PyeongChang 2018: Para ice hockey schedule revealed
Hosts South Korea face Japan on opening day 12 Jan 2018
The USA are the defending Paralympic champions heading into PyeongChang 2018
World Para Ice Hockey has revealed the schedule for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, with three matches set for 10 March, the opening day of the Para ice hockey competition.
The first puck will drop at 1200 KST (0400 CET), between Norway and Italy. The hosts - and current World Championship bronze medallists - South Korea will then take the ice against Japan. The attention will then turn to Canada, who look to add the Paralympic gold to their world title from last April, as they face off against Sweden.
The USA will begin their campaign for a third straight Paralympic title on day two (11 March) against Japan.
Preliminary matches will continue until 13 March, with the first games set for noon each day in the Gangneung Hockey Centre. Playoff games will be contested from 14-15 March to not only decide the teams for the finals but also determine ranking from fifth place and above.
Two teams will battle for the bronze medal on 17 March, with the match scheduled for 1200.
Before the Closing Ceremony begins on 18 March, the Paralympic champion will first be decided with the match to take place at noon.
A detailed schedule of Para ice hockey competition at PyeongChang 2018 can be found here
The Paralympic Winter Games take place in PyeongChang, South Korea from 9-18 March. Tickets can be purchased from the official website.
PRELIMINARY GAMES, times in KST
Saturday, 10 March
Game 1 NOR vs ITA - 1200
Game 2 KOR vs JPN - 1530
Game 3 CAN vs SWE - 1900
Sunday, 11 March
Game 4 USA vs JPN - 1200
Game 5 KOR vs CZE - 1530
Game 6 CAN vs ITA - 1900
Monday, 12 March
Game 7 USA vs CZE - 1200
Game 8 CAN vs NOR - 1530
Game 9 ITA vs SWE - 1900
Tuesday, 13 March
Game 10 USA vs KOR - 1200
Game 11 NOR vs SWE - 1530
Game 12 CZE vs JPN - 1900
Wednesday, 14 March
Game 13 (playoffs 1) Third place Group A vs fourth place Group B - 1600 Game 14 (playoffs 2) Third place Group B vs fourth place Group A - 2000
Thursday, 15 March
Game 15 (semifinals) First place Group A vs second place Group B - 1200 Game 16 (semifinals) First place Group B vs second place Group A - 2000
Friday, 16 March
Game 16 (rank 7) Loser playoffs 1 vs loser playoffs 2 - 1600 Game 17 (rank 8) Winner playoffs 1 vs winner playoffs 2 - 2000
Saturday, 17 March
Bronze medal game: Loser semifinals 1 vs loser semifinals 2 - 1200
Sunday, 18 March
Gold medal game: Winner semifinals 1 vs winner semifinals 2 - 1200