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U.S. grouped with Russia in 2018 Winter Olympic men’s hockey tournament

Alex Ovechkin

Forward Alexander Ovechkin (L) of Russia tackles defender Justin Faulk of USA during the semi final match USA vs Russia at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships on May 16, 2015 at the O2 Arena in Prague. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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The U.S. men’s hockey team will be in a group with Russia, Slovakia and a nation yet to qualify at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games.

The top eight nations from the International Ice Hockey Federation world rankings after the 2015 World Championship ended Sunday automatically qualified for the 12-nation 2018 Olympic hockey tournament. More from the IIHF here.

South Korea also gets a spot as host nation, leaving three more nations to round out the field via qualification tournaments in September 2016.

Here are the 2018 Olympic men’s hockey groups (IIHF world ranking):

Group AGroup BGroup C
Canada (1)Russia (2)Sweden (3)
Czech Republic (6)USA (5)Finland (4)
Switzerland (7)Slovakia (8)Qualifier 1
South KoreaQualifier 3Qualifier 2

The U.S., Russia and Slovakia were also in the same group at Sochi 2014, with the U.S. winning the group to earn an automatic quarterfinal berth. Russia, Slovakia and Slovenia finished behind the U.S. and advanced to play-in games to reach the quarters.

It’s not yet known if NHL players will compete in the 2018 Olympics, as they have at each of the last five Winter Games.

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