World Para Ice Hockey has announced that Ostersund, Sweden will host the 2020 World Para Ice Hockey European Championships from 19-25 April. The tournament will feature eight teams: defending European champions Russia, silver medallists Italy and bronze medallists Norway, along with the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Poland, and host nation Sweden.
“We are thrilled to be returning to Ostersund, which has turned into a great showcase city for Para ice hockey, having hosted a successful European Championships in 2016 and World Championships B-Pool in 2015,” said World Para Ice Hockey Sport Manager Michelle LaFlamme. “This event will serve as a great opportunity for the region’s top teams in the sport to face off all on the same ice.”
“We are extremely proud to welcome Europe’s finest to Ostersund,” said Frederik Andersson, head of the Local Organising Committee and Sports Manager for the Swedish Paralympic Committee. “As a part of the Ostersund declaration we aim to provide a chance for the world’s best to perform with excellence during each event our town is hosting. The World Para Ice Hockey European Championships are no exception.”
With a population of about 60,000, Ostersund is known to be a winter sports hub, hosting the 2020 Para Biathlon World Championships and other major international winter events, including cross-country skiing World Cups and World Junior Curling Championships.
The last World Para Ice Hockey European Championships took place in 2016 in Ostersund, where Russia claimed their first European title and the host nation finished in sixth place.
Ostersund also held the 2017 World Paralympic Ice Hockey Qualification Tournament. That tournament saw the Czech Republic, Japan, and Sweden qualify for the 2018 Winter Paralympics.
The host team will once again look to impress the home crowd. They will be bolstered by a series of 7th place finishes at the 2018 Winter Paralympics and the 2019 World Para Ice Hockey Championships.
For more information regarding the 2020 European Para-Ice Hockey Championships you can follow the International Paralympic Committee on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Totallympics Media will also provide a review of the event once the tournament has concluded.