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Ice hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Men's qualification

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QualificationEdit

Twelve places were allotted for the men's ice hockey tournament. The first eight were awarded to the top eight teams in the International Ice Hockey Federation ranking following the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. Those teams were:

  1. Flag of Canada.svg Canada
  2. Flag of Sweden Sweden
  3. Flag of Slovakia Slovakia
  4. Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
  5. Flag of Finland Finland
  6. Flag of the United States United States of America
  7. Flag of Russia Russia
  8. Flag of Germany Germany

The teams that automatically qualified include the same "Super Six" teams that were automatically qualified for the final group stage in the two previous tournaments, plus Slovakia and Germany which (IIHF rankings notwithstanding) are often regarded as the seventh and eighth best teams. The ninth place was given to the host nation, Italy. The final three places were allotted through qualification tournaments in which Kazakhstan, Latvia, and Switzerland won places.

Qualification tournamentsEdit

The winners of Groups D, E and F advanced to Groups C, B, and A respectively. The winners of Groups A, B, and C qualified for the Olympics.

Group D (Briançon, France, 11–14 November 2004)

Group E (Nowy Targ, Poland, 11–14 November 2004)

Group F (Stavanger, Norway, 11–14 November 2004)

Group A (Kloten, Switzerland, 10–13 February 2005)

Group B (Riga, Latvia, 10–13 February 2005)

Group C (Klagenfurt, Austria, 10–13 February 2005)

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