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2015 IIHF World Championships schedule and groups: Four Leafs represented

Leo Komarov, Richard Panik and Jake Gardiner will represent the Toronto Maple Leafs at this year's IIHF World Championships. Joakim Lindstrom too... We've got the full details.

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The 2015 IIHF World Championships are kicking off on Friday, May 1 for Preliminary Round action. The Leafs will be represented by two players. Leo Komarov will play for Finland, Richard Panik will play for Slovakia, and Jake Gardiner will play for the United States. Joakim Lindstrom will also play for Sweden, although it's unsure if he will return to the Leafs next season (likely not).

The tournament may mean something to Panik, who is a RFA with the Leafs this offseason, in search of a new deal.

All three of the U.S., Finland and Slovakia will play out of the same group, and are guaranteed at least one meeting.

The tournament holds clout in that the top eight teams are guaranteed Olympic status, while the rest are forced to play in for the final spots. For teams on the bubble like Slovakia and Switzerland, performance at this year's tournament must be successful.

The 16 participating countries are broken into two groups.

Group A (seed): Sweden (1), Canada (4), Czech Republic (5), Switzerland (7), Latvia (9), France (12), Germany (13), Austria (16).

Group B (seed): Finland (2), Russia (3), United States (6), Slovakia (8), Norway (10), Belarus (11), Slovenia (14), Denmark (15).

You can catch the majority of the tournament's games on TSN's various channels. For some added intrigue, keep an eye on United States forward Auston Matthews while you watch Jake Gardiner. If the Leafs fail to compete in 2015-2016, Matthews is the early consensus first overall selection.

Each of Komarov, Panik, Lindstrom and Gardiner's games are highlighted in the complete schedule below.

Round Group Date Visitor Home Location Status
Preliminary A Fri, May 1 Latvia Canada O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary B Fri, May 1 Finland United States ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary A Fri, May 1 Sweden Czech Republic O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary B Fri, May 1 Norway Russia ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary A Sat, May 2 Austria Switzerland O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 6:15 AM EDT
Preliminary B Sat, May 2 Denmark Slovakia ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 6:15 AM EDT
Preliminary A Sat, May 2 Germany France O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary B Sat, May 2 Slovenia Belarus ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary A Sat, May 2 Czech Republic Latvia O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary B Sat, May 2 United States Norway ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary A Sun, May 3 Sweden Austria O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 6:15 AM EDT
Preliminary B Sun, May 3 Slovenia Russia ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 6:15 AM EDT
Preliminary A Sun, May 3 Germany Canada O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary B Sun, May 3 Slovakia Belarus ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary A Sun, May 3 Switzerland France O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary B Sun, May 3 Finland Denmark ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary A Mon, May 4 Sweden Latvia O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary B Mon, May 4 United States Russia ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary A Mon, May 4 Czech Republic Canada O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary B Mon, May 4 Finland Norway ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary A Tue, May 5 Germany Switzerland O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary B Tue, May 5 Belarus Denmark ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary A Tue, May 5 France Austria O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary B Tue, May 5 Slovenia Slovakia ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary A Wed, May 6 Latvia Switzerland O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary B Wed, May 6 Denmark Russia ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary A Wed, May 6 Canada Sweden O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary B Wed, May 6 Norway Slovakia ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary A Thu, May 7 France Czech Republic O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary B Thu, May 7 Belarus United States ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary A Thu, May 7 Germany Sweden O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary B Thu, May 7 Slovenia Finland ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary A Fri, May 8 Austria Czech Republic O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary B Fri, May 8 Norway Slovenia ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary A Fri, May 8 Latvia Germany O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary B Fri, May 8 Denmark United States ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary A Sat, May 9 Canada France O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 6:15 AM EDT
Preliminary B Sat, May 9 Russia Belarus ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 6:15 AM EDT
Preliminary A Sat, May 9 Latvia Austria O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary B Sat, May 9 Slovakia Finland ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary A Sat, May 9 Switzerland Sweden O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary B Sat, May 9 Norway Denmark ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary A Sun, May 10 Czech Republic Germany O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary B Sun, May 10 United States Slovenia ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary A Sun, May 10 Canada Switzerland O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary B Sun, May 10 Russia Slovakia ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary A Mon, May 11 Austria Germany O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary B Mon, May 11 Belarus Finland ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary A Mon, May 11 France Sweden O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary B Mon, May 11 Denmark Slovenia ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary A Tue, May 12 Austria Canada O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 6:15 AM EDT
Preliminary B Tue, May 12 Belarus Norway ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 6:15 AM EDT
Preliminary A Tue, May 12 France Latvia O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary B Tue, May 12 Slovakia United States ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Preliminary A Tue, May 12 Switzerland Czech Republic O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Preliminary B Tue, May 12 Russia Finland ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Quarter-final
Thu, May 14 TBD TBD ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 9:15 AM EDT
Quarter-final
Thu, May 14 TBD TBD O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Quarter-final
Thu, May 14 TBD TBD ČEZ Aréna, Ostrava, CZE 1:15 PM EDT
Quarter-final
Thu, May 14 TBD TBD O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 2:15 PM EDT
Semifinal
Sat, May 16 TBD TBD O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 9:15 AM EDT
Semifinal
Sat, May 16 TBD TBD O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 1:15 PM EDT
Bronze
Sun, May 17 TBD TBD O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 10:15 AM EDT
Gold
Sun, May 17 TBD TBD O2 Arena, Prague, CZE 2:45 PM EDT