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2014 Olympic Games: Men's hockey schedule released

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The NHL will take a break from Feb. 9 through Feb. 26 to play in Sochi.

Bruce Bennett

The chase for gold in men's ice hockey begins Feb. 12.

As part of the announcement that the NHL and NHLPA had come to an agreement with the IIHF to participate in the Sochi games, the schedule for the 11-day tournament was announced by the league and the IIHF today. The NHL will take a break from the 2013-14 regular season starting Feb. 9. The break will last through Feb. 26, while the tournament will take place from Feb. 12-23.

Defending gold medal winner Canada is in Group B with Austria, Finland and Norway. They'll begin play on Feb. 13 against Norway at noon ET. Team USA begins its quest to top a silver medal in Vancouver on Feb. 13 as well, taking on Slovakia at 7:30 p.m. ET. It will also play against Slovenia and Russia in Group A.

2014's tournament expands from eight to 12 teams. The top four teams in round-robin play will receive a bye to the quarterfinals, while the remaining eight will play in a qualification playoff. From there, it'll be an eight-team elimination playoff to determine a champion.

2014 Olympic Hockey Groups

Group A Group B Group C
Russia Austria Czech Republic
Slovenia Canada Latvia
Slovakia Finland Switzerland
United States Norway Sweden

2014 Olympic Hockey schedule

Date Time Matchup
Feb. 12 Noon ET Czech Rep. vs. Sweden
Feb. 12 Noon ET Latvia vs. Switzerland
Feb. 13 3 a.m. ET Finland vs. Austria
Feb. 13 7:30 a.m. ET Russia vs. Slovenia
Feb. 13 7:30 a.m. ET Slovakia vs. USA
Feb. 13 Noon ET Canada vs. Norway
Feb. 14 3 a.m. ET Czech Republic vs. Latvia
Feb. 14 7:30 a.m. ET Sweden vs. Switzerland
Feb. 14 Noon ET Canada vs. Austria
Feb. 14 Noon ET Norway vs. Finland
Feb. 15 3 a.m. ET Slovakia vs. Slovenia
Feb. 15 7:30 a.m. ET USA vs. Russia
Feb. 15 Noon ET Switzerland vs. Czech Republic
Feb. 15 Noon ET Sweden vs. Latvia
Feb. 16 3 a.m. ET Austria vs. Norway
Feb. 16 7:30 a.m. ET Russia vs. Slovakia
Feb. 16 7:30 a.m. ET Slovenia vs. USA
Feb. 16 Noon ET Finland vs. Canada
Feb. 18 3 a.m. ET Qualification Playoff
Feb. 18 7:30 a.m. ET Qualification Playoff
Feb. 18 Noon ET Qualification Playoff
Feb. 18 Noon ET Qualification Playoff
Feb. 19 3 a.m. ET Quarterfinal
Feb. 19 7:30 a.m. ET Quarterfinal
Feb. 19 Noon ET Quarterfinal
Feb. 19 Noon ET Quarterfinal
Feb. 21 7 a.m. ET Semifinal
Feb. 21 Noon ET Semifinal
Feb. 22 10 a.m. ET Bronze Medal Game
Feb. 23 7 a.m. ET Gold Medal Game

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