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Dunedin to host two ice hockey worlds

Dunedin Ice Stadium Ice Blacks ice hockey
Dunedin Ice Stadium will host two IIHF world championships in 2025. PHOTO: NZIHF/JAMES ALLAN PHOTOGRAPHY

New Zealand's men's and women's national ice hockey teams will have home-ice advantage for world championships next year.


The Dunedin Ice Stadium will host the Ice Blacks, Ice Fernz and two International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) tournaments in April and May, 2025, the first time New Zealand has hosted a world championship since 2017.


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The IIHF Women's Division II Group B tournament will be held from April 14-20, while the IIHF Men's Division II Group B tournament will take place from April 26-May 3.


New Zealand was announced as the host country for both championships on Friday, with Dunedin confirmed as host city on Monday.


Dunedin will welcome Iceland, Georgia, Bulgaria, Chinese Taipei and Thailand for the men's tournament, and Belgium, Australia, Hong Kong, Turkey and Ukraine on the women's side.


The Ice Blacks claimed silver medals at the same tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria in April, winning three of five games. The Ice Fernz finished fourth in Istanbul, Turkiye, winning two of five games.


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Dates and venues for IIHF world championships in 2025. PHOTO: NZIHF

New Zealand's age-group teams will head to Turkiye, Mexico and Latvia for their world championships next year.


New Zealand will contest the Under-20 Men's Division III Group A championship in Istanbul, Turkiye in January, the Under-18 Men's Division III Group A tournament in Metepec, Mexico in March and Under-18 Women's Division II Group A event in Riga, Latvia in January.


The Kiwi under-18 women won the Division II Group B tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria in January, the under-20s finished second in Sofia, Bulgaria in January, and the under-18 men were fourth in Istanbul, Turkiye in March.

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