For the second time at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship, Latvia is the host nation in 2021. Hopefully, for the home team, the program can continue to make history with this year’s Worlds. Latvia is still chasing their first medal at the World Championship, and how sweet it would be if it was gold and earned on their own ice.
Of the 28 players on the 2021 roster, 18 of them were on the 2019 team that narrowly missed the playoffs. The team last made the tournament’s playoffs in 2018. They fell to the eventual champion, Sweden, but it was a good showing. Simply advancing this year would be a step in the right direction, though the goal is rightfully higher.
|Dates||Friday, May 21 - Sunday, June 6, 2021|
|Venue||Olympic Sports Centre and Arena Riga|
|Channel||NHL Network (USA), TSN (Canada)|
|Live Stream||PremiumTV (Worldwide)|
The 2021 IIHF World Championship has already gotten interesting after the host team Latvia upset Canada on the first day. Not only was it a win for Latvia (1-0), but it was a shutout win against a talented roster. At the 2019 World Championship, Canada outscored their opponents 36-11 en route to a silver medal. Latvia, on the other hand, scored just one more goal than they allowed that year.
The scoring started for Latvia in the first period nearing the end of a power-play opportunity with just two seconds left in the frame. Miks Indrasis was credited with the score. Latvia padded their lead 18 minutes into the second period when Oskars Batna scored off of Ronalds Kenins’ second assist of the day. Canada (0-1) pulled goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper with just over three minutes left, but couldn’t get on the scoreboard.
Latvia won’t have long to celebrate the victory but should go into their Saturday contest against Kazakhstan (0-0) feeling good. With morale high, now is the perfect time to capitalize for the Latvians and keep it rolling a win over a less-experienced opponent. It is important that they settle before the game, however, as it is the perfect trap setup for Kazakhstan to pull off an upset of their own. Latvia versus Kazakhstan is at 1:15pm EST on Saturday.
|9||Renars Krastenbergs||Forward||VSV Villach|
|10||Lauris Darzins||Forward||Dinamo Riga|
|11||Kristaps Sotnieks||Defenseman||Dinamo Riga|
|12||Rihards Marenis||Forward||Kiruna IF|
|13||Gunars Skvorcovs||Defenseman||Dinamo Riga|
|14||Rihards Bukarts||Forward||Dinamo Riga|
|15||Martins Karsums||Forward||Krefeld Pinguine|
|16||Kaspars Daugavins||Forward||Vityaz Podolsk|
|17||Martins Dzierkals||Forward||Dinamo Riga|
|18||Rodrigo Abols||Forward||Orebro HK|
|24||Mikelis Redlihs||Forward||Olimp Riga|
|25||Andris Dzerins||Forward||Dinamo Riga|
|26||Uvis Balinskis||Defenseman||HC Litvinov|
|27||Oskars Cibulskis||Defenseman||HC Litvinov|
|29||Ralfs Freibergs||Defenseman||Ocelari Trinec|
|32||Arturs Kulda||Defenseman||Nuremberg Ice Tigers|
|70||Miks Indrasis||Forward||Dinamo Riga|
|71||Roberts Bukarts||Forward||Dinamo Riga|
|72||Janis Jaks||Defenseman||Bakersfield Condors|
|74||Ivars Punnenovs||Goalkeeper||SCL Tigers Langnau|
|77||Kristaps Zile||Defenseman||Dinamo Riga|
|80||Matiss Kivlenieks||Goalkeepers||Cleveland Monsters|
|87||Gints Meija||Forward||Black Wings Linz|
|91||Ronalds Kenins||Forward||Lausanne HC|
|94||Kristians Rubins||Defenseman||Toronto Marlies|
|95||Oskars Batna||Forward||Anglet Hormadi|
|96||Maris Bicevskis||Forward||BK Mlada Boleslav|
|98||Janis Kalnins||Goalkeeper||Jokerit Helsinki|
Latvia is competing in Group B and will play each other team in the group in the preliminary round. All Group B games are played at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia.
|Friday, May 21, 2021||1:15pm EST||Canada|
|Saturday, May 22, 2021||1:15pm EST||Kazakhstan|
|Monday, May 24, 2021||9:15am EST||Italy|
|Thursday, May 27, 2021||9:15am EST||United States|
|Friday, May 28, 2021||1:15pm EST||Norway|
|Sunday, May 30, 2021||1:15pm EST||Finland|
|Tuesday, June 1, 2021||1:15pm EST||Germany|
How to watch IIHF 2021 Russia Men’s game live stream without cable?
In Latvia, LatTelecom has got all the rights to live broadcast and stream online. If you are an expedite and want to watch all Latvia’s games online from outside Latvia, you may need to find an alternative channel or streaming provider in your current region/location, because the LatTelecom live stream can only be viewed from Latvia. We recommend PremiumTV, as they promised to cover all IIHF games live stream online from anywhere. Their service comes with a one-time payment of $19.99 or even fans can get a free 3 day trial on a monthly plan.