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The UK leads the way this weekend with the first professional three-on-three one-day tournament which will test and evaluate the potential of this innovative format for the future.

The IIHF chose the UK to spearhead this format which will take place at The Ozone in Bracknell on Sunday (14th April).

The four-team Intermotor Ozone 3×3 Test Event includes players from the EIHL and NIHL as the IIHF looks to build on the success of the U16 competitions at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne and the recent 2024 edition in Korea.

The teams taking part…
Cardiff Fire
Team HiRef UK
Scotland Selects
Slough Jets

IIHF Council Member, Raeto Raffainer, said: “We’ve been involved in three-on-three for a few years but always with kids.

“Now we have to try it with adult players. That’s why we pushed Ice Hockey UK to have the best available players at Sunday’s event.

“This isn’t just for amateurs. We have pros from the Elite League involved and we’re hoping the standard will be as high as possible.”

Ice Hockey UK General Secretary, Andy French, said: “The new three-on-three concept is proving to he hugely popular with the players, coaches and fans.

“We saw first-hand the excitement when GB played at the Youth Olympics earlier this year. We are excited to be hosting this event at the weekend.”

Sunday’s tournament starts at 10am UK time. The four teams will contest a round-robin phase. The teams placed second and third will play a semi-final which is scheduled to start at 4:12pm. The winner advances to a grand final against the group winner which set to start at 5:14pm. All the action will be streamed on the IIHF’s YouTube channel.

Click here to read more on the IIHF website.