2021 IIHF: Italy Men’s National Ice Hockey Team preview, live stream,roster and game schedule

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Team Italy

Italy failed to qualify for the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship in 2018. Now, however, the Italians have made it for the second consecutive year in 2021. There was no tournament in 2020, but in 2019 Italy had a rough return to the event. Defensively, they gave up more goals than anyone else on their way to being outscored 48-5. Not only was the 48 goals allowed a tournament-high, but the five offensive was the lowest of the 16 teams. Still, it was an overtime shootout victory over Austria in their final game that kept them out of last place.

Seven players return for Italy at the 2021 IIHF World Championship from the 2019 team. Notably, only one defenseman from that squad is with the team in Latvia, and there’s been a complete change at goalkeeper. These personnel decisions shouldn’t come as a surprise, and maybe the roster changes can have a positive impact on Italy’s record.

Tournament Details

DatesFriday, May 21 - Sunday, June 6, 2021
LocationRiga, Latvia
VenueOlympic Sports Centre and Arena Riga
ChannelNHL Network (USA), TSN (Canada)
Live StreamPremiumTV (Worldwide)

Preview

Italy is struggling mightily at the World Championship, and in each of their games was a full two steps or more behind their opponent. They lost to Germany in the first game 9-4, then put up just one point to lose to Norway 4-1. Group B’s struggles to separate from each other in the standings so far leaves a bit of hope for the Italians. That, however, would be surprising because they just don’t look good.

Team Roster

NumberNamePositionClub
10Stefano GiliatiForwardHC Bolzano
13Peter HochkoflerForwardEC Salzburg
14Thomas GalimbertiForwardHC Eppan
17Lorenzo CasettiDefensemanAsiago Hockey
19Raphael AndergassenForwardHC Pustertal
21Daniel GliraDefensemanHC Pustertal
22Simon PitschielerForwardHC Bolzano
23Stefano MarchettiDefensemanAsiago Hockey
24Peter SpornbergerDefensemanEHC Freiburg
26Angelo MiceliForwardHC Bolzano
29Davide FadaniGoalkeeperHC Lugano
31Damian ClaraGoalkeeperRed Bull Hockey Academy
32Justin FazioGoalkeeperHC Bolzano
37Phil PietroniroDefensemanSG Cortina
44Gregorio GiosDefensemanSHC Fassa
46Ivan DelucaForwardHC Bolzano
68Sebastiano SoracreppaDefensemanHC Thurgau
81Anthony BardaroForwardHC Bolzano
91Marco RosaForwardAsiago Hockey
92Alex PetanForwardFehervar AV 19
93Luca FrigoForwardHC Bolzano
94Daniel FrankForwardHC Bolzano
95Marco MagnaboscoForwardAsiago Hockey

 

Prelims Schedule

Italy 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.

DateTimeOpponent
Friday, May 21, 20219:15am ESTGermany
Sunday, May 23, 20215:15am ESTNorway
Monday, May 24, 20219:15am ESTLatvia
Thursday, May 27, 20211:15pm ESTFinland
Saturday, May 29, 20215:15am ESTKazakhstan
Sunday, May 30, 20219:15am ESTCanada
Tuesday, June 1, 20219:15am ESTUnited States

 

How to watch IIHF 2021 Italy Men’s game live stream from anywhere?

In Italy, DAZN has got all the rights to live broadcast and stream online. If you are an expedite and want to watch all Italy’s games online from outside Italy, You may need to find an alternative channel or streaming provider in your current region/location, because DAZN live stream can only be viewed from Italy. 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.

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