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Ice Hockey at EYOWF 2011 Competition Programme  

Categories Matches

Group A, 3 teams, 3 matches

Group B, 3 teams, 3 matches
5th place match
3rd place match

Detailed Ice Hockey programme here.
For Invitation and Official Programme of Ice Hockey click here.
Though a game similar to hockey is first mentioned in the ancient Egypt, the beginnings of modern ice hockey date back to 1875, when a first recorded ice hockey match was played in Montreal Canada.At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, ice hockey experienced great boom in both Canada and USA, but also in Europe. In 1904, the first professional hockey league was founded in the United States. The development of both the rules and method of the game at the American and European continents slightly differed. For the American continent, Stanley Cup represents the hockey top, despite the fact that the highest world contest is the World Championship.  
For breaking the rules – e.g. with a foul – a player is sent to the penalty box for the minimum of 2 minutes, providing the other team with the advantage of the so-called power play. Two linesmen and one referee supervise the game. The referee is chiefly responsible for calling fouls; linesmen are in charge of the puck movement, which is limited: the offside (the opponent’s player is closer to the goaltender than either the puck or his own player); and icing (the puck is shot from the player’s own half of the rink, without being touched, all the way behind the opponent’s goal).


If one of the above mentioned situations comes, the game is interrupted for a so-called face-off, which takes place at three places intended for this purpose. Basic game time is 3 x 20 minutes; the team that scores more goals wins.  

Interesting numbers
12x is the number of gold medals won by Czech hockey players at World Championships – in 1947, 1949, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1985, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2010.  

is the year of the first World Women Championship in ice hockey.

Ice-hockey matches will take place in the multi-functional hall Tipsport arena. The whole venue is located close to the centre of Liberec, along the motorway in the direction towards Prague, which makes it easily accessible for visitors.  
The whole complex offers several sporting opportunities. The dominant feature is the multi–functional hall - Tipsport arena. There are also two ice rings in the Svijanska arena, an indoor hall, a gymnastics hall, a shooting range, a bowling alley, a softball and baseball field, an athletics stadium, and also a newly-opened cryocentre.
The venue includes several hundreds of parking spaces. The smaller car park (capacity of 177 cars) is partly covered with a roof and, under normal operation, is accessible to the public; if an event is being held, this car park is designated for VIP guests and the organisers. The larger, main car park is located about 100 m from the main entrance and can hold over 800 cars and a few buses.
A three-star hotel Arena with a hostel forms a part of the complex.
Tipsport arena
The construction of the multi-functional arena was completed in spring 2005 and on September 8th of the same year, the grand opening of the arena was celebrated. The hall can hold competitions in any indoor sports areas, as well as social and cultural events (concerts, exhibitions). However, most frequently the hall is used by the players of the Liberec Ice-Hockey club HC Bílí Tygři. From the very start the Tipsport arena serves as the base for the Liberec basketball players BK Kondoři. Both teams play the highest Czech respective leagues and regularly rank at the top.
The hall can seat up to 9,000 people at social and cultural events. For a sports event there can be 7,500 spectators.
The arena covers an area of more than 27,000 m2 and comprises of four floors. In the centre, right above the field there is a multi-media jumbotron with four projection screens of 4.6 m diagonal.
The ice rink on the first floor of the building is 60 x 26 m large. This floor features facilities for the players and performers in the form of spacious lockers, a gym, a treatment room, and a doping control room. The operator's main storeroom is housed here, together with the chronometry area, a technical room, and, of course, restrooms.
The main visitors’ entrance to the hall, a gallery with several stands, restrooms, and 18 entrances to the auditorium are all located on the second floor. The third floor is divided into 48 skyboxes and restaurants. The fourth floor is designated for the press and media. The journalists have a press office available here, a social area, and approximately 100 seats. This floor also houses the technical back offices. 
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The third and fourth floors are separated by a multimedia strip (ring) leading along the gradin of the entire arena and is 256 m long and 72 cm high. The strip is made from LED technology.
The hall observes the parameters for holding competitions organised by the International Ice Hockey Federation and the International Skating Union. World Championships in freestyle motocross and a tournament of the Euro Hockey Tour – ČP Cup series in Ice Hockey are held here on a regular basis.
The most important sports events held in the Tipsport arena:
8. 7. 2005 - Czech Republic - Italy (Tennis Fed Cup)
23. 9. 2005 – Czech Republic-Germany (Tennis Davis Cup)
26. 10. 2005 – Liberec Trophy 2005 (Figure Skating)
31. 8. 2006 – Euro Hockey Tour – ČP Cup 2006 (Ice Hockey)
23. 10. 2006 – Liberec Trophy 2006 (Figure Skating)
22. 2. 2007 – World Championship in freestyle motocross – Night of the Jumps (Motocross)
26. 12. 2007 - World Junior (under 20) Ice Hockey Championship (Ice Hockey)
16. 4. 2009 Euro Hockey Tour 2009 (lce Hockey)
8. - 11. 7. 2010 FLOORFEST (Floorball)
28. - 29. 9. 2010 CZE vs.Germany Under 20 (Basketball)
5. 10. 2010 NHL Premiere Challenge 2010 - Bílí Tygři vs. Boston Bruins (Ice Hockey)
13. 11. 2010 CZE Championship in Freestyle Motocross- FMX Gladior Games (Motocross)
The most important cultural and social events held in the Tipsport arena:
15. 10. 2005 – Miss Europe – Junior Open 2005 Finals (Beauty contest)
23. 2. 2006 –concert of Deep Purple (Concert)
13. 12. 2007 – The Alexandrov Red Army Choir (Concert)
12. 3. 2008 – Lord of the Dance (Dance show)
Svijanská aréna
The Svijanská aréna used to be the main ice rink used only by the local Ice Hockey club. Now the hall has been reconstructed and provides two ice rinks, which Ice Hockey players and figure skaters use for training.
Indoor hall
This hall was built within the reconstruction of the entire venue and it now provides up to three fields for indoor sports, such as floorball, badminton, and tennis. It also includes ricochet courts.
Indoor venue
This venue includes a gymnastics hall, a shooting range, a skittle alley, a bowling alley, table tennis hall with several tables, and an aerobic hall used by, among others, judokas.
A roundhouse forms a connecting link between the buildings, it is a selling point and an information centre at the same time. On the first floor there is a spacious restaurant seating 250, which is located next to the area in which, during major matches, a VIP restaurant seating also 250 people is used.



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