This also impacts all the other divisions in global women's hockey, though they will stay the same with six members in each division.
IIHF Council member Zsuzsanna Kolbenheyer said that this was a discussion that had been ongoing for roughly three years, and really began being considered after the success of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. However, the gap between the third and 15th team is not that big anymore. In 2022, the Finnish cities of Helsinki and Tampere will host games.
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Only the victor of the group will be promoted to the Elite Division.
- No team in the entire 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship program for all divisions will be relegated.
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The division features the best six nations outside of the top division. The tenth team will be determined next season. At all these tournaments the winning team will be promoted to the next level and no team will be relegated.
What may be good news to rabid hockey fans was announced Wednesday as NHL Network has acquired exclusive USA rights to the IIHF World Championships from 2018 through 2020.
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The 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will take place from May 4-20 in Denmark at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen and at the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning. Belarus hosted the championship in 2014.
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