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I had an idea lately for a new style of world championships for hockey. The IIHF world championship would take the place of the seldom held World Cup of Hockey, and the old championships taking place during the NHL playoffs. It would be every 2 years from September 4th-20th. It would be tiered, with the top and last 3 getting promoted/relegated for the next tournament. each tier would have 10 teams, which are positioned based on IIHF Ranking predictions. So each tier would have two groups of 5 teams. The top team in each group would get a bye to the semi's and the 2nd and 3rd teams would play for a spot in the semi's. The bottom two teams would be fighting for position. The two 5th place teams play each other with no chance of staying, and the two 4th place teams would play with the winner staying in the tier and the other team being relegated. I've only done three tiers, and I don't think I'll do any more. Here are the locations: Tier 1: Toronto/Ottawa, Canada With Canada having a resurgent year, finishing in the top 3 for the first time in 5 years, it only made sense for the birthplace of ice hockey to host the first revamped world championship. Group A: Canada, Sweden, USA, Czech Rep, Belarus Group B: Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Germany Tier 2: Paris, France. Paris narrowly beat out Vienna and Milan for the spot. It is also the most populous city out of any in the tier 2 countries. Group A: France, Denmark, Latvia, Netherlands, Great Britain Group B: Norway, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Kazakhstan Tier 3: Seoul/Pyeonchang, South Korea. With the Olympics two years away from reaching Pyeonchang, the IIHF wanted to give out the locale a chance at hockey before the big show. Seoul would host two Group B games and the Group A quarter's and semi's. Group A: South Korea, Ukraine, Poland, Spain, Australia Group B: Japan, Estonia, Serbia, Lithuania, Romania I'm going to go bottom up, so the first concept will be up in a few minutes.