Beijing 2022: Para ice hockey competition schedule announced

USA and Canada to meet on opening day at the National Indoor Stadium in a repeat of the last Paralympic Winter Games final 14 Jan 2022
A Canadian Para ice hockey player challenging an USA player
USA beat Canada on overtime to take Paralympic gold at the last Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea
ⒸBob Martin for OIS/IOC
By Beijing 2022 and World Para Ice Hockey

The Para ice hockey competition schedule has been set for the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, with 20 games to be played within a nine-day span. All games will be played at the National Indoor Stadium. 

The eight participating teams will be separated into two groups, with Group A featuring the top-four ranked teams in the world and Group B including the next set of four.

Group A includes No. 1 USA, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 RPC and No. 4 Korea. Group B consists of No. 5 Czech Republic, No. 6 Italy, No. 7 Slovakia and No. 8 China.

The top two finishers in Group A will automatically advance to the semi-finals, while the top two finishers in Group B will challenge the bottom two finishers in Group A for the other semi-final spots.

The opening day of competition on 5 March will feature two of the most anticipated preliminary round matchups — Paralympic and world champions No. 1 USA vs. Paralympic and world silver medallists No. 2 Canada in the infamous North American rivalry, and Paralympic debutants No. 7 Slovakia vs. No. 8 China, the latter of which will be playing on its home ice.

The tournament will conclude with the bronze-medal game on 12 March followed by the gold-medal game on 13 March.

Here is a look at the full Para ice hockey competition schedule*. 

Saturday, 5 March
9:35: RPC vs. KOR
13:05: USA vs. CAN
16: 35: CZE vs. ITA
20:05: SVK vs. CHN

Sunday, 6 March
9:35: CAN vs. RPC
13:05: KOR vs. USA
16: 35: ITA vs. SVK
20:05: CHN vs. CZE

Tuesday, 8 March
9:35: USA vs. RPC
13:05: CAN vs. KOR
16: 35: ITA vs. CHN
20:05: CZE vs. SVK

Wednesday, 9 March
16:35: Quarterfinal 1 (A3 vs. B2)
20:05: Quarterfinal 2 (A4 vs. B1)

Thursday, 10 March
18:05: Playoffs 7th-8th (B3 vs. B4)

Friday, 11 March
12:05: Semifinal 1
16:05: Playoffs 5th-6th
20:05: Semifinal 2

Saturday, 12 March
20:05: Bronze-medal game 

Sunday, 13 March
12:05: Gold-medal game 

*Competition schedule subject to change