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The 16 teams are divided into two groups for the Preliminary Round.
The top-four ranked teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals that will be played cross-over. The first-place team in each preliminary-round group plays the fourth-place team of the other group, while the second-place team plays the third-place team of the other group. 1A-4B, 2A-3B, 1B-4A, 2B-3A. The winning teams advance to the semi-finals.
Semi-final pairings: Winner 1A-4B vs Winner 2B-3A, Winner 1B-4A vs Winner 2A-3B. Both semi-final games will be played at Minsk Arena.
The winning teams of the semi-final games advance to the gold medal game while the semi-final losing teams play for bronze.
The overall bottom ranked two teams will be relegated to the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A.
The teams promoted to the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will be the top-two teams of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A.
Three Point System
For all games points shall be awarded as follows:
- 3 points for the winning team at the conclusion of regulation time
- 1 point for both teams at the conclusion of regulation time if the game is tied
- An additional point earned for the team winning the game in a 5-minute overtime period, or the Game Winning Shots Procedure if the teams are still tied following conclusion of the overtime period
- 0 points for the team losing the game in regulation time
If a game is tied at the end of regulation time, a five-minute overtime period shall be played immediately after an intermission of three minutes. The teams will defend the same goals as in the third period. The game will end when the five minutes has expired or when a goal is scored; the scoring team will be declared the winner. If no goal is scored in the overtime period then the Game Winning Shots Procedure will apply. All overtime periods of any IIHF game shall be played with each team at the numerical strength of four (4) skaters and one (1) goalkeeper.
Overtime procedure in Play-Off Games:
- In case of a tie at the conclusion of regulation time in a Quarter Final, Semi Final and Bronze Medal Game, there will be a 10-minute sudden-death overtime period played, following a three-minute intermission.
- The teams will defend the same goals as in the third period.
- The team, which scores a goal during this period is the winner.
- In the Gold Medal game there will be a 20-minute sudden-death overtime period, following a 15-minute intermission during which the ice will be resurfaced.
- The teams will change ends.
- The team which scores a goal during this period is declared winner.
- If no goal is scored during the sudden-death overtime, there will be Game Winning Shot (GWS) competition ("shootout") according to the Game Winning Shots Procedure.
Game Winning Shots Procedure
If no goal is scored in the overtime period then the Game Winning Shots (GWS) procedure will apply. The following procedure will be utilized:
- Three different shooters from each team will take alternate shots, until a decisive goal is scored.
- If the game is still tied after three shots by each team, the GWS will continue with a tie-break shoot out by one player of each team, with a reversed shooting order. The same or new players can take the tie-break shots.
- The same player can also be used for each shot by a team in the tie-break shoot-out.
- Only the decisive goal will count in the result of the game.
- Shots will be taken at both ends of the ice. The area of the ice to be used will be dry scraped.
- A coin toss will determine which team takes the first shot, with the winner of the toss having the choice whether his team will shoot first or second.
- Any player whose penalty was not over when overtime ended cannot take the shots and must stay in the penalty box or in the dressing room.
- Once named, players may only be replaced in the event of injury or penalty.
- The substitute stand-by player is placed last in the shooting order.
- The goalkeepers will defend the same goal, as determined by the Referee. The goalkeepers from each team may be changed after each shot.
- The players of both teams will take the shots alternately until a decisive goal is scored.
- The decisive goal will be credited to the player who scored and to the goalkeeper concerned.
Tie breaking formula
The tie-breaking system for two teams with the same number of points in a standing will be the game between the two teams, the winner of the game taking precedence.
Due to the fact that the three-point system does not allow a game to end in a tie, then the following tie breaking procedure is applicable when three or more teams are tied in points in a Championship standing.
Should three or more teams be tied on points, then a tie breaking formula will be applied as follows, creating a sub-group amongst the tied teams. This process will continue until only two or none of the teams remain tied. In the case of two tied teams remaining, the game between the two would then be the determining tie-breaker as the game could not end as a tie. In the case of none of the teams being tied, the criteria specified in the respective step applies.
Step 1: Taking into consideration the games between each of the tied teams, a sub-group is created applying the points awarded in the direct games amongst the tied teams from which the teams are then ranked accordingly.
Step 2: Should three or more teams still remain tied in points then the better goal difference in the direct games amongst the tied teams will be decisive.
Step 3: Should three or more teams still remain tied in points and goal difference then the highest number of goals scored by these teams in their direct games will be decisive
Step 4: Should three or more teams still remain tied in points, goal difference and goals scored then the results between each of the three teams and the closest best-ranked team outside the sub-group will be applied. In this case the tied team with the best result (1. points, 2. goal difference, 3. more goals scored) against the closest best ranked-team will take precedence
Step 5: Should the teams still remain tied, then the results between each of the three teams and the next highest best-ranked team outside the sub-group will be applied.
Step 6: Should the teams still remain tied after these five steps have been exercised then Sport considerations will be applied and the teams will be ranked by their positions coming into the Championship (seeding).
Note: If not all mutual games have been played yet in an ongoing tournament, the tied teams will be ranked in the standings according to the following criteria: 1. Lower number of games played, 2. Goal difference, 3. Goals scored, 4. Positions coming into the Championship.
Final Ranking / World Ranking
The gold medal game and bronze medal game will determine the final ranking for the top-4 teams. The eliminated teams from the preliminary round plus the losing teams of the quarter-finals will be ranked following their positions in the groups preceding the quarter-final round.
The final ranking will follow the following procedure:
1. Higher position in the group,
2. Higher number of points,
3. Better goal difference,
4. Higher number of goals scored for,
5. Better seeding number
The IIHF World Ranking will be produced after the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. It is based on the rankings of the four most recent IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships and of the last Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament (including qualification tournaments).
Click here for more information on the IIHF World Ranking system.
Click here to download the IIHF’s Rule Book and Sport Regulations.
- The teams submit the names of the participating players at the first Championship Directorate.
- The maximum number of players allowed on a Team Registration Form at the beginning of the World Championship is 22 skaters and 3 goalies. The minimum is 15 skaters and 2 goalies.
- At the first Directorate meeting, the teams must name at least the minimum number of 15 skaters and 2 goalkeepers. The players entered must be present at the championship venue by the time of the Directorate meeting.
- The remaining players up to the allowed maximum of 22 + 3 must be submitted for players' control two hours before any of the following championship games. Players can be added throughout the tournament until the roster is full.
- During a game, a team may enter (dress) 20 skaters and 2 goalkeepers on the Official Game Sheet, with the emergency goalkeeper standing by if a goalie entered to the Official Game Sheet is unable to play.
To play in the IIHF World Championship, the Olympic ice hockey tournament and the qualifications to these competitions, players must fulfill the following qualification requirements:
- Each player must be under the jurisdiction of an IIHF member national association
- Each player must be a citizen of the country he represents.
Acquiring a new national eligibility (The ‘two-year’ case)
When a player has changed his citizenship or has acquired another citizenship and wants to participate for the first time in an IIHF competition representing his new country he must:
- Prove that he has participated for at least two consecutive years in the national competitions of his new country during which period he has neither transferred to another country nor played ice hockey within any other country.
- Have an international transfer card (ITC) that shows the transfer to the national competition of his new country and which was approved and dated at least two years before the start of the IIHF competition in which he wishes to participate.
Change of national eligibility (The ‘four-year’ case)
A player, who has previously participated in IIHF competition, can switch national eligibility (but only once in a player's life) if:
- He is a citizen of the new country of his choice.
- He has participated for at least four consecutive years in the national competitions of his new country, during which period he has neither transferred to another country nor played ice hockey within any other country and has not played for his previous country in an IIHF competition during this four year period.
- He has an international transfer card (ITC) that shows the transfer to the national competition of his new country and which was approved and dated at least four years before the start of the IIHF competition in which he wishes to participate.
An introduction in facts and figures about Belarus.
Official Name: Republic of Belarus
Total land area: 207,600 sq km
Population: 9.458 million
Population living in cities: 75.8%.
Capital: Minsk, 1.89 million inhabitants
Other regional centres of Belarus:
Brest: 321,000 inhabitants
Vitebsk: 367,000 inhabitants
Gomel: 507,000 inhabitants
Grodno: 346,000 inhabitants
Mogilyov: 363,000 inhabitants.
Languages spoken: Belarusian and Russian
National holiday: Independence Day, 3 July
Currency: Belarusian rouble (Br)
The Republic of Belarus is situated in the north-east of Europe. Within its territory it connects the CIS countries with the countries of Western Europe. Belarus shares common borders with Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and Ukraine.
Read more about Belarus: http://www.belarus.by/en
Minsk is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Belarus. It is home to about 20 per cent of the population of the country, a city in which all government bodies are concentrated. Since 1993 the city has been the official seat of the intergovernmental bodies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Minsk is older than many European cities. It was first mentioned in 1067. The history of Minsk is rich and tragic.
Few monuments of the remote past have remained in Minsk. During its long history, the city has repeatedly, almost to the ground, been destroyed by wars and fires. In tribute to the ancestors, an active work on the restoration of historic buildings was launched. The Lower Town and the Upper Town with their wonderful temples and secular buildings, the Trinity and Rakovsky suburbs with civil buildings of the 18th and 19th centuries are the golden fund of the architectural heritage of the Belarusian capital. Among the already restored objects there is the Minsk City Hall - a symbol of municipal government rights received in 1499 by the Magdeburg Law.
Before World War II, Minsk had a population of 300,000 people. During the World War II Minsk was a major centre of the Soviet partisan resistance movement against the invasion. For this role, Minsk was awarded the title Hero City in 1974.
Minsk was recaptured by Soviet troops on 3 July 1944, during Operation Bagration. In 1944, Minsk's population was reduced to a mere 50,000. After World War II, Minsk was rebuilt.
Today the population of Minsk is about 1.9 million people. It occupies an area of 307.90 sq km.
The development of Minsk was of universal nature, which provided the city versatility. After the World War II, the international relations of Minsk were determined not only by its geographical location, but also by the formation of a new industrial and cultural potential, new geopolitical realities on the European continent and in the world as whole.
Today Minsk is a modern, dynamic city, and the largest transport and logistics centre as well as the cultural and scientific centre of the country. One fifth of the employed in the industrial sector of the country are working for Minsk-based companies producing a quarter of the total industrial output of Belarus. The gross regional product of Minsk is traditionally high. The city boasts of its educated, skilled and hard-working people.
Natural and cultural public centres – parks and gardens – are favourite places of recreation for the Minsk residents. The Botanical Gardens of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus are well-known far beyond the borders. It was created in 1932 and covers an area of 80 hectares. They have one of the richest collections of plants in Europe. The Botanical gardens are not only a major research centre, but also a favourite place of relaxation of Minsk residents and guests of the Belarusian capital. One of the most interesting objects of the capital is Boulders Park in the residential area of Uruchye. It occupies an area of 6.5 hectares and has a collection of 2134 boulder-stones brought from all over Belarus. Two-thirds of the park is occupied by the central exhibit "Map of Belarus", which is an outline that repeats the shape of the country on the map.
Minsk is a city of modest and concise beauty. It is a city of natural charm and warm-heartedness of its citizens – wise, peaceful and tolerant people. Minsk is a city of people who have their ambitions and prospects, who look to the future.
The coat of arms of Minsk: St. Virgin's Ascension shows St. Virgin in red and violet clothes on a silver cloud. She is ascended into the sky by two white flying angels with two cherubs above them. This emblem was granted to the city in 1591.
Read more about Minsk: http://minsk.gov.by/en/
Minsk City Executive Committee of Sport: http://minsksport.by/en
An extensive cultural program will be offered to fans and tourist during the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. In addition to the traditional concert programs, cinema, discos, evening and night-time entertainment in cafes, bars, restaurants and casinos, the doors of the most popular Minsk theatres, cinemas, circuses and museums of the city will be opened to the guests of the capital of Belarus. And working hours of museums, institutions and specialized exhibitions will be increased considerably.
National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre
The National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus was founded in 1933 and reconstructed in 2009. In recent years artists of the theatre have toured over 30 countries. Probably, soon one will hardly find a country on a map not marked with a performance of the Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus: from Portugal and Spain to Japan and China, from Norway and Great Britain to Turkey, Thailand – the theatre has found its devoted admirers all over the world. Opera “Nabucco” by J. Verdi, “Tosca” by G. Puccini, “Snow Maiden” of Rimsky-Korsakov, “Chopiniana” to music by F. Chopin, “Tristan and Isolde” to music of Wagner, "Sylphide" by Levenshold became notable theatre first nights.
Address: 220029, Minsk, Parizhskaya Kommuna Sq, 1.
Buses - № 24, 38, 57, 91 till the bus stop "Opera theatre".
Trolley-buses - № 12, 29, 37, 40, 46, 53 till the bus stop "Operatheatre".
Underground - station “Nemiga”.
Belarusian State Circus
Famous Belarusian State Circus is extremely popular among tourists and his history dates back to 1884. The first in the USSR permanent stone circus with 1666 sitting places, which was built after the Revolution of 1917. It’s the only circus in the world situated in the centre of the capital of the state in the main street and the only circus in the world adapted for all circus-genre performances and keeping all types of animals including sea animals.
Address: 220030, Minsk, Nezavisimosti Ave., 32, +375 (17) 327-78-42.
Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War
This museum is devoted to the history of the World War II. It was opened on 7 November 1944, when there still were battles.
The exposition of the Museum is located in 30 rooms and represented by 80,000 unique exhibits: an extensive collection of documents and photographs, weapons, used by armed forces of the regular army and partisan units, including home-made guns, etc.
The diorama of a concentration camp Maly Trostenets, the third largest in Europe, is presented there.
Belarusian National History and Culture Museum
Minsk, Karl Marx Str., 12, tel. 227-43-22.
The Museum presents archeological, ethnographic, numismatic, military-historical collections, as well as collections of ancient books and manuscripts, icons, religious clothes, works of folk art. You will see the objects of primitive art and works of high art of medieval culture – the world-famous Slutsk belts, altar gate, items made of porcelain.
Estate museum Dudutki
The only museum of material culture in Belarus. It is located in 40 km from Minsk, on the picturesque bank of the river Ptich.
Here you can spend time in a new and exciting way, experience the atmosphere of the Belarusian province of the 19th century, get acquainted with a way of rural life, grasp the meaning of folk customs and the secrets of ancient crafts.
National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus
Minsk, Lenin Str., 20.
Permanent exhibition: the Ancient Belarusian art, including icons, wooden sculpture, works of applied art; the Belarusian art of the 16th to 20th centuries; Russian painting of the 18th - 20th centuries.
Thematic exhibitions and chamber music concerts are held (2 times a month). Open: from 11.00 till 18.00. Closed on Tuesday.
Museum of Ethnography and Folklore of the Academy of Sciences
The Museum is located in the centre of Minsk. It hosts a permanent exhibition of works of ancient Belarusian art – icons, ancient wooden sculpture, traditional weaving, including Slutsk belts, the richest in Belarus collection of Belarusian folk costumes from different regions of the country, articles of straw, ceramics, wood carving and other exhibits.
Open: from 11.00 till 18.00.Closed on Wednesday.
Botanical Garden of the Academy of Sciences
We recommend visiting the Botanical garden, located in the centre of Minsk, founded in 1932. Virtually all the flora characteristic for Belarus is represented there.
Open: May - October; from 10.00 till 19.00.
Museum Of Modern Fine Art
Minsk, Nezvisimosti Ave., 47. Open: from 11.00 till 19.00.
There is no permanent exposition. It is used for exhibitions of Belarusian and foreign artists.
Belarusian State Museum of Folk Architecture
Minsk, Ozertso Village. Open daily, except Mondays, from 10.00 till 17.00.
There is a constant exposition, at which native Belarusian household items as well as the peculiarities of folk architecture are presented. Folk festivals and celebrations are regularly held there. It is located 4 km away from Minsk. Official website: etna.of.by
State Museum of History of Music and Theatre of Belarus
Minsk, Starovilenskaya Str. Open daily, except Saturdays and Sundays, from 9.00 till 18.00.
There is no permanent exposition. Periodically updated exhibitions, related to music and theater are held there.
A. Bembel Museum of Contemporary Sculptures
Minsk, Yakub Kolas Str., 29. Open daily from 10.00 till 19.00.
In addition to the permanent exhibition there is an exhibition of young Belarusian sculptors, who have already won the recognition of the public.
Museum of Nature and Ecology of Belarus
Minsk, Karl Marx Str., 12. Open daily, except Wednesday, from 11.00 till 19.00.
There is a permanent exposition that reflects animal life of Belarus.
State Museum of History of the Belarusian Literature
Minsk, M.Bogdanovich Str., 15.
Open daily except Monday, from 10.00 till 17.00
There are several exhibitions at the same time, designed to acquaint visitors with the peculiarities of the Belarusian literature and its history.
Museum of Physical Culture and Sport
Minsk, Nezavisimosti Str., 51. Open daily, except Saturday and Sunday, from 9.00 till 17.00
There’s a permanent exposition, reflecting the history and achievements of Belarusian sport.
Minsk has numerous shopping malls in every district where you can buy both food and consumer goods including souvenirs with World Championship symbols.
The largest shopping malls are located, mainly, in the centre of the city: Nezavisimosti Avenue, Nemiga Street, the area of the underground station “Yakub Kolas Square”, Pobeditelei Avenue.
Several large shopping malls are located in the immediate proximity to the places of the competition were built on the eve of the World Championship.
Shopping malls with well-known brands include Korona, Arena City, ALL, ProStorе, BIGZZ, Expobel and others. Their parking lots are designed for a large number of cars, so it is very comfortable to go for shopping.
Also a lot of products with symbols of the championship can be bought in the most famous Minsk department stores: GUM, TSUM, Belarus and the Trading House Nemiga.
The popular underground shopping complex Stolitsa is located in the centre of the city where you can not only do shopping but also relax at the cafe. It is favorably distinguished by a multi-storey underground parking.
Arena City, Pobediteley, 84
Nemiga, Nemiga Str., 3
TSUM, Nezavisimosti Ave., 54
Stolitsa, Nezavisimosti Square
Trading House Nemiga, Nemiga Str., 8,10
Maximus, Kalvariyskaya Str., 24
Belarus, Zhilunovicha Str., 4
BIGZZ, Borovaya 5
GUM, Nezavisimosti Ave., 21
Expobel, Borovaya 5
ProStore, Dzerzhinsky Ave., 126
Riga, Surganova Str., 50
ALL, Dolginovsky Tract, 178
Belarus is located on the border with the European Union and connects Western Europe with Russia. So you can easily get to Minsk by train, plane, bus or car.
PLANE. The national airport of Minsk is located 40 kilometres from the city. Flights to many cities worldwide are operated by the national airline Belavia and air carriers from other countries. www.belavia.by
Shuttles from the airport to Minsk run every hour. If you decide to take a taxi, the fare to the city center will cost 25-30 euros.
TRAIN. All trains arrive and depart from the main railway station, located in the city centre. You can find the schedule, make reservations and purchase tickets online by visiting the official website of the Belarusian Railways: www.rw.by (in Russian)
BUS. Full details of the international bus service is available on the website of the public carrier Minsktrans: www.minsktrans.by (in Russian)
Transportation in Minsk
Public transport in the city starts at 5:30 in the morning and ends at 1:00 at night.
A one-way ticket for bus, trolleybus and tram is available at street stalls (at bus stops) and shops. It can be purchased from the driver or the ticket collector as well. Tickets must be validated immediately after boarding the mean of transport.
An underground (Metro) ticket is a token or a plastic card that can be purchased at the box office in the station. A ticket costs approximately $0.25 per ride. There are two underground lines in Minsk.
Taxis can be found near hotels, railway stations, airports and on the streets of the city. Credit cards are not accepted in taxis.
Emergency Phone Numbers
101 – Fire Brigade
102 – Police
103 – Ambulance
Bus terminal information service: 114
Railway terminal information service: 105, 225 54 10
Airport information service: 106,186
Railway reservation: 151
Airline reservation: 206 67 95
Bus reservation: 227 40 83
Call a taxi: 135, 107, 152, 157,161, 181, 184
Emergency Dispatch Services
Minsk Executive Committee on-call service: 227 44 33
Minsk Executive Committee operator: 165
Underground Railway System operator: 200 77 74
Road Police on-call service: 222 08 29, 222 17 17
Police on-call service: 222 73 01, 227 02 21
Emergency service on roads: 135, 116, 107
Rescue Unit of the Emergency Ministry: 275 29 01
Accidents registration bureau: 229 46 46
Minsk City Telephone Network
Emergency Service: 210 22 93
Paid information: 109
Information about medical institutions: 199
Minsk City Info Service (paid information): 190
International Calls Order: 171
Codes (regional and international): 153
Information on payment for telephone conversations for individuals: 164
Receiving of telegrams and commercials: 166
Time call minder: 188
Weather call minder: 195
Pharmacy inquiry office: 169
Medical reference information service (paid): 8 902 101 05 05
Paid medical services: 103, 159, 160
Consumer service information: 167
Cinema information service: 191
Night-time clubs: 192
Night-time shops: 193
The games of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will be held at two venues in Minsk: The Minsk Arena (inaugurated on 30 January 2010, capacity for 15,000 spectators) and the Chizhovka Arena (to be put into operation in November 2013, capacity for 9,600 spectators).
The Minsk Arena is one of the most capacious ice rinks in Europe. Its grand opening was held on 30 January 2010 as part of the Kontinental Hockey League’s All-Star Game.
The Minsk Arena is a unique sports complex. It is second to none in the country by the multifunctionality, complexity of technical solutions, systems and equipment. The building has a roof made by modern technology, which was implemented in Belarus for the first time. Virtually every square centimetre of the roof is filled with sensors, which provides for 24/7 monitoring of cables’ tension. This information comes to Minsk Arena employees and specialists in France.
Part of the lower tier of the stands with metal steps and seats can be moved under concrete steps with one click. Commentator cabins and 42 VIP boxes for 700 seats below are located on the upper tier. Two governmental and a presidential box are located on the grandstand A.
A standard international ice hockey sheet of 60 x 30 metres is in the centre of the arena. The central arena is connected with a speed skating arena by an underground passage.
The building is equipped with 54 cloakrooms so that 15,000 spectators can leave the complex within 40 minutes after an event.
The Chizhovka Arena is a multifunctional sports and entertainment complex, which will be the second venue of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. The arena is located in the south of the city in the district of Chizhovka, on the shore of the same-named reservoir and on the territory of “The Park of the 900th Anniversary of Minsk”. The completion of construction works is scheduled for November 2013. The complex envisages a large sports and entertainment arena for 9,600 spectators, a small practice rink, halls for various sports and a place for recreation and leisure.
The main purpose of a large arena is the holding of ice hockey games. A small arena is designed for training of professional athletes and students of youth sports schools, as well as for mass skating.
Each arena will have its own cooling station and the cooling system of ice fields. A media centre, a meeting room and an area for leisure and entertainment with a bowling room, a billiard room, saunas, cafes and restaurants will be located between the arenas.
The first stage of ticket sales for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, started on 30 September 2013.
|Minsk Arena||Chizhovka Arena|
|Seating capacity: 15,000||Seating capacity: 9,600|
|- 28 Preliminary Round games||- 28 Preliminary Round games|
|- 2 Quarter-Final games||- 2 Quarter-Final games|
|- 2 Semi-Final games|
|- Bronze Medal Game|
|- Gold Medal Game|
Game Categories and ticket prices
Prices for single-game tickets will depend on the participating teams and the starting time of the game.
The ticket price for preliminary-round games will range from 6 to 50 Euro; the price for a ticket in the final round starts from 25 Euro.
Click here for an Excel file with all prices (in Euro).
Types of tickets
1. Event Package
First on sale will be ticket packages that include all games played at one of the championships venues. It is a great offer for dedicated hockey fans.
2. Preliminary Round / Final Round Package
As of 14 October packages for all preliminary-round games at one venue as well as one for the final round at Minsk Arena will be on sale.
3. Team Package
As of 28 October packages will be on sale for all seven preliminary-round games of a national team.
4. Day Tickets
Ticket for one game day at a venue that include two or three games will go on sale on 11 November.
5. Single-Game Tickets
Tickets for single games including quarter-finals, semi-finals and the medal games will go on sale on 25 November.
Note: The ticket sales operator has the right to charge a service fee of up to 10%.
Tickets can be paid as follows:
- iPay – use the balance of your MTS or Life:) account
- Credit card (Visa, MasterCard)
- System “Raschet” (ERIP, unified pay and informational field) – pay at your convenience in any payment office
- Digital cash (WebMoney, EasyPay)
- Cash acceptance network through Self-service teller ОСМР (QIWI)
Payment for tickets within the territory of the Republic of Belarus will be carried out in Belarusian rubles.
Information for foreign citizens
The procedure and conditions of ticket sales are already established on the territory of the Republic of Belarus as well as their usage by foreign citizens and persons without citizenship for the entry to Belarus, exit from Belarus and temporary stay on the territory of the country from April 25 till May 31, 2014.
A ticket grants the right to attend a specified (in ticket) game of the championship.
Presenting only one ticket, copy of electronic ticket or certificate together with a passport, foreign citizens and persons without citizenship can cross the border of the Republic of Belarus once.
Ticket owners should present the tickets on the border both while entering and leaving from the territory of the Republic of Belarus.
Types of tour packages
“CentreKurort” acts as an official tour operator of 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship and has an exclusive right to sell tour packages.
Such packages as the VIP Package, Fan Package, Family Package, and Group Tours include not only tickets for games but also accommodation, fans’ travel passes, transfers, city tours and other services.
1. VIP package:
- basic services: accommodation (best 4-5 star hotels in Minsk), game ticket or ticket package (central seats at tribunes A and B), access to the VIP Hospitality zone (restaurant) at the venues, transfer from hotels to the venues;
- additional services: sightseeing, individual transfers, etc.
2. Family package: for married couples with children (discount on child’s accommodation and tickets is up to 50 %); accommodation is optional:
- basic services: accommodation (package with accommodation), game tickets or ticket package, entertainment program for children for one hour before a game;
- additional services: sightseeing, individual transfers, etc.
3. Fan package:
- basic services: accommodation at the fan village and hotels in Minsk, game ticket or ticket package;
- additional services: sightseeing, individual transfers, etc.
4. Student’s package: students’ loyalty program (discount on accommodation and tickets is up to 50 %), without accommodation (one-day program) or with accommodation (two-day program):
- basic services: accommodation at the fan village or hostels in Minsk (package with accommodation), ticket or ticket package for morning and/or afternoon games, access to the fan village hospitality zone (disco, concert venue).
- additional services: sightseeing, meals, etc.
5. Hockey for children (school groups): loyalty program (discount on accommodation and tickets is up to 50 %), without accommodation (one-day program) or with accommodation (two-day program):
- basic services: accommodation at the fan village or hostels in Minsk (package with accommodation), ticket or ticket package for morning and/or afternoon games, meals, sightseeing, entertainment program for children during one hour before a game.
6. Corporate package: loyalty program for groups of employees of Belarusian enterprises and organizations (discount on accommodation and tickets is up to 25 %), without accommodation (one-day program) or with accommodation (two-day program):
- basic services: accommodation at the fan village or hostels in Minsk (package with accommodation), ticket or ticket package for morning and/or afternoon games, sightseeing.
- additional services: meals, etc.
Detailed information about tour packages can be found on the tour operator website http://icehockey-2014.com/en/.
You can make a pre-order by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax (+375-17) 222-62-58.
Skyboxes will be sold on preliminary requests. The sales start in September 2013.
All orders should be submitted to the Organizing Committee of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Click here for the contacts.
Fans travelling to Minsk can contact the company CentrKurort for accommodation requests during the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
CentrKurort is the biggest tour operator in Belarus. It is a part of the Presidential Property Management Department.
Today CentrKurort is not only the largest state tourist organization in the country, but also a famous brand in Belarusian tourism.
In January 2012 a tender for the official tour operator of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk was issued which was won by CentrKurort.
CentrKurort is actively preparing for this event, creating the necessary base, forming professional staff to provide the participants and guests of the World Championship with real European hospitality and Belarusian comfort.
14 hotels will provide accommodation for official participants of the World Championship.
Tourists will be accommodated in city hotels, hotels based at sports and recreation facilities of district in Minsk and Logoisk, and university hostels.
The reconstruction of a number of hotel complexes is planned within the framework of the preparation for the event.
«Europe» * * * * *
Minsk, 28 Internatsionalnaya Str.
+375 17 229 83 33
«President Hotel» * * * * *
Minsk, 18 Kirova Str.
tel.: +375 17 229 7 000/003/111
fax.: +375 17 229 7 006
«Crowne Plaza Minsk» * * * * *
Minsk, 13 Kirova Str.
+375 17 218 34 00
«Victoria» * * * *
Minsk, 59 Pobeditelei Ave.
+375 17 239 77 44
«Minsk» * * * *
Minsk, 11 Nezavisimosti Ave.
+375 17 209 90 80
«The Robinson Club» * * * *
Route Minsk-Molodechno, turn on Adolescence, 7 km from Minsk
+ 375 (44) 502-13-33
+ 375 (17) 502-13-33
«Garni» * * *
Minsk, 11 Internatsionalnaya Str.
+375 17 229 76 00
«Belarus» * * *
Minsk, 15 Storozhevskaya Str.
Minsk, Dzerzhinskogo pr., Metro Station Petrovshina
Visa & Customs
A visa-free regime will be in place for the official participants of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship and foreign tourists for the period from 25 April until 31 May 2014.
For the official participants a listing in the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship accreditation system will become the basis for a visa-free entry in the territory of Belarus.
An original or electronic ticket to a game of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will become the basis for a visa-free entry in the territory of Belarus for tourists.
Presenting a ticket, copy of electronic ticket or certificate together with a passport, foreign citizens and persons without citizenship can cross the border of the Republic of Belarus once.
Ticket owners should present the tickets on the border both while entering and leaving from the territory of the Republic of Belarus.
Please be aware that in case of transit traffic through the territory of the Russian Federation to the games of the World Championship in Belarus, foreign tourists need to have a valid visa for the Russian Federation.
The main document regulating the movement of goods for personal use is the agreement on the movement of goods for personal use by individuals across the customs border of the Customs Union and customs operations connected with their release (herein – the Agreement). The document is aimed at implementing the provisions of Chapter 49 of the Customs Code of the Customs Union.
The Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation have adopted the most preferential terms in respect of duty-free import limits.
Thus, the limit for duty-free import of personal effects, both in accompanied and unaccompanied luggage, is €1500, with the total weight of 50kg. One should not be confused, however, that the amount of 50kg of homogeneous goods is allowed for the import. The intended purpose of goods is still determined by the customs authorities taking into account the statement of an individual, the nature and quality of goods as well as the frequency of crossing the customs border of the Customs Union by an individual and/or the goods.
In line with the Agreement, duty-free concessions cover alcoholic beverages and beer of not more than 3 litres inclusive, and 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars (cigarillos) or 250 g tobacco, or the abovementioned goods in assortment with the total weight under 250 g Alcoholic beverages, beer, tobacco and tobacco products can be imported by individuals over 18 years old. If the import of alcoholic beverages and beer exceeds 3 litres, customs duties are charged at a flat rate of €10 per 1 litre in excess of duty-free concession; the import of more than 5 litres is prohibited. The same rules are applied to tobacco and tobacco products imported in excess of duty-free allowances.
As compared with the Provision on concessional transportation of goods for personal use across the customs border and their simplified clearance approved by Belarus President’s Decree No 503 of 15 October 2010 (herein – Provision), which norms are currently applied in the part that does not contradict the Customs Union legislation, the Agreement eliminates quantity restrictions on the import of jewelry and food products. The abovementioned categories of goods are allowed for the import under general limits (50kg and €1500).
The official participants of the championship (foreign physical persons) may import goods meant for the competition without any customs payment.
All the goods except for excisable goods imported to the territory of the Republic of Belarus for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship shall be exempted from import customs duties in accordance with international obligations of the Republic of Belarus and value-added tax.
The confirmation of designated use of goods from the organizing committee, which contains the information about the range, quantity, price of goods and importing organizations, is the basis for exemption of customs payments.
In accordance with the decision of the Commission of the Customs Union sports gear and equipment and other goods intended exclusively for the use during the preparation and holding of official international sport events are placed under special customs procedure without payment of customs duties, taxes and without application non-tariff regulation measures.
Detailed information are available on the website of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus.
Starting from 1st August 2013 the new electronic toll collection system BelToll has been put into operations on the roads in Belarus.
The toll is charged on the following roads:
- М-1/Е 30 – Brest – Minsk – Russian border
- M-2 Minsk – National Airport Minsk
- M-3 Minsk – Vitebsk
- M-4 Minsk – Mogilyov
- M-5/E 271 Minsk – Gomel
- M-6/E 28 Minsk – Grodno – the Polish border
The use of the BelToll system is mandatory for the drivers of:
- vehicles with maximum laden weight of less than 3.5 tons if registered outside of the Customs Union;
- vehicles with maximum laden weight of over 3.5 tons despite the country of registration.
Drivers of vehicles with maximum laden weight less than 3.5 tons registered in a member country of the Customs Union will be not liable to pay the toll fee.
Tariffs for the passage along the Belarusian toll roads are set depending on maximum laden weight of a vehicle:
- vehicles with a maximum laden weight of less than 3.5 tons - €0.04 per km;
- 2-axle vehicles with a maximum laden weight of over 3.5 tons - €0.08 per km;
- 3-axle vehicles with a maximum laden weight of over 3.5 tons - €0.10 per km;
- 4-axle (and more) vehicles with a maximum laden weight of over 3.5 tons - €0.12 per km.
For using the toll roads network in Belarus, you should address the BelToll Customer Service Point and get a special device – On-Board Unit – upon payment a deposit. For your convenience, Customer Service Points are located near the cross border points and along the toll roads.
Upon receipt of an On-board Unit you should make an advance payment for the use of toll roads which should be not less than 25 EUR. The payment could be made only in Belarusian rubles (by cash, by bank card or fleet card).
When leaving the territory of Belarus, you can return your on-board unit at any Customer Service Point. The deposit will be refunded if the on-board unit is operating and not damaged.
If the windscreen of your car is metallized or has a solar reflection, you should consult your car manufacturer in advance regarding the recommended mounting location for the on-board unit on the windscreen.
Call Centre + 375 172 798 798
The mascot VOLAT was selected in a contest in Belarus.
VOLAT is a bison – one of the symbols of Belarus. The animal reflects peculiarities of the national culture and corresponds to the ice hockey game. It demonstrates strength and power and has a clear message to millions of fans and spectators all over the world. It also arouses bright and positive associations.
289 mascot names were proposed by Belarusian citizens at the first stage of the contest. The jury selected ten names that entered the online poll.
The name VOLAT received most votes in the poll. 859 out of 3,578 fans participating in the poll chose this name. The poll was run between 10 and 20 April 2013 on the websites www.talisman2014.by and www.hockey.by.
The jury members noted that VOLAT is a beautiful name that sounds similar in all languages and will be easy for tourists to spell and pronounce.
VOLAT comes from Old Slavonic and has important meanings. It is a character from East Slavonic mythology. According to legends, Volats – tall and strong men – lived in the old days and were buried in long barrows called Volotovki. There are also the names of settlements in north-east and central Belarus like Volaty and Volotovki that are associated with VOLAT in folk traditions.
The results of the poll:
1. Volat 859
2. Belovezhik 619
3. Rasti 514
4. Vezhik 287
5. Zubryk 328
6. Pushik 221
7. Yanka 253
8. Bully 240
9. Zuby 146
10. Shaibik 111
The winners of the contest (who proposed the name VOLAT) are:
Matskevich Maria Sergeyevna (Minsk)
Kravchenko Leonid Vasilyevich (Senno, Vitebsk Region)
They will be awarded with certificates and valuable gifts (tickets for the opening ceremony of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship).
The fan zones are festive territories where you can spend quality time before attending a hockey game.
The fan zones are not just places. First of all, it's the communication of all the fans around the world who share the interest for ice hockey.
There will be two fan zones at the 78th IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk. Both will be located directly near the arenas.
Action in the fan zones is not limited to the broadcast of the games on big screens. It will be developed in the context of other festive, cultural and sport events.
The fan zones will include: a stage, concert venue, shops with souvenirs, the territory of the sponsors and partners of the championship, mini-playgrounds for mini-tournaments and competitions among fans, cafes, restaurants, shopping areas and tents, shops with hockey merchandise and many other things.
The fan zones will be permanent venues and will not be transferred to a different place.
They will be accessible for hockey fans of different ages and will have social activities such as sports mini-tournaments, sessions with prominent Belarusian hockey players, meeting the bison Volat – the mascot of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship –, performances of famous artists, demonstration of paintings on the sporting themes, exchange of gifts and many other things.
The fan zones are a great idea for active leisure and support of your national team for the first World Championship in history that is hosted in Belarus.
We hope that the citizens of Minsk will create a great atmosphere in the fan zone with fans from all around the world.
A lot of interesting things will also be presented for families and kids at the festival of hockey.
And last but not least: The entrance to the fan zones is for free!
Photos: Andre Ringuette, Jeff Vinnick / HHOF-IIHF Images, 2009 IIHF World Championship Organizing Committee
|IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships|
|1924||Canada||USA||Great Britain||Chamonix (Olympics)|
|1928||Canada||Sweden||Switzerland||St. Moritz (Olympics)|
|1930||Canada||Germany||Switzerland||Chamonix, Berlin, Vienna|
|1932||Canada||USA||Germany||Lake Placid (Olympics)|
|1936||Great Britain||Canada||USA||Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Olympics)|
|1940-1946 No championships (World War II)|
|1948||Canada||Czechoslovakia||Switzerland||St. Moritz (Olympics)|
|1953||Sweden||FR Germany||Switzerland||Zurich, Basle|
|1955||Canada||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia||Krefeld, Dortmund, Cologne|
|1956||Soviet Union||USA||Canada||Cortina (Olympics)|
|1959||Canada||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia||Prague, Bratislava|
|1960||USA||Canada||Soviet Union||Squaw Valley (Olympics)|
|1961||Canada||Czechoslovakia||Soviet Union||Geneva, Lausanne|
|1962||Sweden||Canada||USA||Colorado Springs, Denver|
|1964||Soviet Union||Sweden||Czechoslovakia||Innsbruck (Olympics)|
|1968||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia||Canada||Grenoble (Olympics)|
|1971||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia||Sweden||Berne, Geneva|
|1975||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia||Sweden||Munich, Dusseldorf|
|1981||Soviet Union||Sweden||Czechoslovakia||Gothenburg, Stockholm|
|1982||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia||Canada||Helsinki, Tampere|
|1983||Soviet Union||Czechoslovakia||Canada||Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Munich|
|1989||Soviet Union||Canada||Czechoslovakia||Stockholm, Sodertalje|
|1990||Soviet Union||Sweden||Czechoslovakia||Berne, Fribourg|
|1991||Sweden||Canada||Soviet Union||Turku, Helsinki, Tampere|
|1993||Russia||Sweden||Czech Republic||Dortmund, Munich|
|1994||Canada||Finland||Sweden||Bolzano, Canazei, Milan|
|1997||Canada||Sweden||Czech Republic||Helsinki, Turku, Tampere|
|1998||Sweden||Finland||Czech Republic||Zurich, Basle|
|1999||Czech Republic||Finland||Sweden||Oslo, Lillehammer, Hamar|
|2000||Czech Republic||Slovakia||Finland||St. Petersburg|
|2001||Czech Republic||Finland||Sweden||Cologne, Hanover, Nuremberg|
|2002||Slovakia||Russia||Sweden||Gothenburg, Karlstad, Jonkoping|
|2003||Canada||Sweden||Slovakia||Helsinki, Turku, Tampere|
|2005||Czech Republic||Canada||Russia||Vienna, Innsbruck|
|2008||Russia||Canada||Finland||Quebec City, Halifax|
|2010||Czech Republic||Russia||Sweden||Cologne, Mannheim, Gelsenkirchen|
|2011||Finland||Sweden||Czech Republic||Bratislava, Kosice|
|2012||Russia||Slovakia||Czech Republic||Helsinki, Stockholm|
|All Olympic Ice Hockey Tournaments between 1920 and 1968 also counted as World Championships.|
|In the Olympic years 1980, 1984 and 1988, no IIHF World Championships were staged.|
|IIHF Ice Hockey European Championships|
|1910||Great Britain||Germany||Belgium||Les Avants|
|1915-1920 No championships (World War I)|
|1921||Sweden||Czechoslovakia||(only two teams)||Stockholm|
|1925||Czechoslovakia||Austria||Switzerland||Strbske Pleso, Stary Smokovec|
|Berlin 1932 was the last separate IIHF European Championship event.|
|European Championships medals were awarded to the European participants of the IIHF World Championships until 1991.|
Accreditation for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, will be open until 31 January, 2014. Media members who are registered into the accreditation system will not be required to obtain a visa for entry into Belarus.
Click here to access the accreditation system.
Any issues with the system should be reported to email@example.com.
International radio and TV requests as well as websites with audio/video coverage should also send accreditation requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hotel Belarus, located in the downtown area of Minsk, has been designed as a media hotel. The official travel partner of the 2014 World Championship in charge of booking hotels is CentrKurort.
Any media members with questions about accommodation during the World Championship should contact email@example.com.
Note: Any media wishing to cover topics that are not related either to ice hockey or to the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship must apply for an additional foreign journalist accreditation from the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as per Belarusian law. Application forms can be obtained in English by clicking the link below:
The Organizing Committee for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship was established by the resolution of the Executive Committee of the Belarusian Ice Hockey Association on 25 November 2010.
The Organizing Committee acts on the basis of the legislation of the Republic of Belarus and the Charter, and its activity is aimed at organization and holding of 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk.
The Organizing Committee closely cooperates with International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and their commercial partner, the international sports marketing agency Infront Sports & Media.
Address: Pobeditelei Ave., 20/3, 220020 Minsk, Belarus
Phone: +375 17 254-54-82
Fax: +375 17 254 58 42
Staff of the Organizing Committee
Tel. +375 17 254 54 82
Tel. +375 17 331 77 94
Tel. +375 17 396 12 21
Tel. +375 17 395 77 21
Manager responsible for reception, stay and transportation of official participants and guests of the WM
Tel. +375 17 395 77 25
Tel. +375 17 286 71 43
Tel. +375 17 396 12 00
Tel. +375 17 395 77 26
Tel. +375 17 395 77 25
Ceremonies and Protocol Manager
Tel. +375 17 286 71 43
Tel. +375 29 149 46 91
Tel. +375 17 284 36 72
Tel. +375 17 331 70 66
Tel. +375 17 331 70 66
Tel. +375 17 286-71-43
International Ice Hockey Federation
Brandschenkestrasse 50, Postfach, 8027 Zurich, Switzerland
2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Organizing Committee
Pobeditelei Ave. 20/3, 220020 Minsk, Belarus
Tel. +375 17 254 58 19, 254 54 83, 254 73 13
Fax +375 17 254 58 42
Sweden's best moments in 2013
Sweden also became the first host nation to win gold since the former Soviet Union accomplished the feat in Moscow in 1986.
World Championship MVP, Roman Josi
Switzerland's Roman Josi won three honours at 2013 Worlds'. The defenceman was also named MVP and Best Defender plus earned a selection for the All-Star Team.