Olympic hockey schedule released for Beijing 2022

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Canada’s men open against Germany and the women’s first opponent is Switzerland in Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics.

The International Ice Hockey Federation announced schedules Thursday at its semi-annual congress in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The women’s tournament starts Feb. 3 — one day before the opening ceremony — and runs to Feb. 17, while the men’s tournament is 9-20.

The Canadian women, coming off a world championship win in Calgary in August, are in a pool with defending Olympic champion United States, Russia (referred to as ROC at the Games) and Switzerland.

Women’s games will be played at the 14,614-seat Wukesong Sports Centre.

Canada lost the Olympic gold-medal game to the U.S. in a shootout in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018.

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The Canadian women follow their opener against the Swiss at the Beijing Games with games on Feb. 4 against Finland, Feb. 6 against ROC, and Feb. 7 against the U.S.

Canada’s men grouped with U.S.

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Canada, the U.S., Germany and China comprise Group A in the 12-team men’s tournament. Canada and Germany square off Feb. 10.

They play again the next day, against the U.S., and face China on Feb. 13.

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Canada claimed Olympic gold in 2014 the last time NHL players were involved.

Russia (called the Olympic Athletes from Russia) defeated Germany for gold in Pyeongchang. Canada took bronze.

Most men’s tournament games will be held at the 18,826-seat National Indoor Stadium.

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