Scotland to host EuroHockey Nations II

Scottish Hockey to host EuroHockey II

Scottish Hockey is pleased to announce that the European Hockey Federation (EHF) has awarded it competition rights to host the Men’s EuroHockey Nations Championship II at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre in 2017.

The tournament will take place from 6-12 August 2017 and will feature Scotland, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, France, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine and Wales.

Following confirmation of the tournament being awarded to Scotland by the EHF, Scottish Hockey Chief Executive David Sweetman, said:

“Scottish Hockey is delighted to have been awarded the hosting rights for the men’s EuroHockey Championship II competition.

“The organisation is committed to supporting the objective of Scotland securing promotion to the Championship division in 2019 so providing a home advantage will help the senior men’s squad further its ambitions in this regard.

“Since the National Hockey Centre opened in 2013, we have actively sought opportunities to bring domestic, European and World level events to the city of Glasgow, with the objective of growing the sport’s profile and giving our athletes the best opportunity to succeed.

“We have also worked effectively in partnership with Glasgow Life, EventScotland, the International Hockey Federation and the EHF to demonstrate that Glasgow is a fantastic location for hockey supporters of all ages and that the 2014 Commonwealth Games hockey venue has a clear legacy.”

“We look forward to welcoming all seven nations to Glasgow and Scotland in 2017.”

The Scots will be targeting a top two finish in the tournament’s second tier in order to secure promotion to the Championship division in 2019, where Europe’s best hockey nations compete.

Head Coach Derek Forsyth and his charges narrowly missed out on promotion in the Championship II division last year, when they finished third behind Poland and Austria.

The draw for the two pools will be confirmed by the EHF at a later date.