Proud minister and mayors:
by Michael Sovso|26 JAN 2017
The Danish players thank their fans for their support during the 2010 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Germany.
photo: Jukka Rautio / HHOF-IIHF Images

One of the biggest sport events is coming to Denmark, and that evokes pride and happiness in the Danish Minister for Culture and mayors of the host cities.

Herning, Copenhagen and Denmark. The host cities are ready to welcome fans from all over the world, and the nation is waiting in anticipation for ice hockey’s biggest stars to take the ice in the two arenas.

The Danish Minister for Culture, Mette Bock, once more welcomes the opportunity for Denmark to be hosting a major sport event.

”In recent years, Denmark has managed to attract a host of international sport events – big and small. And I am happy that, with the support of Sport Event Denmark and the host cities Copenhagen and Herning, we also succeeded in getting one of the biggest sport events in the world, the ice hockey world championship, to Denmark in 2018. It is an achievement we can be proud of.”

History revived in Orestaden

The new landmark of entertainment in Copenhagen, Royal Arena, is completed and enthrones beautifully in the newest and most modern part of Copenhagen, Orestaden. Joined by its smaller “brother”, the brand new Orestad Skating Rink, they form the basis for Denmark’s latest “Ice Hockey City”.

The 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship builds upon a strong - but mostly forgotten by the public - tradition for ice hockey in Copenhagen, which started all the way back in 1977 when the venue Forum hosted more than 7,000 fans for the final of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship C-Pool between Denmark and Italy.

In the 1980s the national games took place in a sold-out Brondby Hallen and Denmark further hosted a couple of IIHF World Championships in the C-Pool (now Division I Group B), which sparked a real “hockey fever” in the public. In 1999 Rodovre and Odense jointly hosted a fantastic IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship B-Pool.

Since Denmark won the Division I in 2002, the nation has been a mainstay in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships playing against the very elite of international ice hockey nations, including the U.S., Canada, Sweden and Russia.

A proud lord mayor

For the first time in history, one of the biggest sport events in the world, the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, is coming to Denmark. Travelling fans will get to experience a world class event in beautiful surroundings, as the Danish capital Copenhagen plays host to 34 of the 64 games, including the semi-finals and final. Lord Mayor Frank Jensen is excited about the opportunity to host an event of this caliber.

“I am proud that Copenhagen now has a multi-use indoor arena of international standard. It will give Copenhagen a unique opportunity to attract some of the biggest sport events. I am excited and look forward to following the World Championship in May 2018.”

Copenhagen should be proud and excited about this huge event, says Frank Jensen.

“It is one of the world’s biggest sport events and in Royal Arena 34 matches will be played, including the semi-finals and the final. In May 2018, the people of Copenhagen will have much to be excited about.”

Mayor of Herning: “It is going to be a huge party”

The 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship is historical for Denmark, and host city Herning is set to host the Danish national team in the preliminary round.

Ice Hockey is part of Herning’s DNA, with the home team Herning Blue Fox attracting thousands of people to the Kvik Hockey Arena season after season. During the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, the original ice rink of Herning will however have to play the role of the practice rink as the national team skates on to the ice in another part of the city.

Jyske Bank BOXEN has been named as one of the two main venues in May 2018. The arena will get to host thousands of fans dressed in red and white, as they cheer the Danish national team on to give their all against the biggest ice hockey nations in the world.

Herning is fully prepared to welcome the World Championship. The entrepreneurial city in Jutland has through the years hosted several big sport events. The Mayor of Herning, Lars Krarup, is looking forward to welcoming the stars of international ice hockey:

“May 2018 is going to be huge when the Ice Hockey World Championship comes to town. With Jyske Bank BOXEN as home ground for the Danish national team and seven other nations, we are ready for a huge hockey party.”

Lars Krarup adds: “As host for the biggest winter sport event we will do all possible to manifest a huge party for both the Herning citizens and its guests.”