The ice hockey tournament schedules for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games have been released with Canada set to begin the defence of their Olympic men’s title against Switzerland.
The Group A clash is due to take place at the Kwandong Hockey Centre on February 15, which will mark the second day of competition in the men’s tournament.
It will be held at the same time as the Group A encounter between Czech Republic and hosts South Korea at the Gangneung Hockey Centre.
The opening day of the men’s tournament will see Group B take centre stage with Slovakia facing Russia and the United States going up against Slovenia.
Group C is due to begin on day two with a meeting between Germany and Sochi 2014 Olympic bronze medallists Finland.
This will be followed by world champions Sweden taking on Norway.
The quarter-final matches are scheduled for February 21 and will be followed by the semi-finals on February 23.
The bronze medal match is set for February 24 and the final for February 25.
In the women's event, Canada will be aiming to make it five consecutive Olympic crowns and they begin their quest to do so against Russia at the Kwandong Hockey Centre on February 11.
Their match will be the second of that day in Group A with Finland facing the US earlier.
The US will go into the Olympic tournament as the favourites, having won every Women’s World Championship since losing to Canada in a thrilling overtime final at Sochi 2014.
Opening the women’s tournament will be a Group B game between Japan and Sweden on February 10.
Hosts South Korea follow up with an evening match against Switzerland.
The quarter-final matches are scheduled for February 17 and will be followed by the semi-finals on February 19.
The bronze medal match is set for February 21 and the final for February 22.
The Gangneung Hockey Centre, which can hold up to 10,000 spectators, will host the majority of the men’s hockey games as well as both gold medal matches.
The 6,000-capacity Kwandong Hockey Centre will provide the setting for all the women’s games with the exception of the semi-finals and the final.
Earlier this month, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach appealed to owners of National Hockey League (NHL) teams to allow athletes to compete at Pyeongchang 2018.
Bach made the plea in the closing press conference of the 131st IOC Session in Peru’s capital Lima, with the prospect of players from the world's largest league appearing to be slim.
The NHL announced in April that they would not participate for the first time since their inaugural Olympic appearance at Nagano 1998.
It is still possible that they could change their mind but International Ice Hockey Federation President René Fasel has previously admitted to insidethegames it will take a "miracle" for this to happen.
Both he and representatives from the IOC have since insisted that the quality of the tournament will not be affected and that the NHL will miss out on the opportunity to have the sport and its leading names exposed to different markets.