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The UK will host the Pre-Qualification round of the Olympic Qualifiers with the prestigious tournament being held in Cardiff next year.

The Vindico Arena will be the venue for the four-team tournament from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th February 2024, as Great Britain come up against Romania, China and a qualifier from the previous round.

The group winners will progress to Final Qualifying in August 2024 for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Italy.

It’s the second time in four years that the UK has held this stage of the Olympic Qualifiers, with Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena hosting the tournament in February 2020.

Ice Hockey UK CEO, Henry Staelens, said: “It’s going to be a special event and great to be taking GB Men’s competitive hockey to Cardiff, who have been really good to work with during our conversations with them.

“I’m sure the fans will pack the place out and create a brilliant atmosphere as we aim to progress to the next round.”

Cardiff Devils MD, Todd Kelman, said: “We are pleased to be able to host such a prestigious event.

“We look forward to working with Ice Hockey UK to bring this tournament to Vindico Arena and hopefully have plenty of fans cheering on GB.”

Full details, including schedule and ticket prices, will be released in the coming weeks.

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