World Para Ice Hockey announces team seedings and groups for PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
World Para Ice Hockey has announced the team seedings and groups for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, which are exactly 100 days away on 9 March. Canada have earned the No. 1 seed after defeating reigning Paralympic champions the USA in the gold medal game at the 2017 World Para Ice Hockey Championships A-Pool in April in Gangneung, South Korea.
The Sochi 2014 bronze medallists will headline Group A, which features No. 4 seed Norway and No. 5 Italy. Sweden claimed the last spot available in PyeongChang after finishing third in October's Qualification Tournament, and complete Group A with the eighth seed.
Defending champions and No. 2 seed USA head up Group B. Joining them are Paralympics hosts South Korea, who earned the No. 3 seed after defeating Norway for the bronze medal in Gangneung.
The Czech Republic will be in PyeongChang as the No. 6 seed, having secured their place after going undefeated at the Qualification Tournament in Ostersund, Sweden. No. 7 seed Japan round off Group B after also securing their spot in March at Ostersund 2017.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC supervises the organisation of the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for ten sports, for which it oversees and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions, including World Para Ice Hockey. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sport opportunities for all persons with an impairment from the beginner to the high performance level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.
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