This week marks the start of the ice hockey world championships in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark. This championship will kick off on the fourth of May with the United States competing against Canada as well as Germany vs Denmark. The tournament will see 16 countries compete for the coveted World Championship trophy.

First times for Denmark & South Korea

This will be the first time Denmark will host the tournament with the country being the only top-ranked IIHF country to never hosted the tournament. The proposed arenas were the Royal Arena in Copenhagen and the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning with both arenas have a capacity of around 12,000 for hockey games.

South Korea will also make there debut in the competition having previously played in the lower divisions of the tournament. Korea beat Ukraine in a gut-wrenching final with the game going to a shootout where Michael Swift and Sanghoon Shin scored to send South Korea on the road to Denmark.

Ice Hockey breaks NBC Viewership History

The NBC announced that the Women’s Olympic ice hockey final was the most watched late-night program in the history of NBC Sports Network. The final saw the United States capturing its first gold medal in the event since 1998 with a win over rivals Canada by shootout.

These impressive viewership figures of the women’s final were not mirrored in this year’s Olympic men’s tournament. The United States men’s 5-1 victory over Slovakia drew only a third of the viewership than the previous final. The U.S. men’s eight round shootout victory over Russia in the 2014 Sochi Games established a record at the time for a hockey games on NBCSN with a total of 4.1 million viewers.

Chris Snode Casting & Ice hockey

Here at Chris Snode Casting we have experience casting ice hockey players. We worked on an Argos advert shot finding professional ice hockey players, a figure skating champion and other incredible ice skaters. The commercial was shot in Poland and directed by Henry Scholfield and produced by Caviar.

We’ve also been lucky enough to work with some of the best ice skaters in the world in our casting for the Rekorderlig advert. For this advert we cast ice skaters and acrobats to show off their incredible skill and strength as they skated across a frozen lake. Both their performances earned five awards worldwide which included a British Arrows award.