World Championship groups announced
GB ICE HOCKEY: The groups, dates and venues for the various 2013 World Championship tournaments have been announced following the IIHF Annual Congress in Helsinki.
Great Britain Senior Men will travel to Budapest in World Championship (Division 1A) from 14 to 20th April 2013, and will be in a six-team group with hosts Hungary, relegated nations Italy and Kazakhstan, promoted Korea and last year's opponents Japan.
In addition, it has been confirmed the GB Men will take part in the Olympic pre-qualification event running from 8th to 11th November 2012 at a venue and country yet to be confirmed. Tony Hand's side have been placed in Group J, alongside Japan, Romania and Korea, with the winners progressing to the final qualifying tournament in February 2013.
GB Under-20s take their place in Division 1B and will face hosts Ukraine, along with Kazakhstan, Italy, Poland and Croatia between 10th and 16th December 2012.
GB U18s are off to Tallinn from 31st March to 6th April 2013 in Division 2A, where they were come up against hosts Estonia and also Hungary, Romania, Lithuania and Croatia.
Great Britain Senior Women will face Kazakhstan, China, France (hosts), Netherlands and Korea in Division 1B from 8th to 14th April 2013.
GB Women will also take part in an Olympic pre-qualifcation event (Group E) in Shanghai. This will take place from 8th to 11th November 2012 and GB will face China, France and a qualifier. The winners will progress to the final Olympic qualifying tournament in February 2013.
Meanwhile, Hull Arena will be the venue for the World Championship Under-18s Women's qualifying event from 29th October to 3rd November 2012. GB will go head-to-head with Slovakia, China, Italy, France and Kazakhstan for a place in the Division 1 tournament in Switzerland in January 2013.